In 2018 and 2019, nine municipalities across the United States participated in a project to develop tools and processes for collecting urban biodiversity data, The Urban Biodiversity Inventory Framework (UBIF) was developed to provide standardized methods for collecting and using urban biodiversity data for conservation and management. The overall project goal was to give cities accessible tools for collecting, understanding, and sharing their biodiversity data. Urban Biodiversity Inventories are essential to municipalities: they provide a way of collecting data and assessing biodiversity that can be shared with land management agencies and policy-makers. The speakers will discuss the background and the rationale for the project and what various agencies and institutions are doing to move San Francisco in the direction of systematically tracking our biodiversity and ecosystem health.
Peter Brastow has worked to restore nature and biodiversity in San Francisco since the mid-1990’s. Peter worked for ten years for the National Park Service and then founded Nature in the City in 2005. Since 2012, he has served the City of San Francisco as the Senior Biodiversity Coordinator at the Department of Environment promoting local biodiversity policies and programs in City government, and collaborating with community partners and stakeholders. Currently, Peter is working with 15 City agencies to implement a biodiverse city vision.
Dr. Rebecca Johnson co-directs Citizen Science at the California Academy of Sciences, where she supports a growing community of naturalists working together to discover nature and collect important species occurrence data. She and her co-director, Alison Young, were honored with the Bay Nature 2017 “Local Heroes for Environmental Education Award”. Rebecca spearheads the Academy’s biodiversity work with the City of San Francisco and along the California coast and is a founding member of the San Francisco Children & Nature Team. She is also a Research Associate in the Cal Academy Department of Invertebrate Zoology and Geology. She earned her Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the UC Santa Cruz.
Lew Stringer is an ecologist and Associate Director of Natural Resources with the Presidio Trust. He has been working to restore the Presidio’s wildlands for the past 20 years. He previously worked for the National Park Service in Glacier National Park and at Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
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