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The Distinctive Landscape of Blue Oak Ranch Reserve 
Wednesday, September 15, 2021 07:30pm

UC Berkeley’s Blue Oak Ranch Reserve is a nature reserve and biological field station located in one of California’s iconic landscapes: the oak savannah and woodlands of the Diablo Range. In this talk, Zac Harlow will discuss some of the flora and natural history that makes this region special; the interesting research, field courses and groups that utilize the reserve; and some of the challenges of managing for biodiversity in a changing climate. About half of the 3,280 acres of the reserve were burned in the 2020 SCU Lightning Complex fire and Zac will discuss these impacts as well as the surprising resiliency of this special landscape.

Zac Harlow is committed to the idea that field stations can bring communities and nature together in meaningful and important ways. He is the resident director of Blue Oak Ranch Reserve and has worked to grow and diversify the user base over the last five years. His love of field stations runs deep. He lived on a station in Grand Teton National Park for many summers during his teens and twenties and is familiar with many more. Since moving to California in 2007, he has worked for the San Diego Zoo’s Wildlife Alliance, received his Ph.D. from UCLA and taught classes at Cal State LA and Cal State East Bay.

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