September 20, 2022 - 10:00am to 11:00am
  • Zoom Video Conference

Worried that successive years of wildfire have imperiled our local amphibians?

Join us for another installment of our highly engaging Science Seminar Series featuring Modini Preserve Resource Ecologist Julianne Bradbury



Tuesday, September 20, 10:00–11:00 a.m.

  • Julianne Bradbury: Impacts of Fire on Reptiles and Amphibians in Sonoma County — How are amphibians and reptiles, known collectively as herpetofauna, impacted by fire? Some species may be particularly vulnerable to negative impacts from fire due to their relatively low dispersal abilities compared with other groups of animals. In order to effectively plan prescribed burns and prioritize mitigation for potential wildfires, ecologists and land managers must understand the responses of local flora and fauna to fire. In this presentation, we will learn from biologist Julianne Bradbury, about her pre- and post-fire research surveying herpetofauna at Pepperwood Preserve in northeastern Sonoma County. Plywood coverboards arranged in grassland and mixed oak-conifer forest habitats adjacent to seasonal ponds were surveyed for two years prior to and two years following the 2017 Tubb’s wildfire event at Pepperwood. Join us to learn about Julianne’s findings, and how this research can help better inform land stewardship practices to support a healthy population of reptiles and amphibians living with wildfire.


Julianne Bradbury has served as the Resource Ecologist at Audubon Canyon Ranch's Modini Preserve since 2017. She is also a lecturer in the Department of Geography, Environment, and Planning at Sonoma State University, where she completed both her master’s and bachelor’s degrees in the biology. Her previous experience has included: research, stewardship, and environmental education volunteer work with the Pepperwood Preserve and Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation; a fellowship with the U.S. Geological Survey, the National Parks Service, and Mountains Restoration Trust; and the development of the Hatchery Education Program with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

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