Public Lectures

Winter 2023 Lectures

THURSDAY, January 19th, 2023, ONLINE“Rock Art East of the Range of Light: One Piece of a Global Puzzle.” David Lee, Western Rock Art Research & form WMRC Staff. The Owens Valley is home to the Paiute people and their ancestors, who arrived here many thousands of years ago. This landscape is rich with traces of their lives. Most visible are the amazing and intriguing petroglyphs and pictographs, a literal history book for these peoples, and much more. Documentation is the first step in developing management strategies to protect these inspiring and unique sites. This lecture will present information gathered from over twenty years of documentation in the Eastern Sierra region and throughout the American west. This will be compared to information gathered during ten field-seasons of documentation and research in the Northern Territory of Australia. 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. PT. Registration required via Zoom HERE. This talk will be recorded. FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

THURSDAY, February 23rd, 2023, ONLINE-“Taxonomic and functional diversity of xeric alpine plant communities in a changing climate.” Kaleb Goff, PhD Student, North Carolina State University and 2022 WMRC Mini Grant recipient. Kaleb will discuss findings that demonstrate climate change’s affects on plant diversity and functionality within the xeric alpine ecosystems of the White Mountains, California. His work is also in collaboration with GLORIA Great Basin, which has been monitoring plant communities in the White Mountains for the last 18 years. 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. PT. Registration required via Zoom HERE. This talk will be recorded. FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Fall 2022 Lectures

THURSDAY, October 20th, 2022, ONLINE- “The Archaeological Identification & Radiocarbon Assay of Pre-Colonial Nüümü (Paiute) Agriculture in Payahuunadü (Owens Valley), California.”– Gregory Haverstock, BLM Archeologist, Bishop Field Station. Greg will revisit and expand upon his July 2022 Malki Museum talk which covers data supporting pre-colonial Nüümü agricultural practices and irrigation systems in Payahuunadü prior to 639-512 BP. Other project collaborators include former WMRC resident USGS geologist Angela Jayko, former staff & WMRS historian Daniel Pritchett, and the late Bishop Paiute Tribal Elder Harry Williams. 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. PST.

A recording of this talk can be viewed HERE.

TUESDAY, November 1st, 2022, IN-PERSON“Multiple Perspectives on California Wildfires,” Plus Q/A on the White Mountain Research Center. – Glen MacDonald, UC WMRC Director & UCLA Distinguished Professor of Geography. In this presentation we will explore how has the wildfire regime of California been changing over the 21st century and what might be driving these changes. We will also look at the recent wildfire regime in the context of millennial length records of wildfires from sites throughout the state. 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at the Owens Valley Station, South Classroom. 3000 East Line St., Bishop, CA. Light refreshments to follow, MASKS ARE REQUIRED INDOORS REGARDLESS OF VACCINATION STATUS. FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

A recording of the talk can be viewed HERE.

Spring 2022 Lectures

THURSDAY, April 14th, 2022– “A closer look: The founding and early history of White Mountain Research Station.”- Daniel Pritchett, former WMRC staff & historian. The broad outlines of the history of White Mountain Research Station (WMRS) were documented by WMRS founder Nello Pace in 1975, and again in 1994 by Pace and Clarence Hall. Detailed study of archival records and the receipt, in 2018, of William Consolazio’s autobiography justify re-visiting the founding and early history of the station. Consolazio’s critical role has not been given the recognition it deserves. When first established, the success of WMRS was not at all certain and the “irregular” circumstances regarding its founding affected the station for years. Virtual event, free and open to the public. 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. PST. Registration required.

A recording of the talk can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/6EFBSfTXUzM

TUESDAY, April 19th, 2022- “Geology Underfoot: Second Edition Discussion.” by Dr. Allen Glazner, Professor Emeritus of Geological Sciences, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Allen has coauthored three Geology Underfoot books on California regions: southern California, Death Valley-Owens Valley, and Yosemite National Park. Hybrid event. 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. PST

A record of the talk can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/ESJTetH9rzc

Winter 2021-22 Lecture Series

TUESDAY, February 15th, 2022- “Searching for Cosmic Particles Using the BEACON Radio Experiment at Barcroft Field Station.”- Dan Southhall, PhD candidate in Physics, University of Chicago- Dan is working to detect elusive tau-neutrinos and cosmic rays by utilizing the radio wave detecting BEACON antenna near Barcroft Station in the White Mountains. This talk will discuss an overview of the field of astroparticle physics as it relates to BEACON, with an explanation of how BEACON works and the technical challenges that face a mountaintop experiment. Virtual event, free and open to the public. 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Registration required.

A recording of the talk can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/2yMKVeOyW10

TUESDAY, January 25th, 2022“The Bigger Picture: How Rock Art fit into the Lives of the People who made it”– David Lee, co-founder of WRAR & former WMRC Research Staff.
This lecture combines vivid photographs of rock art, people, animals, and exotic landscapes with insights gained over twenty-five years of researching and documenting rock art in western North America and ten field seasons documenting Aboriginal rock art and associated traditional knowledge with the Wardaman people of northern Australia. Virtual event, free and open to the public. 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. PST. Registration required.

A recording of the talk can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/NaZggbjdbEo

TUESDAY, January 11th, 2022 -“Connecting diversity, phenology and pollination services to determine the viability of plant and pollinator communities.” – Elijah Hall, PhD candidate EEOB, UC Riverside. 2019 & 2020 WMRC Minigrant Recipient- Elijah’s work examines how changes in plant community composition impact their reproductive success through the lens of pollination. 2021 was the third year he spent in the White Mountains studying high elevation pollination and flowering timing. Virtual event, free and open to the public. 6:00 p.m.-7:30.

A recording of this talk can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/Q7JSXoRyT7o

TUESDAY, November 16th, 2021 – “Sierra Nevada and White-Inyo’s Separating after 100 Million Years Together, Cite Irreconcilable Tectonics” – Dr. Allen Glazner, Professor Emeritus of Geological Sciences, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – Allen’s research focuses on magmatism and plate tectonics of western North America, with special emphasis on the Sierra Nevada Range and Yosemite National Park. He has coauthored three Geology Underfoot books on California regions: southern California, Death Valley-Owens Valley, and Yosemite National Park.

A recording of this talk can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/EtvyTvtSMU0