Managed Relocation Under a Changing Climate: An Interdisciplinary Perspective Symposium - December 4, 2017

Date:  Monday, December 4, 2017

Location:  UC Davis, Davis, CA - Activities and Recreation Center - Ballroom A, and Meeting Rooms 1 and 2 for Breakouts

Update - 12/12/17 - Link to the event playlist containing all recordings here

Convened by:  Delta Stewardship Council: Delta Science Program, and the UC Davis Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute (CMSI), this will be an all-day symposium entitled, "Managed Relocation Under a Changing Climate: An Interdisciplinary Perspective" and will be held on the UC Davis campus on December 4, 2017, 8:30a.m. to 5:00p.m.

Planning Committee:  Marissa Baskett (UC Davis), Shauna Oh (UC Davis) Jim Sanchirico (UC Davis), Mark Schwartz (UC Davis), Marina Brand (Delta Science Program), Maggie Christman (Delta Science Program), and Nir Oksenberg (Delta Science Program).

Summary:  A highly debated management approach for promoting species’ responses to climate change is managed relocation: translocating individuals to a climate anticipated to be more suitable under future conditions than their current location.  For some species, managed relocation might represent one of few possible actions to take to promote persistence under climate change.  However, such an intervention entails a variety of risks, from moving a population or species at the wrong time or to the wrong place, to disrupting local adaptation, to causing accidentally invasive species.  A rapidly-expanding scholarship has begun to explore, evaluate, and synthesize the scientific, economic, ethical, and legal considerations for engaging in managed relocation.  Meanwhile, managers are already engaging in translocations using a variety of approaches across marine, freshwater, and terrestrial systems. 

One possible framing of this controversy that can allow scientists and managers to move from debate to decision is: what information and decision-making approach are necessary to increase the likelihood of success and reduce the likelihood of risks to engaging in managed relocation?  Addressing this question requires scientists to understand how managers make decisions about translocations, as well as managers to understand the tools and information available to quantify risks and benefits.  To achieve this exchange, this day-long symposium will bring together scientists and managers considering managed relocation in a variety of systems.  The central goals of the symposium are to (1) inform scientists on the decision-making process for translocations, (2) inform managers on the latest decision-support tools and related information emerging from science, and (3) promote an exchange of information among marine, freshwater, and terrestrial scientists and managers on decision-making approaches and recent scientific advancements.  

Call for Posters:

The poster presentation session at the Symposium on "Managed Relocation Under a Changing Climate: An Interdisciplinary Perspective" will provide an opportunity to share your current research or management projects focused on managed relocation. Posters will also be available to view during breaks and are intended to provide authors and participants with an opportunity to engage in discussions and identify opportunities to collaborate.

Posters will be arranged two per one large display (92"x57"). Your poster cannot exceed 3.75' W x 4.75' H.

Symposium participants interested in presenting a poster should complete the Google Form by November 27. We will accept the first 30 posters.


8:20          Check-in

8:35          Welcome and Opening Remarks

Marissa Baskett (UC Davis Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute)

John Callaway (Delta Stewardship Council, Delta Science Program)


8:50-9:50       Scientific, Legal, Economic, and Ethical Frameworks of Action

Moderator:  Jim Sanchirico (UC Davis)

Scientific: Mark Schwartz (UC Davis) - "Integrating a Scientific Basis for Managed Relocation to Address Societal Concerns of Risk and Benefit"

Economic: David Kling (Oregon State University) - "An Economic Perspective on Managed Relocation"

Legal & Ethical: Holly Doremus (UC Berkeley) - "The (Limited) Law and (Contested) Ethics of Managed Relocation"

9:50          Break

10:00-11:20    An Agency Perspective on Managed Relocation Across Systems

Moderator:  Marissa Baskett (UC Davis)

Marine: Line Bay (Australian Institute of Marine Science) - "A Role for Managed Translocations in the Management and Conservation of the Great Barrier Reef?"

Estuarine: Carl Wilcox (CDFW) - "Is There a Role for Translocation in Species Conservation in the Bay-Delta"

Freshwater: Clint Muhlfeld (USGS) - "Life on the Edge: Using Managed Translocations to Conserve Freshwater Aquatic Species in a Changing Climate"

Forest: Jeffrey Single (CDFW) - "Decision Factors for Conservation Translocation"

11:20         Poster Presenters Introductions

11:30-1:00 Lunch Break and Poster Session

For those of you who did not register with prepaid lunch (unhighlighted name tag), nearby dining venues on campus include a food truck at the southern end of the ARC building, Segundo Dining Commons and Market (located directly northeast of ARC), and restaurants at the Silo and multiple food trucks at the Silo Food Truck Patio.

1:00-2:20       Scientific Advancements and Key Unknowns Relevant to Managed Relocation

Moderator:  Mark Schwartz (UC Davis)

Role of Species Interactions: Marko Spasojevic (UC Riverside) - "Will Species Help or Hinder Managed Relocation?"

Role of Captive Populations: Ruth Gates (University of Hawaii) - "Selecting Corals for Interventions on Coral Reefs"

Role of Local Adaptation/Lessons From Experimental Systems: Alan Hastings (UC Davis) - "An Experimental Test of Managed Relocation in Highly Replicated Microcosms"

Approaches to Adaptive Management: Mike Healey (UBC) - "Assisted Relocation and Adaptive Management"


Marissa Baskett (UC Davis)

2:35           Break


2:45- 4:15       Break-Out Discussions Based on Systems Covered

Terrestrial - Leaders: Jeff Single & Mark Schwartz - Location: ARC Ballroom A - front

Estuarine - Leaders: Carl Wilcox & Ted Grosholz - Location: ARC Ballroom A - back

Freshwater - Leaders: Clint Muhlfeld & Marissa Baskett - Location: ARC Meeting Room 2

Marine - Leaders: Line Bay & Jim Sanchirico - Location: ARC Meeting Room 1

4:30-5:00       Synthesis and Concluding Remarks: Brief Presentation per Break-Out Group Then Group Discussion

Moderator: Marissa Baskett

Brief Presentation per Break-Out Group

Group Discussion