Our staff are often out and about presenting posts, talks and other presentations for a diverse set of audiences, focused on our core mission and values. To get a sense of some of our work, here we provide a listing of recents presentations from our staff. Enjoy!

“Climate Change: Policy Challenges for Restoration”, Dr. Stuart Siegel, Coastal Resilience Specialist (conference presentation)

Poster Presentation “Mapping the Marsh with Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)”, Jared Lewis, Stewardship Coordinator

Presentation: “Sentinel Site Cooperative: Partnering to meet the challenges of sea-level rise in the Bay Area”, Maya Hayden, California Sea Grant Fellow


“Climate Change: Policy Challenges for Restoration”, Dr. Stuart Siegel, Coastal Resilience Specialist (conference presentation)

Presentation abstract: Our current policy framework in the face of climate change pressures has many gaps and obstacles to the successful planning, implementation, and achieving outcomes of ecosystem restoration in the San Francisco Estuary. All the laws we rely on to guide us – Endangered Species Acts, Clean Water Act, McAteer-Petris Act, CEQA, NEPA, and many more – were established in response to pressures entirely other than climate change. Climate change will exert pressures that bridge across these vital yet often insular policy mandates. The core of our policy challenge, then, is to protect their underlying intents while evolving them to be responsive to climate change’s multi-faceted ramifications. What are some examples of these policy challenges? Allowing boldness in action and time for results where certainty of outcome is not high. Allowing some impacts now from actions that will, we hope, give us “resiliency”. Preserving landscapes that later will be essential to continued ecological functions and ecosystem services. Choosing between investments in “holding the line” vs. “managed retreat” in shorelines, levees, flood management, and more. Treating sediment as the critical commodity that it is. Accommodating seemingly “novel” approaches. Supporting long-term analytical foundations essential for informed decision-making especially in the face of political and economic pressures. Moving restoration efforts expeditiously through regulatory approvals without burdensome requirements so that we shave years and decades off taking action. Bringing to bear the fiscal resources early on when costs are less for the same results. Flexibility and responsiveness in climate change projections. Funding and allowing landscape-scale adaptive management. Recognizing that inaction will not preserve the status quo. And all the while, human society will be exerting a wide range of other pressures, natural disasters may well reorder our natural and human systems, species invasions will continue, and our knowledge and skills will continue to grow. For more information on this session, click here.


Poster Presentation “Mapping the Marsh with Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)”, Jared Lewis, Stewardship Coordinator


 “Sentinel Site Cooperative: Partnering to meet the challenges of sea-level rise in the Bay Area”, Maya Hayden, California Sea Grant Fellow

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