This plated lunch is free to ICOET participants and will feature Dr. Seth Riley, Wildlife Branch Chief, National Park Service
Dr. Seth Riley is Wildlife Branch Chief of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area and Adjunct Associate Professor in Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UCLA. Seth's research focuses on the ecology and conservation of wildlife in fragmented urban landscapes. Specifically, this includes the behavior and ecology of wide-ranging mammalian carnivores such as mountain lions and bobcats, the effects of fragmentation and roads on the population genetic structure of wildlife (including carnivores, reptiles, and birds), and the effects of urbanization on the diversity and abundance of reptile and amphibian communities. He is well-known in Southern California for his work with mountain lions and fragmentation. He uses camera traps, GPS collars, genetics tools and other approaches to understand and help conserve biodiversity in the mountains around Los Angeles.. He is an engaging speaker describing road ecology and wildlife movement in the vicinity of one of the largest metro areas in the world.