2012 Tahoe Science Conference Presentations

Session A: Application of Remote Sensing Technologies

  • O’Neil-Dunne, Jarlath. LiDAR and multispectral imagery for the Tahoe Basin
  • Wright, Conrad. Hyperspectral capabilities for wildfires in the Tahoe Basin (Presentation not available for posting)
  • Zachmann, Luke J. Using machine learning and high-resolution, color-infrared aerial imagery to map tree canopy cover and monitor forest disturbance, hazardous fuels reduction, and restoration treatments
  • Maloney, Jillian M. New geophysical and geological constraints on the West Tahoe-dollar point fault recurrence interval, Lake Tahoe Basin
  • Howle, James F. Using bare-earth airborne LiDAR to reveal and characterize the Tahoe-Sierra frontal fault zone, California (Presentation not available for posting)
  • Rock, Kevin. Aerial Hyperspectral Data: 360 spectral bands of visualization
  • Gold, Peter. Interactive 3D visualization and virtual exploration of the Lake Tahoe Basin
  • Mahsman, Joseph. Towards a 3D immersive visualization of the Tahoe Watershed
  • Segale, Heather. Environmental education at Lake  (Presentation not available for posting)


Session B: Nearshore Ecology and Conservation

  • Steissberg, Todd E. Nearshore temperature estimations over time and space with thermal infrared satellite images
  • Watanabe, Shohei. Remote sensing of Lake Tahoe’s nearshore environment
  • Rowe, Timothy G. Monitoring gasoline and gasoline-derived compounds in Lake Tahoe, California and Nevada
  • Fitzgerald, Brian. From Rosewood to Bijou: Nearshore water quality monitoring
  • Reuter, John E. Periphyton Biomass Index: A new metric for an old indicator
  • Umek, John. Nearshore ecology of Lake Tahoe’s dominant benthic consumer, the signal crayfish (Presentation not available for posting)
  • Caires, Andrea. Nearshore Ecological Status And Changes: Spatial and temporal variation in biological communities and implications for understanding the nearshore zone of Lake Tahoe


Session C: Understanding and Responding to Climate Change

  • Redmond, Kelly T. A Tahoe climate information system (TahoeClim) (Presentation not available for posting)
  • Thrasher, Bridget. Statistical downscaling of the CMIP5 archive for impacts research
  • Reid, Stephen. Development of a regional greenhouse gas emissions inventory for the Lake Tahoe Basin
  • Noble, Paula J. Holocene Paleoclimate Record: Preliminary results from cores in Fallen Leaf Lake, Tahoe Basin, California, USA
  • Moran, Jean E. An examination of the vulnerability of groundwater to climate change in Olympic Valley
  • Coats, Robert. Implications of climate change for ecological restoration in the Tahoe Basin


Session D: Stormwater Pollution and Best Management Practices

  • Alexander, Michael. Affordable techniques for the design, construction, and maintenance of small-scale urban water quality improvements
  • Conley, Gary. Infiltration BMP design and maintenance optimization
  • Sutherland, Roger C. A demonstration of SIMPTM’s ability to predict fine sediment discharges from existing urbanized landscapes tributary to Lake Tahoe
  • Cobourn, John. Residential scale best management practices (BMPs) to protect lake water quality
  • Fuller, Michael. Rapid assessment of unpaved road and trail facilities


Session E: Wildfires Ecology

  • Welch, Kevin. Postfire forest recovery in the Sierra Nevada
  • Striplin, Randy. Restoring ecologically beneficial fire to the Lake Tahoe Basin
  • Carlson, Chris. After the Smoke Cleared: Vegetation recovery after the Angora Fire


Session F: Forest Soil and Dynamics

  • Legout, Arnaud. Changes in Tree Uptake Seasonality can Effect Nutrient Leaching: simulated effects in Little Valley, Nevada
  • Karam, Sarah L. Fire and biomass harvesting effects on nutrient cycling in the Lake Tahoe Basin
  • Robertson, Carinna. Nutrient “hot spots” in forest soils across the Sierran front to the cascades
  • Woodward, Casandra. Causes of Nutrient Hotspot Formation in the Mineral Horizon of Sierra Nevada Forest Soils: Modeling approach and impact on nitrate leaching
  • Busse, Matt. Soil heating during burning of forest slash piles


Session G: Sediment and Nutrient Loading Trends and Dynamics

  • Alvarez, Nancy. Lake Tahoe Interagency Monitoring Program – Sediment and nutrient loading and concentration data for ten indicator streams through water year 2010
  • Elliot, William J. Predicting phosphorus delivery from forested areas in the Tahoe Bain
  • Traeumer, Drea Em. Sediment and nutrient load predictions for prescribed fire using optimized WEPP model
  • Grismer, Mark E. Erosion Modeling for Land Management in the Tahoe Basin – soil disturbance & restoration detection thresholds
  • Heyvaert, Alan C. Characterization of fine suspended particulates in Tahoe Basin stormwater


Session H: Aquatic Invasive and Non-native Species

  • Chandra, Sudeep. Living Large in Mountain Lakes: What we know about lake trout in the Pyramid-Truckee watershed?
  • Ngai, Christine Ka Lai. Preventing Secondary Spread of Non-Native Warmwater Fish in Lake Tahoe: What are we doing now and what’s next?
  • Shaw, Dan. Effectiveness of aquatic invasive plant control in Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe
  • Anderson, Lars W.J. Dye Movement in the Tahoe Keys: Implications for management of aquatic invasive species using integrated methods
  • Caldwell, Timothy. Status of aquatic invasive species and calcium dynamics in lakes of the Lower Truckee River watershed
  • Chandra, Sudeep. Ecology of Emerald Bay: Threats from newly established invasive species and opportunities for developing a managed native-nonnative fishery?
  • Denton, Marianne E. Reproduction and population structure of Corbicula fluminea in an oligotrophic, subalpine lake
  • Wittmann, Marion E. Using benthic barriers to control Asian clam (Corbicula fluminea) in Lake Tahoe, CA-NV: Field observations, monitoring results and lessons learned one year later
  • Gamble, Allison. Asian Clam populations in Emerald Bay: Initial ecology results and future investigations
  • Forrest, Alexander L. Physical transport of Corbicula fluminea in Lake Tahoe, CA-NV USA
  • Hoyer, Andrea B. Simulating and visualizing the expansion of the invasive Asian clam in Lake Tahoe  (Presentation not available for posting)
  • Stumpner, Paul. Physical exchange processes in Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe, CA-NV


Session I: Pelagic Lake Tahoe Ecology and Conservation

  • Johnson, Briana. Anthropogenic effects on diatom populations within Fallen Leaf Lake, Sierra Nevada, California
  • Hayford, Barbara. Placing physiochemical alterations of Lake Tahoe into biological context: eutrophication leads to large changes in sensitive, bottom-dwelling indicator taxa
  • Watanabe, Shohei. The Blueness of Lake Tahoe: Quantitative estimates of water color and evidence of change


Session J: Upland Ecosystems, Ecology and Conservation

  • Van Gunst, Jane. Tree Mortality in Forests of the Lake Tahoe Basin from 1985-2010: influences of tree density, forest type, and climatic variability
  • Provencher, Louis. Forecasting the response of terrestrial habitats to climate change in the Northern Sierra
  • Oblinger, Brent. Simple Methods for Rapid Mapping of Tree Mortality Using Readily Available Imagery: A case study from high meadows in the Lake Tahoe Basin
  • Tarbill, Gina. Biodiversity and composition of bird and small mammal communities after the Angora Fire
  • Maloney, Patricia E. Ecological Adaptations of White Pine Species across Three Elevation Zones: The value of landscape common garden studies in evaluating phenotype by environment interactions in the Lake Tahoe Basin
  • White, Angela. Predicting avian community response to changes in forest structure associated with forest restoration practices in the Sierra Nevada
  • Tarbill, Gina. Nest site selection and influence of woodpeckers in a burned forest of the Sierra Nevada
  • Maloney, Patricia. Forest Tree Species Restoration – Where and Why. The importance of integrating ecological and genetic approaches in forest ecosystem science
  • Jensen, Camille E. Forest Health and Mortality Trends across Three Elevation Zones in the Lake Tahoe Basin: The role of disease, bark beetles, and drought
  • Bentz, Barbara. Monitoring mountain pine beetle life cycle timing and phloem temperatures at multiple elevations and latitudes in California
  • Morawitz, Dana. Where the Weeds Are: Prioritizing regional response to invasive plants using CalWeedMapper


Session K: Sensitive Species Ecology and Conservation

  • Santora, Maura K. Lahontan Cutthroat Trout in the Upper Truckee River: Restoration of a threatened species in a fluvial headwater environment
  • Taylor, Thomas L. Using underwater photography to inform our knowledge of native fishes and understand how aquatic habitat functions  (Presentation not available for posting)
  • Stanton, Alison E. Mitigation options for the endangered Tahoe yellow cress
  • Henderson, Steve. Osprey mitigation strategies to resolve conflicts with public projects
  • Engelhardt, Blake. Where in the basin are they? Validating habitat suitability models for 20 rare plant species
  • Slauson, Keith M. Sex-specific effects of fragmentation from ski resorts on the pacific marten in the Lake Tahoe region of California
  • Richardson, T. Will. Status and distribution of white-tailed jackrabbits in the Tahoe Basin and adjacent habitats


Session L: New Collaborative Partnerships in Response to Climate Change

  • Brooks, Keely. The future looks hotter and drier. Now what? Partnering challenges and the strategies needed to move climate science towards application
  • Miller, William Paul. Addressing climate change, water supply, and evolving demand over the Colorado River Basin  (Presentation not available for posting)
  • Kauneckis, Derek. Mapping Informal Climate Information Networks Across Policy Domains: The case of the Nevada local government networks  (Presentation not available for posting)
  • Titlow, Budd. Sustainable Design – Innovative technology for coping with climate change  (Presentation not available for posting)


Session M: Does Attribution Matter? Unpacking Perspectives of Attribution and Climate Change

  • Pierce, David William. Attributing Climate Change in the Western U.S.: What is due to humans? (Presentation not available for posting)
  • Fleck, John. Communicating uncertainty: the challenge of usefully translating science (Presentation not available for posting) 
  • Klockow, Kim. Seeing the World through a Political Lens: The connection between weather and climate change perceptions and beliefs
  • Wall, Tamara. Why do they do that? Public responses to natural hazard events (Presentation not available for posting)
  • Mynster, Tricia. Investigating rural Nevadan perspectives on climate change solutions


Session N: Lake Tahoe Pollutant and Modeling

  • Gookin, Mark. Utilization of observed data for the computation of fine sediment particle loading and comparison to the pollutant load reduction model (PLRM) (Presentation not available for posting)
  • Drew, Jason. Utilizing the PLRM & private property data to select the preferred alternative for WQ projects
  • Mathias, Maggie. Developing scientifically valid rapid assessment methodologies to assess Tahoe Basin road condition
  • Spear, Brian. A method to estimate the fine sediment load reductions associated with SEZ restoration
  • McDonald, Krista. Management applications of high resolution monitoring (HRM) and rapid assessment methodologies (RAMs)
  • Anderson, Will. Catchment-scale hydrologic and water quality modeling using SWMM to validate Lake Tahoe TMDL implementation pollutant load estimates
  • Nover, Daniel. Methodological approaches for assessing fine particle number, concentration and size distribution in water
  • Sahoo, Goloka Behari. Lake Clarity Model: Development of updated algorithms to define particle aggregation and settling in Lake Tahoe
  • McClellan, Martin. Lake Tahoe Environmental Quality and Water Clarity: Observations, logs and dissemination of data via project baseline citizen scientist initiative


Session O: Conservation and Ecology of Riparian Areas

  • Cayce, Kristen. Landscape profile tools for aquatic resource managers
  • Klatt, Marcus. Regional implementation of the California aquatic resource inventory (CARI)
  • Collins, Josh. Wetland and Riparian Area Monitoring Plan: Tahoe pilot project (Presentation not available for posting)
  • Gross, Shana. Monitoring grass lake research natural area with bryophyte cover correlated with climatic change
  • Heller, Stephanie. Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit Ecosystem Restoration Program Preparing for Climate Change: A management perspective
  • Saah, David. An assessment of fire hazard & risk within wildland urban interface and stream environment zones of the Lake Tahoe Basin
  • Oehrli, Craig. Blackwood Creek Stream and Floodplain Restoration: A novel approach in a dynamic and changing environment
  • Spear, Brian. SEZ restoration using an adaptive management design approach (Presentation not available for posting)
  • Gross, Shana. Status of meadows in the Lake Tahoe basin from 2000 through 2010
  • Christensen, Wes. Hydrogeology of a Subalpine Peatland and Surrounding Watershed: Grass Lake, Luther Pass, California
  • Berrill, John-Pascal. Aspen Growth and Vigor around the Lake Tahoe Basin: Effects of crowding and conifer antagonism
  • O’Dowd, Alison. Stream condition in the Lake Tahoe basin using river invertebrate prediction and classification system (RIVPACS)


Session P: Outcomes of Forest Fuel Management

  • Safford, Hugh D. Fuel treatment effectiveness in California yellow pine and mixed conifer forests
  • Taylor, Alan H.(Part 1) (Part 2) Presettlement and contemporary forest conditions, fuels, and fire behavior in the Lake Tahoe Basin, USA
  • Stanton, Alison E. Understory vegetation response ten years after prescribed fires in the California State Parks in the Lake Tahoe Basin (Presentation not available for posting)
  • Manley, Patricia N. The Upland Fuels Study: Short-term bird and small mammal response to fuel reduction treatments within the Lake Tahoe Basin
  • Jones, Greg. OptFuels: Assessing fire risk and scheduling fuel treatments spatially over time to minimize expected loss from future fire
  • Loudermilk, Louise. Forest Fuel Treatments in A Changing Climate: assessing forest productivity & carbon storage potential in the Lake Tahoe Basin


Session Q: Decision Support and Adaptive Management

  • Dix, Margaret A. Lake Atitlán, Guatemala: Challenges in management and collaboration stimulated by ecological changes
  • Hopkins, Todd E. Priorities for the Great Basin landscape conservation cooperative
  • Hansford, Catherine. A Misunderstood Relationship: Economic vitality and environmental improvement in the Tahoe Basin
  • Keely, Joey. Successful adaptive management techniques
  • Hogan, Michael. Managing for an Outcome: Development of a measurement-based watershed management process


Session R: Atmospheric Sciences and Air Quality

  • Zielinska, Barbara. Distribution of ozone and ozone precursors in the Lake Tahoe Basin
  • Zhang, Yanyan. Emissions of carbon species, organic polar compounds, potassium, and mercury from prescribed burning activities
  • Malamakal, Tom. Gas and Particle emissions from prescribed burning and the effects on air quality in the Tahoe Bain
  • Zhu, Dongzi. Impacts of vehicle activity on atmospheric particle deposition to Lake Tahoe
  • Green, Mark. Sources of and trends in visibility reducing particles in the Lake Tahoe Basin, 1990-2009


Panel Discussion


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