Tree Mortality in California: Grasping the Problem and Embracing Solutions

Event date

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 3:00pm


Faculty Development Center, Room 103

Who's invited

Faculty & Students


Horacio Ferriz


US Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region 5Guest Speakers

Jodi Axelson – UC Berkeley
Daniel Sanchez – UC Berkeley

Tree mortality in the Sierra Nevada and throughout California is something we should all be aware of, and Jodi Axelson and Daniel Sanchez are at the cutting edge in the search for possible solutions to the problem. The guest lecturers will present action alternatives to cope with California tree mortality.

Event Accommodations
Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing special accommodations or who have questions about physical access may email or call (209) 667-3874 in advance of the event.

About the Speakers

Dr. AxelsonDr. Jodi N. Axelson

Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist
UC Berkeley

Dr. Axelson's research interests/specializations include forest health, disturbance and recovery, insect outbreaks, forest management/forestry, ecology, forest entomology, dendrochronology and wood anatomy.

“My research is broadly focused on forest-insect dynamics across temporal and spatial scales. I am interested in the interaction between insect disturbances, climate and vegetation management; insect outbreaks and ecosystem recovery; and management strategies that maintain and/or enhance resilience. By employing inter-disciplinary applied research drawing from the fields of forestry, entomology, forest ecology, dendrochronology, and wood anatomy my goal is to underscore the forest conditions that need to be maintained in order for existing ecosystems to persist over long time frames, and adapt in the face of uncertainty.”

Dr. SanchezDr. Daniel Sanchez

Environmental Engineer
UC Berkeley

Daniel L. Sanchez is an engineer and energy systems analyst studying the commercialization and deployment of energy technologies that remove CO2 from the atmosphere. Dr. Sanchez’s work and engagement span the academic, non-governmental, and governmental sectors. As an Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist, he runs the Carbon Removal Lab, which aims to commercialize sustainable negative emissions technologies, and supports outreach to policymakers and technologists in California and across the United States. Prior to joining the faculty of UC Berkeley, Daniel was an AAAS Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow serving in the Office of Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO). He has previously held positions with the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, Green for All, and the California Public Utilities Commission.