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SERCAL Conference 2020 -Shedding Light in Challenging Times

  • Tuesday, September 01, 2020
  • Monday, September 28, 2020
  • Zoom event - Go to SERCAL website for information

The SERCAL conference will be online every Tuesday and Thursday in September. Join us for the grasslands session, "Management perspectives and local adaptations.

Registration will be through SERCAL. Visit

SERCAL's Virtual Conference, Shedding Light in Challenging Times

SERCAL Virtual Conference - Tuesday & Thursday afternoons throughout September.

SERCAL's program includes two Grassland Sessions, one this week and another in 2 weeks. See Grassland Session schedules below. 

View the entire SERCAL program here

Registration is through SERCALRegister for the entire conference or for individual session. 

Thursday September 3rd — Grassland Ecosystems, Part 1

Session Chair: JP Marié - California Native Grasslands Association and UC Davis

1:00 Session Welcome

1:10 Taraneh Emam - "Translocation" of mature needlegrass: It works!

1:25 Sarah Gaffney - Temporal Priority Leads to Native Grass Resistance of Noxious Weeds

1:45 Christopher Hart - A Partnership to Manage Coastal Grasslands Using Goats

2:05 Julia Michaels - Grazing Affects Vegetation Diversity and Heterogeneity in California Vernal Pools

2:25 Brianne Palmer - Vegetation and Biological Soil Crust Communities Differ in Resilience to Grassland Fires

2:45 Session Closes

Thursday September 17th — Grassland Ecosystems, Part 2

Session Chair: JP Marié - California Native Grasslands Association and UC Davis

1:00 Session Welcome

1:10 Justin Luong - Understanding Grassland Restoration Outcomes with Functional Traits

1:30 Erin McDermott - Restoration of Rare Plant and Serpentine Grassland Habitat: Utility Infrastructure, Soils and Endemic Biodiversity

1:50 Angie Harbin - Re-Establishment of Threatened Otay Tarplant Population in San Diego County

2:10 Ben Drescher - Composition of Broadcast Seed May Determine Loss to Granivores

2:30 Jake Schweitzer - Captive Propagation and Reintroduction of Large-flowered Fiddleneck (Amsinckia grandiflora)

2:50 Travis Stoakley - Impacts of Gophers and Drought on California Grassland Restoration Success

3:10 Elizabeth Reikowski - Targeted Gazing: A Promising Tool for Grassland Management and Restoration

3:30 Madeline Nolan - The Impact of Extreme Drought on Grassland Restoration in Southern California

3:50 Session Closes

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