Dr. Sarah Bisbing to present at April meeting.

At the April meeting Dr. Sarah Bisbing of the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) will be presenting her research about climate change disruption in Sierra Nevada forests: treatments to promote resistance, resilience, and adaptation under future climate and disturbance regimes

Dr. Bisbing’s research utilizes field, lab, and greenhouse studies to understand the primary drivers of tree species’ distributions and evaluate the role of disturbance in altering forest composition, structure, and function.  Her lab is particularly interested in identifying the local abiotic and biotic factors determining successful regeneration and establishment to examine how altered disturbance regimes and ongoing climate change will influence forest resilience and impact species’ ranges.  She will present details of some new projects in development in Sierra Nevada forests and provide background on her lab’s research to date.

Sarah joined UNR as an Assistant Professor of Forest Ecosystem Science in the fall of 2017 after four years as an Assistant Professor at Cal Poly – San Luis Obispo.  She has a B.S. and M.S. in Forestry from the University of Montana and a PhD in Ecology from Colorado State University.  Her research investigates the role that climate, landscape connectivity, and local adaptation play in determining the abundance and distribution of western conifers.  She is specifically interested in the ecological, biogeographic, and evolutionary processes that drive demographic patterns and species distributions.  Sarah’s teaching emphasizes field-based learning, and she is always up for a trip to a Sierra Nevada forest.  When not teaching and researching, you can her find running, biking, or climbing with the lab mascot, Dawkins the Dog.

The ABC’s Articles of Incorporation have been accepted by the California Secretary of State and draft bylaws have been written.  For those interested in reviewing the draft bylaws they are available here.  Comments and corrections will be accepted at the meeting and until April 24th by submitting a comment here, or by phone at 530-694-2168.  Thanks to Michael Barton for his work on preparing the draft bylaws.  At the May meeting we will need to select a Chair, Vice-Chair, and the Secretary-Treasurer.  An application is being filed for an Alpine County Small Grants Program grant to help us with the cost of our monthly meetings and the filing of an application for 501(c)(3) nonprofit designation.

The April meeting is scheduled for Tuesday April 3rd at 6:00 pm at Turtle Rock Park.

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