Events & Media: Serra Hoagland

The Bren School of Environmental Science & Management
at the University of California, Santa Barbara



"Assessing Habitat Linkages in Coastal Open Spaces"

Serra Hoagland (Bren MESM 2011)
Biological Scientist; Primary Researcher, Wildlife Linkages Project
USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station, Asheville, NC

Friday, January 13, 2012
11:30 - 12:30
Bren Hall 1414

"This is a great opportunity to learn more about wildlife linkages between coastal and mountain open spaces in the Goleta area and the practical and scientific opportunities resulting from Ms. Hoagland's research." — Satie Airamé, speaker host

NOTE: The talk will be followed by a round-table discussion from 12:30 - 1:30, led by Ms. Hoagland in Bren Hall room 1520. The discussion will focus on planning and management options for the cities of Goleta and Santa Barbara, future Bren/CCBER projects, and other potential collaborations. Interested faculty, students, and community members are encouraged and welcome to attend.

The Goleta and Santa Barbara community recently committed to protecting over 652 acres of nearly contiguous coastal open space adjacent to other large open-space areas including the Goleta Slough, More Mesa, and UCSB open space. These areas may support functioning biological communities; however, their long-term viability may be threatened by road barriers and broken habitat linkages. Having evaluated historic and current incidences of road kill and the quality of connections across roads and other barriers, Serra Hoagland will share the results of her research on connectivity of existing protected areas and her recommendations for corridor improvements intended to protect wildlife.

Serra Hoagland graduated from the Bren School in 2011 and was recognized as a Doris Duke Conservation Fellow in 2010. She co-founded The Wildlife Society student chapter at UCSB in 2011 and has worked with many threatened and endangered wildlife species. She recently began her career with the US Forest Service at the Southern Research Station Environmental Threat Assessment Center in Asheville, North Carolina, where she is head researcher on the Wildlife Linkages project. She will soon begin her PhD work in forestry at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. Serra is Laguna Pueblo and has strong ties to her heritage through her involvement in the American Indian Science & Engineering Society, the Intertribal Timber Council ,and other American Indian organizations.

NOTE: Community colloquia are generally talks of broad interest geared toward a diverse, sophisticated audience. Their purpose is not only to enhance knowledge and understanding, but also to bring people together and promote interaction that will strengthen the community.


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