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Science Cafe: Against the Current: Collaborating with the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe to Prepare for a Warmer and Drier Climate

Presentation Title: "Against the Current: Collaborating with the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe to Prepare for a Warmer and Drier Climate"

Presenter: Schuyler Chew, Ph.D. student, Department of Soil, Water, and Environmental Science

The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe is deeply connected to the endangered cui-ui fish and threatened Lahontan cutthroat trout which together thrive nowhere else but in Pyramid Lake in northern Nevada. While the tribe has recovered from a century of drastic lake level decline and severe ecosystem decline, the impacts of climate change pose an uncertain future for the tribe and their fish. Schuyler collaborates with natural resource managers of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe to better understand how they can build the capacity to prepare for a warmer and drier climate. He will discuss how the tribe could improve their resilience by encouraging citizen participation in climate change planning, examining thresholds of fish under warmer climate scenarios, and pinpointing the relationships between climate and water in this ecosystem.

Schuyler's talk is part of the Spring 2017 Borderlands Brewing Co. Science Café Series: The Climate Clock. This series brings together four Carson Scholars exploring how climate is understood around the world and across time scales, from the deep geologic past to present-day droughts and storms that threaten lives and livelihoods. From cores drawn out of ancient trees to samples of lake sediments, from flooding coasts to drying lakes, this series examines how scientists are puzzling out the natural and human factors in accelerating climate change--and how vulnerable populations from California to Bangladesh are responding.

The UA Science Café Series is brought to you by the University of Arizona College of Science. Science Cafés bring the community together with UA scientists and graduate students in a casual setting. You’ll learn about the latest research being conducted, get to know the faces behind the science, and have opportunities to ask questions and deepen your understanding. There are four separate café series at four different locations around Tucson, each with their own themes for fascinating science discussions. Come join the conversation!

Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 6:00pm

Borderlands Brewing Company., 119 E. Toole Ave., Tucson, AZ 85701