California Phenology Project Workshop
Date: Saturday, February 18, 2017
Time: 9:00AM - 4:00PM
Instructor: Dr. Susan Mazer
Location: Blaksley Library
A California Phenology Project Workshop and Field Training
The California Phenology Project (CPP) is a major partner in a nationwide effort to track the changes in timing of seasonal life cycles.
This workshop will provide you with all the training you need to contribute valuable and high-quality data to this unique scientific effort.
What is CPP?
The California Phenology Project is a major partner in a nationwide monitoring program funded by the National Park Service (NPS) to track the effects of climate change on the seasonal cycles of wild plant species (learn more at www.usanpn.org). Phenology is the study of the timing of seasonal plant and animal life cycle events, such as the flowering and fruiting of plants and the hatching of fledging of birds. In order to detect the causes and consequences of variation in plant and animal phenology, scientists require large quantities of data, across large geographic areas, and we rely on citizen scientists to help create the largest, highest-quality data set possible. To achieve this goal, the CPP invites residents across California to aid to observing key phenological events in ecologically important plants. Since 2011, citizen scientists, educators, and national park staff have contributed over 1,300,000 observations to the CPP, and we now see the many of our monitored plant species are highly sensitive climate. This workshop will provide you with all the training you need to contribute valuable and high-quality data to this unique scientific research effort.
The CPP was initiated in seven National Parks: Joshua Tree, Santa Monica Mountains, Golden Gate, John Muir Historic Monument, Redwood National Park, Sequoia and Kings Canyon, and Lassen Volcanic National Park, but many participants provide high-quality data from hiking trails, other state and national parks, botanic gardens, their back yard or school yard, and other wild lands. Volunteers assist by monitoring plants using the standardized methods developed by the USA-National Phenology Network and used across the US, allowing observations in California to be compared to those collected elsewhere.
Join us for this workshop and learn the answers to the following questions: What species are we monitoring in California? How does climate affect their leafing, flowering, and fruiting? Which species are most sensitive to climatic conditions?
Dr. Susan Mazer has been a professor of plant ecology, genetics, and evolution at UCSB since 1988. Her research aims to detect the processes and results of evolution by natural selection, particularly for plant reproductive traits that contribute to the adaptation of plants to stressful environments, such as gas exchange rates, water use efficiency, seed size, age at flowering, flower size, and pollen and ovule production. She has worked with a wide variety of species and plant communities to detect reproductive and physiological adaptations, ranging from South American tropical rainforests to the Sierra Nevada and Coastal Ranges of California. Her current research is investigating the factors that influence the evolution of mating system (self-fertilization vs. outcrossing), physiological performance, age at flowering, flowering phenology, and drought-avoidance in the California native wildflower genus, Clarkia.
Dr. Susan Mazer, Director, The California Phenology Project and Professor of Plant Ecology & Evolution, UCSB