The Association of State Wetland Managers (ASWM) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) have collaborated to develop a series of webinars introducing the topic of restoration of aquatic ecosystems through the reintroduction of beavers, the use of beaver dam analogues (BDAs) or restoration designed to attract beavers to an area to contribute to changing hydrology and restoring ecosystem services. This webinar series has been planned by a national workgroup of beaver restoration experts and webinars are presented by expert practitioners, managers and researchers working in the field. The webinar series will provide four webinars in 2020 and an additional two webinars in 2021, covering the basics of beaver restoration and continuing through implementation challenges and ways to encourage beaver restoration projects.
Wednesday, March 10, 2021 - 3:00 pm-4:30 pm Eastern
- Michael Pollock, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
- Emily Fairfax, California State University Channel Islands
Dr. Michael Pollock is an Ecosystems Analyst with NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center. For more than two decades, Michael has been studying watersheds and fluvial ecosystems. During this time he has engaged in a diverse suite of scientific studies including: the influence of beaver habitat on coho smolt production and ecosystem function, and the importance of riparian forests to maintaining stream habitat. Dr. Pollock also provides policy analyses to parties interested in understanding the potential effects of proposed or existing laws, policies, and regulations on our environment. Dr. Pollock holds a B.S. in Biochemistry from California State University, Humboldt and a Ph.D. in Ecosystems Analysis from University of Washington, College of Forest Resources. Prior to joining the Watershed Program in 1999, Dr. Pollock was a partner in a local consulting firm and director of a small, non-profit scientific research institute.
Dr. Emily Fairfax is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Science and Resource Management at California State University Channel Islands. Dr. Fairfax double majored in Chemistry and Physics as an undergraduate at Carleton College, then went on to earn a PhD in Geological Sciences from the University of Colorado Boulder. She uses a combination of remote sensing and field work to research how beaver activity can create drought and fire-resistant patches in the landscape under a changing climate. Her colleagues and students can vouch that when Dr. Fairfax says she can talk about beavers all day, she’s not kidding.
A Certificate of Participation to be used toward Continuing Education Credits will be available for this webinar. Free Certificates of Participation are a benefit of ASWM membership. Non-Members who request a certificate will be charged a processing fee of $25.00. You will have up to 60 days to retrieve your certificate. Certificates are not available for viewing recorded webinars. More Information can be found here.