GEP Forum

The Environmental Forum is a speaker series open to all Sonoma State students, faculty, staff and members of the public. It is FREE with no advance registration required.

Join Us on Thursdays 3-3:50 p.m. in Ives Hall room 101


September 19th-Judith Ford/Sonoma State University

September 26th-Bradley Stokes/Army Corps of Engineers-Central Coast California Coho Captive Broodstock Program

We're an endangered central coast California Coho captive broodstock rearing and establishment program. We spawn Coho with a genetic spawning matrix to prevent genetic drift. Fish are raised with the goal of releasing their progeny to help reestablish a self-sustaining population. The Army corps works with our habitat and monitoring partners, which volunteers could potentially form relationships with as well. Volunteers could choose to help with daily hatchery duties, as well as PIT and coded wire tagging, adult Coho inventory work, data management, backpack hike field releases, spawning, and hatchery fabrication.

October 3rd-Tom Jacobson/Sonoma State University-Planning: What is it and why should you care?

Adaptation planning for sea level rise, tiny homes for affordable and vital communities, climate action planning, planning for healthy communities, integrating land use and water resources, planning for walkability and “complete streets,” urban greening and mental health, crime prevention through environmental design, urban agriculture, economic resiliency, wildfire and land use planning. These are just a few of the topics engaging the planning profession. Learn why and how SSU’s Planning program is committed to effective planning to create and preserve healthy and sustainable cities, small towns, and open space.

October 10th-Rhyena Laney/Sonoma State University-Payments for Environmental Services (PES): A management tool for supporting wildlife in agricultural landscapes

I will present my research on how the United States Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) and The Nature Conservancy are using PES to support shorebird habitat in the ricelands of the Northern Sacramento Valley. This presentation will expose students to research questions and careers related to environmental management in agricultural landscapes.

October 17th -Michael Knappman, Jessica Gilleran, and Ryan Kurada/University Elementary School

October 24th- Nathan Rank/Sonoma State University

October 31st- Heidi Herrmann/Sonoma State University

November 7th- Jacquelyn Guilford/Sonoma State University-Water Quality Credit Training in the Laguna de Santa Rosa

Sonoma Water is removing sediment from a stretch of the Laguna de Santa Rosa where it passes under Stony Point Road in Rohnert Park. Goals of this project include discouraging growth of the invasive Ludwigia plant and to generate water quality credits by removing sediment-bound nitrogen. Students in GEP 359 have been monitoring the effects of the sediment removal project by characterizing the shape of the channel, plant type, water depth, water temperature, and canopy cover.

November 14th-Matthew Clark/Sonoma State University-Soundscapes to Landscapes (S2L): Monitoring Avian Diversity from Space Using Citizen Scientists

Remote sensing plays a critical role in long-term monitoring and conservation of biodiversity across spataial and temporal scales. In particular, Light Detection and Ranging (lidar) sensors measure information on vegetation structure that can be linked to animal habitat. This talk will describe the Soundscapes to Landcapes project, which seeks to advance bird diversity monitoring with space-based lidar sensor, as well as other spatial data. Citizen scientists (e.g., bird enthusiasts, students) place portable sound recorders in natural and urban areas and then process "soundscape" recordings for automated species detection through bird calls. Field information on bird species, spatial predictor data and statistical modeling are used to create bird diversity maps for conservation planning and ecosystem monitoring applications.

November 28th-Thanksgiving Holiday-Campus Closed

December 5th-Michelle Goman/Sonoma State University

December 12-TBA