If we have a Zoom option on our public presentations, we'll share the recordings of the meetings on our YouTube page or White Mountain Research Center's YouTube page and share them here.

Recordings of Past Chapter Programs

Black Holes, White Gold: A Floristic Inventory of the Silver Peak Range, Esmeralda County, NV

Speaker: Peri Lee Pipkin, Masters student, Claremont University, 2022 WMRC Mini Grant and Bristlecone Chapter DeDecker Grant Recpient

Peri Lee conducted a floristic inventory of the Silver Peak mountains in Esmeralda County, Nevada. These desert mountains are arid yet full of incredible biodiversity, and range from valleys of alkali wetlands, cactus flats to red rock canyons, and peaks bearing lupines and bristlecone pines. There are several species of interest in the area, including the endemic and endangered Tiehm’s buckwheat, and the rare plant Tecopa Bird’s Beak. In addition to this floristic inventory, Peri Lee wrote a conservation plan in order to preserve the threatened population of Tecopa’s Bird’s Beak that occurs in the alkali wetlands.
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Taxonomic and functional diversity of xeric alpine plant communities in a changing climate

Speaker: Kaleb Goff, PhD Student, North Carolina State University and 2022 WMRC Mini Grant recipient and Bristlecone Chapter DeDecker grant recipient. White Mountain Research Station Lecture

Kaleb discusses his findings that demonstrate climate change’s affects on plant diversity and functionality within the xeric alpine ecosystems of the White Mountains, California. His work is also in collaboration with GLORIA Great Basin, which has been monitoring plant communities in the White Mountains for the last 18 years.

Fire and Home Defensible Spaces

Speaker Yana Valachovic presented on fire and home defensible spaces. She is a California registered professional forester and forest scientist whose skills and interests cover a broad set of natural resource fields. She has worked as an extension agent at the University of California since 2000. Yana works at many scales and is a leader in developing and delivering local and state strategies to improve wildfire resilience. In her role, she is active in California policy development and has been a technical resource for bioenergy, forest management, home hardening, and improvements to defensible space legislation.

Recording on YouTube or below (presentation begins at 6:10; click full screen to view larger):

The noise can be the signal: variability and resistance in high elevation meadow plant communities in the Sierra Nevada

Speaker: Robert Klinger, PhD, Bristlecone Chapter Event, White Mountain Research Center, Owens Valley Station

Rob Klinger is an ecologist with the US Geological Survey and the statistician for their Western Ecological Research Center. He got his Ph.D. at UC Davis where he worked on plant-animal interactions and tree recruitment in neotropical lowland forests. He currently has a number of ongoing studies on the population dynamics of several endangered species, as well as a long-term, large-scale project examining relationships between fire, climate, non-native plants, and post-fire vegetation dynamics throughout the Mojave Desert. But in this presentation, he is going to be talking about his favorite project, another long-term and large-scale effort looking at different types of dynamics in alpine and upper subalpine meadow communities and how plant-animal interactions figure into those dynamics.

Recording on YouTube or below:

Variation in floral community dynamics in the White Mountains, CA

Speaker: Elijah Hall, PhD candidate EEOB, UC Riverside, Bristlecone Chapter DeDecker Grant recipient, and 2019 & 2020 WMRC Minigrant Recipient.

Elijah’s work examines how changes in plant community composition impact their reproductive success through the lens of pollination. 2021 was the third year he spent in the White Mountains studying high elevation pollination and flowering timing.

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