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2024 Sierra Nevada Science Symposium

“Sierra Nevada Past, Present, & Future: Management in Changing Environments”

The Sierra Nevada Science Symposium unites Yosemite, Sequoia, and Kings Canyon National Parks, Devils Postpile National Monument, the US Geological Survey, the Sierra Nevada Inventory & Monitoring Network, university researchers and the broader science community to celebrate the history of science, learn more about current work, and look toward the future of research in the Sierra Nevada parks. We aim to: CELEBRATE the strong relationships between land managers, scientists, and the research community; COMMUNICATE recent research results and current resource issues in the parks; CONSIDER the future of park research and management. By placing the Symposium on the UC Merced campus, we seek to expand and solidify regional scientific collaborations and partnerships to address challenges posed by climate change and other resource threats, and to encourage and support more research within these parks to further scientific knowledge and inform management decisions. The theme this year is Sierra Nevada Past, Present, Future: Management in Changing Environments. The symposium agenda features a keynote speaker for each era (past, present, future), lightning talks, invited talks, time for brainstorming and networking, and panel discussions.

Call for abstracts - DUE 12/18/2023

We seek proposed talks from a range of disciplines - potential themes include: traditional ecological knowledge, science communication, science policy and decision making, collaborative and convergence science, climate change, adaptive management and more. We encourage presenters to consider how their research intersects with the broader framework of “time” and “change” (e.g., climate, environment, policy, human, other) and the themes above.

Please use this form to submit abstracts and use provided sample template for abstract format for upload. You will be asked to select your preferred format - lightning talk* (5 min), invited talk (12min), or poster presentation. Select ALL presentation types you are willing to do; the committee will identify final selection based on your preference, alignment with the identified themes, time constraints, and diversity of topics among each session.) Note that multiple formats for lightning talks are accepted (see examples) - there is no limit to slide number, however, 5-min time limit will be strictly enforced!   


Agenda & Registration information coming soon…stay tuned!



A limited block of rooms is available for resrvation through 2/6/24 at the El Capitan Hotel

609 W Main St, Merced, CA 95340 (209) 383-1234

  • Reserve using this link OR call and reference the "2024 Sierra Nevada Science Symposium" to receive the reduced conference rate
  • Federal employees: book through Concur to securet the (lower) government rate 

Symposium Planning Committee

Anne Pfaff, USGS

Breezy Jackson, UC Merced NRS

Chad Anderson, YOSE

Christy Brigham, SEKI

Jeniffer Amezquita-Marin, UC Merced NRS

Laura Van Vranken, SEKI

Linda Mutch, SIEN

Mitzi Thornley, YOSE

Molly Stephens, UC Merced SNRI (email for inquiries)

Sheri Shiflett, YOSE

Sylvia Haultain, SIEN