ELIZABETH PORZIG, PhD
Working Lands Director
Point Blue Conservation Science
“The Role of Agricultural Lands in Protecting Nature”
About the Program:
Protecting land through designating it as a National Park or other public land is one very important and amazing way to ensure that we have thriving natural habitats for people and wildlife. Another complimentary and often overlooked way is stewardship of private lands. Privately owned lands comprise approximately half of the land area of California. Much of these lands are in agricultural production and serve as important habitat for wildlife, as well as providing other ecosystem services. Dr. Porzig will talk about the innovative science and partnerships led by Point Blue Conservation Science to ensure that working lands are part of the solution to providing clean water, healthy soils, wildlife habitat, carbon sequestration, healthy food, and livelihoods for farmers and ranchers
About the Speaker:
As Working Lands Director, I lead our work in studying ecological function on rangelands throughout California in collaboration with our amazing team of partner biologists and other scientists, ranchers, researchers, and conservation partners.
I grew up in California where the diverse habitats, landscapes and wildlife inspired me to pursue a career in conservation. I attended Stanford University, with additional coursework at UC Santa Cruz. Soon after, I began working for Point Blue as a songbird banding intern in the Eastern Sierra and the Palomarin Field Station. At Palomarin, my fascination with ecology and birds grew and lead me to pursue a PhD in ecology at UC Davis. My dissertation research focused on population and community response of landbirds at Palomarin to the rapid successional changes in the vegetation community.