2009 Bren School PhD Student Symposium

2nd Annual Bren PhD Student Symposium

October 30, 2009

1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Bren Hall 1414

Please join us at the Bren School when the following nine students present research that is the focus of their doctoral studies.


1:00-1:30           Registration and coffee/tea

1:30-1:40           Introduction/welcome


Session 1

1:40       Effect of landscape structure on biological control of vineyard pests in northern California. Lorena Vieli

1:55       Fisheries management at the appropriate scale. Jono Wilson

2:10       Organizational strategy of urban water agencies: implications for adaptation. Sara Hughes

Break, 2:25-2:40


Session 2

2:40       The effect of zinc nanoparticles on marine infaunal invertebrates. Shannon Hannah

2:55       A mechanistic evaluation of critical black abalone habitat. Tal Ben-Horin

3:10       Impacts of input and parameter uncertainty in ecohydrologic modeling. Catherine Shields

Break, 3:25-3:40


Session 3

3:40       Coupling of riparian tree recruitment and river hydrology along a recently restored reach of the Merced River, CA. Oliver Soong

3:55       Collective authorship of place-based information. Darren Hardy

4:10       The role of third-party information on eliciting charitable contributions: evidence from social and environmental

non-profits. Laura Grant


4:25-5:00          Faculty Speaker: Bruce Kendall, Associate Professor of Applied Ecology



Tal Ben-Horin utilizes field and laboratory experiments to understand how climate impacts the distribution of marine intertidal organisms.

Laura Grant studies the economics of public goods provision and nonprofit charities, with a primary focus on the environmental sector.

Shannon Hannah is interested in the impacts of metal oxide nanoparticles on marine infaunal invertebrates.

Darren Hardy’s research focuses on collective authorship of geographic information and its effects on information behaviors.

Sara Hughes studies urban governance, specifically the organizational and institutional influences on urban water use and delivery patterns.

Catherine Shields studies impacts of urbanization and climate change on catchment-scale hydrology and vegetation function.

Oliver Soong is researching spatial variation in the population dynamics of cottonwoods and willows on winter rain-fed rivers in the Central Valley of California and how such spatial variation is driven by the coupled biophysical environment.

Lorena Vieli is interested in studying agricultural landscapes from an ecological perspective, particularly focused on landscape ecology and ecological modeling.

Jono Wilson studies fisheries ecology, particularly collaborative fisheries management and the application of novel decision-making tools.