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The Salton Sea- Past, Present and Future

December 21-22 Instructor: Dr. Timothy Bradley, University of California at Irvine There are many conflicting narratives about the Salton Sea. Is it an engineering mistake, or is it a recurrence of a natural phenomenon tens of thousands of years old? Is it a stinking, polluted sump, or is it the most important feeding site for birds on the Pacific Flyway? Will it be a source of toxic dust for decades to come, or can measures be put in place to protect the environment and public health? We will address these and many other questions about the Salton Sea in an evening lecture and question period. On the following day we will tour areas around the Salton Sea and gain a sense of the ecological significance of the Sea and the danger its demise poses for the surrounding communities. About the Instructor: Dr. Timothy Bradley is a Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California at Irvine. He is the founder and past Director of the UC Irvine Salton Sea Initiative, and a member of the Salton Sea Science Advisory Committee to the California Natural Resources Agency. Professor Bradley has published over 100 scientific, peer-reviewed papers on the physiology and ecology of aquatic organisms, and his book “Animal Osmoregulation” was published by the Cambridge University Press.Dr. Bradley was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1992. Schedule Friday Lecture: 7:30-8:30 p.m. (refreshments provided) Saturday Field Class: 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Class Registration Fee: $60 / $50 for ABF members Lecture Only: $5 Meet: Steele/Burnand Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center 401 Tilting T Dr. Borrego Springs, CA 92004 Bring (on Saturday): sack lunch or snacks, sturdy hiking shoes, appropriate clothing for a fall day in the desert, reusable water bottle, and anything else you may want for a day spent learning in the field.