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Science Stories from Palomarin, Episode 2: Tracking a Changing Climate
In this episode we’ll be chatting with two scientists who have crunched the numbers from our long-term Palomarin datasets, seeking answers to questions about how climate change is affecting birds and ecosystems. We invite you to venture over to our web-based, interactive Data Explorer at pointblue.org/palodataexplorer before and after the episode so you can delve further into this compelling topic.

Our guests this time are Rae Goodman-Lucker (current science teacher, former SF State grad student and lead author of the 2012 study “Avian body size changes and climate change: warming or increasing variability?”) and Nadav Nur (Point Blue Quantitative Ecologist and lead contact for the “Migratory Bird Arrivals” section of the EPA-led 2018 “Indicators of Climate Change in California” Report). Point Blue Principal Ecologist Dr. Kristen Dybala will continue to be your host and Point Blue Avian Ecologist and Palomarin Intern Supervisor Mark Dettling will be your MC.

About the Palomarin Field Station
One of the world’s premier facilities for training field biologists in avian ecology, our Palomarin Field Station, located in Point Reyes National Seashore, has welcomed more than 700 interns from 23 countries since 1966. Palomarin data—including information on songbirds, habitat, weather, and the impact of environmental change—have been the basis for 100+ peer-reviewed scientific papers. Today this includes the longest running mist-netting and landbird-banding monitoring effort West of the Mississippi and third in the continent, and a songbird nest-monitoring and territory-mapping program that spans four decades.

About the Palomarin Data Explorer
From detecting signals of climate change to uncovering migratory pathways to illuminating local change, the data from the Palomarin Field Station tell countless stories that contribute to conserving our planet. Through our Data Explorer, we welcome you to discover the stories that come out of our data.

Feb 2, 2021 01:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Rae Goodman-Lucker
Science Teacher/Former SF State-Point Blue Grad Student
Rae Goodman-Lucker is a science teacher who works to inspire curiosity and inquiry skills in her students. She enjoys sharing her research with her students and getting them involved in citizen science research and other project-based learning. Rae also works as an educational consultant, guiding parents and students in home-based learning. https://www.scandentlearning.org/ From 2008-2010, Rae was a graduate student at San Francisco State University, doing research on climate change in collaboration with Point Blue.
Nadav Nur, PhD
Director of Quantitative Ecology @Point Blue Conservation Science
Nadav served as Point Blue’s first Quantitative Ecologist since his arrival at what was then Point Reyes Bird Observatory in 1989. He brings together ecology and statistics in order to better understand the forces, natural and anthropogenic that impact wildlife at present and in the future.