Outreach and Extension
Adina Merenlender is founder and Director of the UC California Naturalist Program who's mission is to foster a diverse community of naturalists and promote stewardship of California's natural resources through education and service. We are in the process of developing a new certification course to prepare Climate Stewards to communicate and engage in local solutions to advance community and ecosystem resilience. Please visit the UC California Naturalist Program web site.
Work in extension provides us with opportunities to develop participatory research and the ability to influence natural resource policy and management. This ensures that our scientific investigations address emerging environmental issues that are important to stakeholders and decision-makers. We have a lot of experience working with decision-makers in public and private organizations to couple conservation and land use planning using spatially-explicit decision-support systems.
Through extension publications, presentations, and collaborative projects we provide scientific information to assist with environmental problem solving at the local level. This information is based on applied research done by the Merenlender lab, collaborative work with other UC academics, and our familiarity with scholarship in landscape ecology, conservation biology, watershed science, and planning. We work collaboratively with UC County extension academics, local, state, and federal resource agencies, as well as private interest groups.