Speaker Information


line bay

Line K Bay is an evolutionary biologist with a passion for coral reefs. She received a PhD in population genetics from James Cook University (Australia) and is now a senior research scientist and team leader at the Australian Institute of Marine Science’s Great Barrier Reef Recovery, Adaptation, and Restoration program.  Line’s research interests lie in understanding how environmental and genetic variation affects the health and stress tolerance reef building corals in response to global and local pressures. Her current focus is on coral bleaching and genomic signatures of adaptation with projects supported by grants from government and private donors, and involving national and international collaborators, post-docs, PhD students and interns.


holly doremus

Holly Doremus is the James H. House and Hiram H. Hurd Professor of Environmental Regulation at the University of California, Berkeley, Co-Faculty Director of the Center for Law, Energy, and the Environment, and Co-Director of the Law of the Sea Institute. She is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of the Board of Directors of Defenders of Wildlife. She holds a B.S. in biology from Trinity College (Hartford, CT), Ph.D. in plant physiology from Cornell University, and J.D. from UC Berkeley. Her scholarship focuses on biodiversity protection, the intersection between property rights and environmental regulation, and the interrelationship of environmental law and science.


ruth gates

Ruth D. Gates is the Director of, and a Research Professor at, the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology. She and her group define biological traits that underpin the responses of corals to thermal stress, ocean acidification and pollutants. Leveraging advances in this basic research area, Ruth and colleague Madeleine van Oppen won the 2012 Paul G Allen Ocean Challenge with the idea to use human assisted evolution to develop capacity to stabilize reefs in the face of climate change. Ruth is the current President of the International Society for Reef Studies and a passionate advocate for coral reefs.   


alan hastings

Alan Hastings is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at UC Davis.  His main research focus is on problems in spatial ecology, both basic and applied, primarily using mathematical approaches.  He received his PhD from Cornell University in 1977 and has been on the faculty at UC Davis since 1979.  Dr. Hastings is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is the founding Editor in Chief of the journal Theoretical Ecology.


michael healey

Dr. Michael Healey is professor emeritus of ecological science at the University of British Columbia and former lead scientist of the CALFED Science Program. He is internationally recognized as an expert in the ecology of Pacific salmon. He is also very experienced at communnicating science to policy makers. As lead scientist he advised the blue ribbon task force on the vision and plan for the delta and was both a member of the editorial board and an author for SBDS 2008 and SBDS 2016.


david kling

David M. Kling is a natural resource economist and faculty member in the Department of Applied Economics at Oregon State University. His research focuses on decision making in biological resource management. His recent work studies how to cost-effectively plan monitoring of biological stocks, including invasive species and forest resources. Another area of his research is the role of managed relocation in the conservation of both harvested and protected species.


clint muhlfeld

Dr. Clint Muhlfeld is a Research Aquatic Ecologist at the USGS Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center in Glacier National Park, Montana, and Associate Research Professor at The University of Montana, Flathead Lake Biological Station. Clint conducts multidisciplinary ecological studies on a variety of regional, national, and international aquatic resource issues that are of growing importance to science, conservation, and society. His research goal is to understand how aquatic species interact with physical and biological templates over space and time to advance science and to inform conservation and management. His applied research focuses on assessing how human stressors – invasive species, habitat loss, and climate change – influence native species and freshwater ecosystems of the northern Rocky Mountains, USA and Canada.


mark schwartz

Mark Schwartz is a conservation biologist with research interests in climate change impacts on rare and endangered plant species, climate change adaptation through resource management, and decision making for resource managers under uncertainty. He is a Professor in Environmental Science & Policy at UC Davis.


jeffrey single

Dr. Jeff Single is a wildlife ecologist with a background in population ecology, biostatistics, impact assessment, conservation planning, land management, endangered species permitting, mitigation banking, and other areas.  In addition to environmental consulting and regional water district experience, Jeff has over 25 years’ service with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, including 6 years as a Regional Manager.  Jeff currently serves as a Senior Policy Advisor to the Director.  Some of his assignments in this position include developing Departmental policy and practices for Conservation Translocations and Captive Propagation.


marko spasojevic

Marko Spasojevic is an Assistant Professor whose research focuses on understanding the mechanisms that influence patterns of biodiversity, and then using that understanding to address key environmental issues. His research is focused on plant communities in forest, serpentine, and tundra ecosystems. He received his Ph.D. from UC-Irvine in 2010, and was a postdoctoral researcher at UC-Davis, and Washington University in St. Louis before joining the faculty in the department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology at the University of California Riverside in 2016.


carl wilcox

Carl G. Wilcox is the Policy Advisor to the Director for the Delta for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.  He is responsible for water planning and policy formulation related to the Delta.  Previously Bay-Delta Region Regional Manager and Chief of the Water Branch.  Department lead for permitting the California Water Fix and implementing California EcoRestore,  Delta Smelt and Salmon Resiliency Strategies; development of the Delta Conservation Framework; operations of the State and Federal water projects; Interagency Ecological Program, and issues related to water management and fishery conservation in the Central Valley.