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Tuesday, November 1
7:45 AM

Bill Tietje, Symposium Co-Chair
Cooperative Extension, Dept. of Environmental, Science, Policy and Management, UC Berkeley

7:55 Opening Remarks 
Senator John Laird, District 17
Plenary Session I - Climate Change: Challenges & Prospects for Sustaining California Oak Woodland
Moderator: Paul Starrs, University of Nevada, Reno


Keynote Address
Setting the Tone: An Overview of Climate Change and Oaks
David Ackerly, Dean and Professor, Rausser College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley

The Past:  Blue Oak and the History of Heavy Precipitation in California
David Stahle, Distinguished Professor, Dept. of Geosciences, University of Arkansas
9:00 The Present: Multiple Stressors Create an Inflection Point for Oak Sustainability
Ted Swiecki, Principal Plant Pathologist, Phytosphere Research
Elizabeth Bernhardt, Principal Plant Pathogist, Phytosphere Research 
9:25 The Future: The Uncertain Future of California's Oak Woodlands
Frank Davis, Distinguished Professor, Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, UC Santa Barbara
9:50 Question & Answer Session
10:00 Break
Concurrent Sessions
  1A: Climate Change I
Moderator: Leander Anderegg, UC Santa Barbara
1B: Status of Oaks
Moderator: Amy Byrne, The Morton Arboretum
1C: Regeneration/Restoration 
Moderator: Claudia Tyler, UC Santa Barbara
10:30 #1 Champion Oaks of California and Where They Are - Matt , Dept. of Biology, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo #5 Oaks in the 21st Century: A New Way to Map Oak Woodlands and Forests – Tom Gaman, California Wildlife Foundation/California Oaks #9 Part 1: Conifer Encroachment and Removal in a Northern California Oak Woodland: Influences on Ecosystem Physiology and Biodiversity - Lucy Kerhoulas, Dept. of Forestry and Wildland Resources, Cal Poly Humboldt
10:50 #2 The Tree-Ring Record of Seasonal Precipitation Variability and Change from the Blue Oak Woodlands of California – Ian Howard, Dept. of Geosciences, University of Arkansas #6 Structure of the Valley Oak Population at Hastings Reservation - Walter D. Koenig, Hastings Reservation, UC Berkeley #10 Reproduction and Recruitment of Blue Oak in the Sierra Nevada Foothills of California – M.V. Eitzel, Center for Community Science, UC Davis
11:10 #3 Survival and Growth of Blue Oaks Under Power Transmission Lines 10 Years After Tree Topping - Royce Larsen, Area Natural Resource/Water Advisor, UC Cooperative Extension, San Luis Obispo, Monterey and Santa Barbara #7 Coordinating Collaborations to Conserve California Oaks - Amy Byrne, The Morton Arboretum and Christy Powell, San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance #11 Substrate Enhancements and Botanical Diversity for Successful Oak Habitat Creation – Richard B. Lewis III, Psomas
11:30 #4 Oak Versus Conifer: Competition, Climate and Drought Effects on Tree Growth in Northern California – Rosemary Sherriff (presenter) and Jill Beckmann, Dept. of Forestry & Wildland Resources, Cal Poly Humboldt #8 Investigating Blue Oak Phenology, Vigor, and Mortality on Central California Rangelands – Rebecca Ozeran, UCCE Fresno County #12 Re-Oaking North Bay: A Strategy for Restoring Native Oak Ecosystems, Focusing on Napa and Sonoma Valleys – Sean Baumgarten, San Francisco Estuary Institute
11:50 Q&A Q&A Q&A
12:00 PM Lunch
Plenary Session II - Climate Change: Challenges & Prospects for Managing Privately-Owned Oak Woodland
Moderator: Chris Dicus, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
1:30 21st Century Management Strategies for Managing California Oak Populations
Victoria Sork, Life Sciences Division Dean and Professor, Dept. of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Los Angeles

Past, Present, and Future Fire Regimes in California Oak Communities
Jon Keeley, Senior Research Scientist, Western Ecological Research Center, Sequoia-Kings Canyon Field Station, US Geological Survey and Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UC Los Angeles

2:20 The Influence of Climate Change on Oak Pests and Pathogens
Richard Cobb, Dept. of Natural Resources Management & Environmental Sciences, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
2:45 Climate Change and the Management of California Oaks in the Urban Environment
Igor Lacan, Bay Area Environmental Horticulture and Urban Forestry Advisor, UC Cooperative Extension, San Mateo-San Francisco Counties
3:10 Question & Answer Session
3:30 Break
Concurrent Sessions
  2A: Climate Change II
Moderator: Claudia Tyler, UC Santa Barbara
2B: Rangelands: Assessment & Management
Moderator: Elizabeth Reikowski, Willow Creek Land and Cattle, LLC
2C: Oak Pests and Diseases 
Moderator: Kim Corella, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
4:00 #13 New Oaks For A Climate Changing California – David Muffly, Oaktopia #17 Ranchers and Land Managers Responses to an Oak Survey – Devii Rao, UCCE San Benito County #21 The Mediterranean Oak Borer (MOB, Xyleborus monographus Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Scolytinae) a New Invasive Species Infesting Valley and Blue Oak in Northern California – Curtis Ewing, California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention
4:20 #14 Developing a Climate Resilient Native Tree Planting Plan for the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area – Rosi Dagit, RCD of the Santa Monica Mountains #18 Do Land Ownership Motivations Determine Land Management? Ranchers, Water and Shallow Wetlands in the Sierra Nevada Foothills - José L. Oviedo, Institute of Marine Sciences of Andalusia (ICMAN), CSIC #22 Long-term Monitoring of Mixed Oak Woodlands for Goldspotted Oak Borer Host Preference and Spatiotemporal Patterns in Host Colonization – Adrian Poloni, Inland Empire Resource Conservation District (IERCD)
4:40 #15 Modeling Climate-Driven Migration and Urban Habitat Connectivity for Valley Oak (Quercus lobata Née) - Brenna Castro Carlson, Atlas Lab Inc., work completed at UC Berkeley #19 Background Total Suspended Solids and Turbidity Conditions in Oak Woodland Headwater Streams - David Lewis, UCCE Marin County #23 A 25-year Retrospective on the Goldspotted Oak Borer (Agrilus auroguttatus) in Southern California - Beatriz Nobua-Behrmann, S. Coast REC, UC ANR (substitute for Thomas Scott)
5:00 #16 Climate Change and Masting After 40 Years of Acorn Surveys at Hastings Reservation – Mario Pesendorfer, Institute of Forest Ecology, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna #20 Screening Oak Taxa for Suitability for Producing Acorns as an Animal Feed Crop – Shawn Overstreet, Dept. of Plant Sciences, UC Davis #24 Other Pests of Oaks in California – Thomas Smith, California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention 
5:20  Q&A Q&A  Q&A
5:30 Poster Session and strolling dinner with no-host bar (View List of Posters)
8:00 Adjourn