Managing for resilience of inland fishes
Stephanie Carlson, UC Berkeley
Since joining the faculty in UC Berkeley’s Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management in 2008, I have been working to develop an active research program centered on the ecology and conservation of California’s inland fishes. Similar to rivers in other Mediterranean climate regions, California’s waterways are generally altered, degraded, and invaded, and native fishes are in decline. My seminar will highlight several new research threads as well as lessons learned. This body of work highlights the importance of population diversity to the resiliency of native fishes as well as the importance of maintaining a diversity of aquatic habitats, even seasonally-available ones, as a strategy for conserving aquatic biodiversity in Mediterranean climate California.