Conservation Biology-Related Activity by the Genetic
Resources Conservation Program
GRCP has emphasized conservation biology as an important theme
for its general mission concerning conservation of the genetic
resources important to California. Selected activities the Program
has organized with this theme are listed here:
- Why do we care about genetics? A downloadable series of 12 factsheets addressing
principles, tools, and uses of genetic information for conservation
was released in 2006.
- Restoration genetics: Applying population genetics to
plant restoration projects at local and regional levels. A
short course offered June 24, 2006 at the Society for Conservation
Biology 20th Annual Meeting (June 24-28, 2006, San Jose, CA).
Agenda and resources
- Genetic monitoring in California State Parks: Improving
connections between species management and genetic research.
A workshop was held in Davis on February 16, 2005 (agenda and a
report with summary and recommendations are available.)
- Genetically appropriate choices for plant materials
to maintain biological diversity,
December 31, 2004, was authored by GRCP Conservation Geneticist
D.L. Rogers and A.M. Montalvo (UC Riverside). Addressing the
need and an opportunity for dialog between land managers who
choose native plant materials for wildland use and geneticists
who can provide counsel on relevant (but often complicated) details,
this guide synthesizes important genetic principles and provides
many examples to inform land managers and help them understand
the context for advice from geneticists. It focuses on details
relevant to the USDA Forest Services Rocky Mountain Region,
but contains a wealth of information that is relevant elsewhere,
as well. The 343-page document provides an extensive literature
review, introduction to genetic concepts, recommendations, and
Pine Forest Ecology Cooperative, begun in January 2001,
with funding from the Packard Foundation and continued with funding
from the Resources Legacy Fund Foundation.
Biology Workgroup. Initiated in 1999 with funding obtained
from the UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
- Genetic Conservation Plan for
Monterey Pine. A conference was held April 2627,
2000 and a report (GRCP Report #26) was published in late 2002.
- International Congress on Ecosystem Health.
GRCP served as Secretariat for the Congress, held August 1520,
1999. A major publication with CRC Press (Managing for Healthy Ecosystems, D.J. Rapport,
B.L. Lasley, D.E. Rolston, N.O. Nielsen, C.O. Qualset, &
A.B. Damania (eds.), 1551 pages) covering the topics introduced
at the Congress was published in late 2002.
- Summer Symposia
in Conservation Biology (199901). Organized with
the UC White Mountain Research Station.
- Directory of
UC Expertise and Interest in Conservation Biology and California
Biodiversity (GRCP Report No. 19) was initially published
in 1997 in hard copy. Most current is this on-line version with
- Status of Conservation
Biology at the University of California reports on conservation
biology activities at eight campuses and several statewide UC
units and programs. Originally published in 1997, this on-line
version is most current. The report was prepared with support
of a 1995 grant from UC Office of the President Intercampus Academic
Program Incentive Fund.
- Planning for Intercampus Opportunities
in Conservation Biology Research, Education, and Service,
June 20, 1997, Davis (Intercampus meeting). An intercampus
advisory group was established and a set of objectives to enhance
UC conservation biology opportunities.
- Initial Planning for Strengthening the University of California
Education Opportunities in Conservation Biology by Intercampus
Collaboration, March 1516, 1996, Irvine (Intercampus
- Need for Statewide Symposium on Scientific Issues in Conservation
of Biodiversity in California, June 67, 1994, Irvine (Assessment
- International Summer Institute in Genetic Resources Conservation
of Animals and Plants, July 6August 7, 1992, Davis.
- Role of the University of California in Biodiversity Research,
Conservation, and Education, June 7, 1990, Berkeley (Workshop
- International Short Course in Plant Genetic Resources Conservation,
June 1030, 1990, Davis.
- Conservation Biology Education, December 1516, 1988,
San Diego (Statewide workshop).
- Genetic Resource Conservation in California, November 1920,
1987, West Sacramento (Statewide symposium).
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