The 2021 “Bairdfest” Symposium was held virtually on Sunday, October 24th, 2021. This annual symposium features presentations by Carol Baird Award Graduate Student Award for Field Research awardees. This year’s symposium was attended by UC Berkeley faculty, award donors, field station managers, and other NRS stakeholders who heard talks from our 2020-2021 group of graduate student awardees. Following the presentations, the group discussed pressing topics relating to California conservation. The full talks from our four student awardees are available to view below.


Emily Lam– Physiological and behavioral thermoregulation of northern elephant seals among three northern California rookeries

Nina Sokolov– Bee viruses across landscapes: the impact of crop pollination on disease ecology in managed and native bees

Phoebe Parker-Shames– Impact of cannabis agriculture on wildlife

Rachael Ryan– Quantifying diversity of juvenile Coho Salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch) in different stream habitats



2021 Bairdfest