This 4-part series explores new subjects as well as taking a deeper dive into some covered in the famous 10-part series of 2021.
Part 1: Updates from the Klamath Mountains
Our series will begin with updates from across the Klamath Mountains. Justin Garwood will check the status of the last glacier. Karuna Greenberg will provide updates on a variety of fires that touched the region, and Rosemary Sherriff and Lucy Kerhoulas will share their work surrounding conifer’s drought response across the region.
Part 2: Reptiles with Chris Feldman.
Chris will provide an overview of the diversity and biology of living reptiles, and then a more detailed survey of the reptiles of the Klamath Mountains, focusing on the natural history of our local species.
Part 3: First Peoples with Frank Lake
The history of the First Peoples in the Klamath Mountains is an interconnected story that weaves long-standing relationships with the natural world into complex cultures that tend the varied and biodiverse landscapes. Join Frank Lake for an exploration of understandings based on both Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Western science.
Part 4: Mammals with Karen Reiss
Karen will offer a review of what it is to be a mammal, an introduction to the diverse mammal fauna of the Klamath Mountains, and will take a deeper dive into the especially charismatic species.
10% of class registration fees have been donated to the Karuk Tribe’s ENDOWMENT FOR ECO-CULTURAL REVITALIZATION FUND.
Chris Feldman is a western herpetologist who studies the evolution and ecology of local reptiles and amphibians. He is a Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), and also serves as the Co-Director and Curator of Vertebrates in the UNR Museum of Natural History where he studies the evolution and ecology of local reptiles and amphibians (and sometimes mammals).
Justin Garwood has a deep love for the Klamath Mountains. He went to Humboldt State University where he received a BS in Fisheries Biology and an MS in Wildlife Management and Conservation. He is currently an Environmental Scientist for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife with a focus on fisheries and herpetology in subalpine wetlands and lakes of Northern California.
Karuna Greenberg is the restoration director for the Salmon River Restoration Council and co-lead of the Western Klamath Restoration Partnership.
Lucy Kerhoulas is a professor in the Forestry and Wildland Resources Department at Humboldt State University. She studies many aspects of western forests, a few of which include tree physiology, canopy epiphytes, and forest drought responses.
Frank Lake works for the US Forest Service. His research involves wildland fire effects, traditional ecological knowledge, Climate Change, and ethno-ecology with an emphasis on cultural management and fire ecology of forest, shrub, grassland and riparian environments in the Klamath Mountain bioregion.
Karen Reiss is a Biology Professor at College of the Redwoods where she teaches myriad zoology courses, trains California Naturalists, and curates the CR Natural History Collection. She received her Ph.D. in Zoology from Cornell University and has researched topics as wide-ranging as mammalian intestinal physiology, ant-eating mammal feeding, and most recently, Pacific Northwestern chipmunk biogeography and speciation.
Rosemary Sherriff is a professor in the department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Analysis at Humboldt State University.