Brice McPherson is a Specialist in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management, at UC Berkeley. He has a BS in Chemistry from Antioch College, an MS in Environmental Science from the University of Virginia, and a PhD in Entomology from the University of California.
Brice’s program topic is: “Sudden Oak Death in the Easy Bay: Prospects for Coast Live Oak Forests”
A non-native plant pathogen, Phytophthora ramorum, was introduced into coastal California some time in the early 1990s. This fungus-like organism has a very broad host range, but particularly affects several native oak species.
Monitoring plots were established in Marin County in 2000, followed by additional plots in parks of the East Bay Regional Park District from 2008 to 2011, and adjacent to Mount Diablo State Park in 2016. Revisits to plots have provided insights into rates of change, as well as the transformations under way in these forests, and what we may expect in coming years.
This talk will try to avoid painting a dire scenario by describing some reasons for muted optimism.