Flyway Nights Speaker Series

Thu, Nov 4th 2021, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual event via Zoom.

Flyway Nights is a monthly speaker series highlighting environmental issues, current research topics in conservation, and natural history of Northern California.

Talks are scheduled at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month from November through April. Events are virtual, via Zoom.
Pre-registration will be required to receive event link. Flyway Nights is free to Yolo Basin Foundation members and open to the public. A $10 donation is suggested for non-members.

Yolo Basin Foundation Graduate Student Fellowship Recipients
Thursday, November 4 – 7 p.m.

Mattea Berglund – Ecology graduate student at UC Davis.

Mattea’s research focuses on how human-driven change impacts aquatic ecosystems, with the goal of informing effective and equitable management strategies.

Research summary

In flood years, the Yolo Bypass provides valuable floodplain habitat to juvenile salmon. With relatively little floodplain habitat remaining in the Central Valley, it is important to understand how habitat change affects salmon. Microbiome analysis, identifying the microscopic organisms that live on and in an animal, provides a unique tool for studying how habitat conditions impact animals. Microbiomes influence health in many species, yet salmon microbiomes remain poorly understood. Mattea will use genetics to learn how juvenile Chinook salmon microbiomes differ between floodplain, agricultural, and river habitats.