Wild Speaker Series

The American Pika and Lahontan Cutthroat Trout: Conserving Two Iconic Western US Species

Join Friends for our September Wild Speaker Series, “The American Pika and Lahontan Cutthroat Trout: Conserving Two Iconic Western US Species”, online in a Zoom presentation. Kelly Klingler, PhD, Postdoctoral Scholar at UNR, will detail the importance of biodiversity and population-level conservation. Her research focuses on the American Pika and the Lahontan cutthroat trout. The American Pika (Ochotona princeps) is a small, diurnal mammal that has adapted to the cold climate in high-elevation boulder fields and alpine meadows in the mountains of the American West. Locally they can be found in the Ruby Mountains and other areas in northeastern Nevada. The Lahontan cutthroat trout is native to the Lahontan basin of northern Nevada. In 1970, the Lahontan cutthroat trout was listed as endangered. It has since been removed but is still listed as threatened. Find out what efforts are being made to improve these species' resilience. Kelly will share her insights and current research results. Come learn about the power of partnerships and the team effort it takes to protect endemic species in Nevada. This will be an interesting and informative chat for the whole family. 

Kelly Klingler is a postdoctoral scholar and lab manager in the Biology Department at UNR. As a graduate of the Ecology, Evolution and Conservation biology doctoral program at UNR, Kelly has a broad biological expertise that spans applied conservation genetics to evolutionary biology and bioinformatics. Her ongoing research projects include: 1)population connectivity of the American pika (Ochotona princeps), 2) genetic monitoring of the Lahontan cutthroat trout (LCT) (Oncorhynchus clarkii henshawi) and 3) using bioinformatic tools to examine the cophylogenetic patterns between Neotropical avian hosts (Mionectes) and their obligate, parasitic chewing lice (Myrsidea). In her spare time, she loves running, hiking, tending to her plants and playing with her dog!


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The Wild Speaker Series will go online during the COVID-19 Pandemic for the safety of our staff and supporters. Please join us on Zoom for an online interactive experience. We will return to REI - Boca Park when their stores open in the near future.

Wild Speaker Series - September 6, 2020 - Kelly Klingler, PhD

Time: Sep 3, 2020 06:45 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Every first Thursday of the month, Friends of Nevada Wilderness hosts a local environmental expert at REI Boca Park (online for now!) in their Community Room. This is a great event for folks who are interested in the outdoors to learn more about hikes, local habitat, and ways to get involved with conservation efforts.

Doors open at 6:45 giving you enough time to socialize and grab a snack before the presentation begins at 7 pm.

Please join us at REI Boca Park every first Thursday for a new speaker every month!

September 03, 2020 at 6:45pm - 8pm
REI - Boca Park
710 S Rampart Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89145
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