Amanda Barth

       Presentation Title:  Discovering Utah's Role in Monarch Habitat Management

Amanda Barth is the Rare Insect Conservation Coordinator for the state of Utah. Amanda has worked within pollination ecology and science outreach for over a decade. She recently earned her Masters degree in Ecology and Conservation from UC Irvine, where her research involved chemical communication between flowers and pollinating insects. The Utah Department of Natural Resources has recruited Amanda as part of its commitment to the preservation of its insect pollinator diversity.

Katie-Lyn Bunney 

Presentation Title:  Multiple Pillars of Monarch Joint Venture - Habitat, Education, Science, Partnerships

Before joining the staff of the Monarch Joint Venture, Katie-Lyn was the education coordinator for the Monarch Lab. She continues that work as part of MJV, conducting teacher workshops on Monarch butterflies and schoolyard ecology, coordinating local outreach in Minnesota, and connecting MJV partners to each other and the public to further monarch education efforts.  Her background has been shaped by her work as a naturalist and educator at zoos, nature centers and park systems. 

 Robert Coffan (Moderator)

Presentation Title:  (Introduction)  Why are we here and why yet another new “Monarch Group”?
Robert Coffan is a cofounder of Southern Oregon Monarch Advocates, and the Chair of the newly formed Western Monarch Advocates created specifically to make this Summit a reality. As a former professor and owner of an environmental consulting and hydrologic modeling firm, Robert never loses sight of the importance of preserving this beautiful and diverse part of the world we call home on planet Earth.  Our precious western Monarchs do not stop their migration at political borders, and neither should the efforts of those who advocate for them.  We need to focus on the whole and do what is needed, where it is needed.

 Dr. Matt Forister

Presentation Title:  Understanding the Monarch Within the Context of a Declining Regional Fauna

Dr. Matt Forister is an insect ecologist and professor at the University of Nevada, Reno.  Forister received a PhD from UC Davis working with Dr. Art Shapiro.  Forister works mainly throughout the Western US but also in the tropics on issues of insects eating plants. He is also particularly interested in the fate of insects in the Anthropocene and is working to maintain data collection on the Shapiro transect, one of the longest-running records of butterfly populations.

Dr. Georgia Goldfarb 

Presentation Title: Conditions for Monarchs in the Santa Monica Mountains

Biography:  Dr. Georgia Goldfarb has been with the Malibu Monarch Project since 2015.  The MMP is dedicated to bringing monarch butterflies back to the Malibu area, and protecting their habitat.  She also served as the Parks and Recreation Commissioner in Malibu in 2019.  She is a physician and environmentalist, deeply inspired by Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring”.  Georgia has spent a lifetime loving the wild and now dedicates her life to protecting it.

Dr. David James

Presentation Title 1:  Monarch migration in the Pacific Northwest: What have we learned since 2012

Presentation Title 2:  The Effect of imidacloprid on Monarch Butterfly Longevity: Are Neonicotinoid Insecticides a Major Factor in Monarch Population Decline

Dr. David James is a Washington State University entomologist with more than 40 years experience with monarchs in Australia and the United States. He has published 25 scientific papers on monarch biology, which was also the subject of his PhD thesis. He is currently conducting an extensive research program on monarchs in the Pacific Northwest including a program with Washington State Penitentiary involving inmate rearing of monarchs for migration research.

 Julie Koop 

Presentation Title:  Share Your Dirt!  Monarchs in Nevada

Julie Koop has been a biology teacher for 27 years and an environmental advocate. She educates youth, empowering them to make a difference. Working with her students, they built river interpretive trails, fought invasive weeds without chemicals on local golf courses, conducted river workdays mentoring 4th graders, and formed the Nevada Monarch Society, a non-profit that helps others plant local native milkweed. She also participates in citizen science to further understanding of Western Monarchs. 

Dr. Tom Landis 

Presentation Title:  Western Monarch Activities in Oregon

Dr. Tom Landis, PhD is a forester who retired after 30 years of working as a nursery specialist for the US Forest Service. For the last 6 years, he’s been creating pollinator habitat in Southern Oregon. He is a co-founder of the Southern Oregon Monarch Advocates (SOMA), and works to inform people about the plight of Western Monarchs and creating pollinator habitat. Tom co-authored “Using Native Plants to Create Pollinator Habitat in Southwest Oregon: Lessons Learned,” in the Native Plants Journal.

Dr. Angela Laws

Presentation Title:  Condition of the CA Overwintering Sites and Connecting Conservation Across CA

Dr. Angela Laws is the Xerces Monarch and Pollinator Ecologist.  Based in Sacramento, CA, Angela is working on habitat restoration for pollinators and Monarch butterflies in the Central Valley.  Her role at Xerces Society also involves incorporating climate resiliency into pollinator restoration projects. Angela has over 15 years of experience studying arthropods in grassland habitats. She received a MS in Ecology from Utah State University and a PhD in Biology from the University of Notre Dame.

Connie Masotti 

Presentation Title:  The Wonderful Adventures of Being a California Overwintering-Site Advocate

Connie Masotti is a California naturalist, photographer, and docent at the Pacific Grove Monarch Sanctuary.  Connie does citizen science projects for the Reserve Otter Monitoring Project (ROMP), California Central Coast Black Oystercatcher Project and helps monitor 13 overwintering sites in Monterey County for the Western Monarchs Thanksgiving and New Years counts.  Connie started her own project called MOST (Monarch Overwintering Study) three years ago.

Mia Monroe

Presentation Title:  Counts Make a Difference

Mia Monroe has been a community science volunteer in the monarch world for over 30 years and part of the annual Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count since its earliest days notably as a field monitor, trainer and data manager.  As a Xerces Society volunteer, she works closely with docents and agencies in northern California for better Monarch conservation through education.  Mia is a national park ranger in Marin County and part of the One Tam collaboration. 

Dr. Karen Oberhauser 

Presentation Title:  Journey North and the Monarch Larva Monitoring Project: Continent-wide Citizen Science

Dr. Karen Oberhauser, Director of the UW-Madison Arboretum, has used traditional lab and field techniques and citizen science to conduct research on monarch butterfly ecology. In 1996, she started the Monarch Larva Monitoring Project (MLMP), which engages hundreds of volunteers throughout North America. The MLMP and Journey North are part of the growing citizen science programming at the UW-Madison Arboretum. Karen has authored over 90 papers on her research on monarchs, insect conservation, and citizen science.

Gail Morris 

Presentation Title:  More than “Just Tagging” - Empowering a Motivated Cadre to Research Monarchs in the Southwest

Gail Morris is the Coordinator of the Southwest Monarch Study, a Citizen Science research project in Nevada, Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, western Colorado and the California deserts. She is also a Monarch Watch Conservation Specialist and the Vice President of the Monarch Butterfly Fund. Gail has authored several Monarch publications and focuses on training Citizen Scientists to participate in Monarch research, education and conservation in the Southwest. She recently received the Impact Award from the City of Phoenix.

Dr. Dusty Perkins 

Presentation Title:  Idaho Monarch Statewide Update:  Booms and Busts in the Gem State

Dusty Perkins is an Associate Professor of Biology at the College of Western Idaho, where he teaches and coordinates undergraduate research and internship activities related to conservation biology, pollinators, habitat suitability and ecological genetics.  Dusty is passionate about Monarch and pollinator conservation and works with undergraduate students on Monarch butterfly demography, habitat modeling, milkweed genecology, and habitat restoration projects. 

Dr. Cheryl Schultz

Presentation Title:  Western Monarch Population Viability Analysis

 Dr. Cheryl Schultz is a conservation biologist at Washington State University whose research focuses on ecological understanding of at-risk butterfly species to advance conservation. With Dr. Elizabeth Crone at Tufts University and biologists at Xerces Society, the team is leading efforts to gain knowledge of western monarch ecology across breeding and overwintering areas and to understand population dynamics over the full annual cycle of western monarch in order to prioritize next steps for recovery actions.

Joel Trumbo

Presentation Title:  The Western Monarch Conservation Plan: 2019-2069

Joel Trumbo is the Environmental Program Manager for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Lands Program, and the Chair of the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies’ Monarch Working Group.  The Working Group is a multi-state effort that uses an ecosystem-based, landscape-level approach for the monarch’s western population. Joel’s career with CDFW spans more than 35 years, most of that spent as a Senior Environmental Scientist working on invasive plant issues and the impacts of pesticides on fish and wildlife.

Dr. Francis Villablanca

Presentation Title 1:  Genetic Relationship Between Eastern and Western Monarchs

Presentation Title 2:  Milkweed is Not Milkweed is Not Milkweed!  The Functional Importance of Native Diversity

Dr. Francis Villablanca received his PhD from the University of California Berkeley in 1992. He has been at Cal Poly since 1999, and has been the research advisor for Monarch Alert since Fall of 2010. Monarch Alert is a citizen-based research project backed by graduate student researchers and faculty from Cal Poly. The group focuses on the habitat use and population fluctuations of western monarch butterflies by sampling overwintering populations in San Luis Obispo and Monterey Counties.



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