CNPS Yerba Buena speaker program with Dr. Justin Luong
Restoration will be needed to halt biodiversity and habitat loss and to ensure our state and global governments can meet ambitious targets for ecosystem protection. Although restoration has occurred for over 40 years, there have been few concerted efforts to assess and compare the outcomes of multiple projects completed across a large spatial and temporal scale. This talk will detail the recovery of 37 restored coastal grasslands from along a 1000-km span (Santa Barbara to Humboldt) of projects up to 32 years post-implementation. Join us for a presentation about the unique restoration across our state and suggestions for future practice.
Justin C. Luong PhD is USDA Agricultural Food Research Initiative postdoctoral scholar working at UC Davis. Previously, he worked as a restoration practitioner for grassland and vernal pool ecosystems at the Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration (CCBER) and completed his PhD in Environmental Studies at UC Santa Cruz. He is currently appointed as a research affiliate at CCBER, a board member of the California Native Grassland Association and a USFWS recovery team member for the endangered Nipomo Lupine. He has also provided ecological and botanical consultation for many agencies, including for an animated Netflix project.