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Southern Sierra Science Symposium planned for Visalia
Date:8/27/2008

ublic; however the draft research plan will be available to the public.

Day 3 will provide an opportunity to attend the Celebrate Sequoias Festival, Saturday, September 6, on the Hume Lake Ranger District of the Giant Sequoia National Monument.

Speakers will include:

CLIMATE CHANGE AND FOREST WILDFIRE IN CALIFORNIA
ANTHONY WESTERLING - Sierra Nevada Research Institute, University of California, Merced

Dr. Anthony Westerling is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Engineering and Geography at UC Merced. His research interests include applied climatology; climate-wildfire interactions; statistical modeling for seasonal forecasts, paleofire reconstructions, and climate change impact assessments; and resource management and policy. Dr. Westerling holds a B.A. from University of California, Los Angeles; and a Ph.D. from University of California, San Diego. Prior to coming to Merced, he worked for six years as a researcher at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. He is a principle investigator with the NOAA Regional Integrated Science and Assessment program for California, the USDA Forest Service's Pacific Southwest Research Station, and the California Energy Commission's California Climate Change Center.

CLIMATE CHANGE EFFECTS ON THE SIERRA NEVADA
NATHAN L. STEPHENSON - USGS Western Ecological Research Center, Sequoia Kings Canyon Field Station

Nate Stephenson is a Research Ecologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, stationed in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks since 1979. His research has focused on climatic controls of vegetation distribution, consequences of lengthy fire exclusion on forests, use of prescribed fire as a tool for forest restoration, and environmental controls of forest dynamics. He has served as a contributing scientist on the Sierra Nevada Ecosystem Project, the Science Advisory Board for the new Giant Sequoia National Monument and the steering committee for the National Study of
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Contact: Roland Giller
rgiller@fs.fed.us
510-559-6327
US Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station
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