Emerging Techniques to Quantify the Effects of Environmental Change in Bay-Delta Organisms

May 12th, 2014

Emerging techniques in fisheriesThe Delta Science Program and the UC Davis Center for Aquatic Biology and Aquaculture (CABA) are pleased to present a Science Synthesis Seminar.

Web cast of this seminar can be found here... http://webcast.ucdavis.edu/llnd/60bab152

The San Francisco Bay Delta system represents one of the most ecologically and economically diverse and important ecosystems in the world. It has been the focus of significant research and monitoring efforts for a long time and represents a well-studied system with many activities taking place to preserve its ecological health while maximizing its economic value. This symposium will present novel high-throughput analytical approaches, technologies, and workflows that support broader and more in-depth characterization of environmental conditions on Bay-Delta organisms than previously possible. In particular, modern approaches for high-throughput molecular phenotyping (e.g. proteomics), population genomics, and physiological phenotyping will be presented. In addition, the seminar will explore how these approaches can be linked to and integrated with ongoing high-throughput environmental monitoring programs and biological surveys of Bay-Delta organisms. A panel discussion will explore ways of finding better linkages in this regard and inform participants about needs and opportunities for leveraging the full potential of modern high-throughput analytical technologies. Such integration will enable us to much more comprehensively assess how specific changes in the environment affect Bay-Delta organisms and inform sustainable management practices.


9:00 - 9:15 - Welcome and Introduction - Dr. Peter Goodwin Lead Scientist Delta Science Program

and Dr. Dietmar Kueltz – UC Davis Animal Science

9:15 – 9:35 - The state of aquatic organisms in the SF Bay Delta ecosystem: an overview

      Dr. Peter Moyle - UC Davis 


9:35 – 10:15 - Existing fish survey and monitoring programs – What are we looking for, how and why?

     Dr. Ted Sommer - California Department of Water Resources



                                            10:15 – 10:35 - Break

10:55 – 11:15 - Continuous biogeochemical data – Developing the baseline to support existing and emerging biological assessments

        Dr. Brian Bergamaschi - US Geological Survey



11:15 – 11:55 - Modern ecophysiological approaches to studying the biological state of SF Bay Delta organisms

        Dr. Nann Fangue - UC Davis



                                                  11:55 – 1:10 - Lunch break

1:10 – 1:45 - Integrating data rich techniques in process based models – Green Sturgeon

      Dr. Pedro Vaz - UC Davis Animal Science

1:45 - 2:25 Real-time management of fishes in the watershed with acoustic array.

      Dr. Peter Klimley - UC Davis


2:25 – 3:05 - High-throughput proteomics approaches for assessing environmental impacts on SF Bay Delta organisms

      Dr. Dietmar Kueltz - UC Davis


                                               3:05 - 3:20 - Break

3:20 – 4:00 – Genomics approaches to studying SF Bay Delta organisms

      Dr. Mike Miller - UC Davis 


 4:00 – 4:50 - Panel Discussion: Opportunities and Barriers – How to leverage and integrate emerging environmental monitoring techniques with existing monitoring programs.

Panelists: Matt Nobriga (USFWS), Ted Sommer (CA DWR), Steve Slater (CA DFW), Swee Teh (UCD), Jim Hobbs (UC Davis), Dietmar Kueltz (UC Davis), Nann Fangue (UC Davis), Mike Miller (UC Davis)

4:50 – 5:00 - Closing Remarks - Dietmar Kueltz - UC Davis Animal Science

                                        This is a free public event.

For more information contact – Garrett Liles –Delta Science Program garrett.liles@deltacouncil.ca.gov – (916) 445-5694