Live from the Field: Climate Change in Our Watershed

Bring researchers into your classroom and give students a window into the process of scientific inquiry. Join us for an informal chat with scientists from Sonoma State University and Sonoma Water studying how climate change is affecting the Russian River Watershed. Come explore this fascinating topic through both an academic and applied lens while hearing about who these scientists are, how they got interested in watershed research, and their scientific goals and questions. We'll show clips of them out doing their work, followed by a chance to ask questions and discuss.


  • Anne Crealock, Environmental Specialist, Sonoma Water
  • Mike Cohen, Professor of Biology, Sonoma State University
  • Belle Ehrmantraut, Undergraduate Student Researcher, Department of Biology, Sonoma State University

This is a collaborative event supported by: Center for Environmental Inquiry, Sonoma State University; Orchard View School; Sonoma County Library - "Mind of a Scientist"; Sonoma Water


"Live from the Field" events are 50-60 minute events where researchers at multiple sites describe their interests and research in 8-10 minute videos, then participants join a live moderated Q&A session with the researchers. Events are recorded for asynchronous instructional use, and available to all at

In this event, researchers will talk about their work on fire and controlled burns as they relate to water and climate change, and bioprospecting the Laguna de Santa Rosa watershed for applied biological systems that address climate change.

“Live from the Field” events originated as international collaborations led by the Center for Environmental Inquiry to give students virtual field experiences in ecosystems all over the world as part of "The Virtual Field." Learn more at Events are informal and open to everyone to generate opportunities to speak with researchers and develop a personal interest in doing research. All are welcome. For more information: Dr. Claudia Luke, Sonoma State University,

Sonoma County Library's "Mind of a Scientist" is an opportunity for high school students -- and science lovers of all ages -- to experience a day in the life of a scientist. Each week, we venture out to meet scientists and engineers presenting live from their labs or the field, who will share the adventures they experience in their various professions and answer student questions. These fun and interesting webinar-style Zoom presentations are later uploaded at

How to Sign Up

Register at the link below. Each participant should register separately. Registration is free.

Event times listed are in Pacific Daylight Time.

Zoom meeting details will be sent to you upon registration. If you have not used Zoom before, please allow time to install the application and create and account before the event. Please log-in a few minutes early, as it may take more than one attempt if servers are busy.

About the Center

Sonoma State University’s Center for Environmental Inquiry empowers university students to work with community members on the environmental challenges of the North Bay. Our mission is to create an engaged and environmentally ready society, one where all people have the skills to find solutions to the challenges facing our earth. SSU Preserves are open to everyone engaged in education or research. Reservations are required.

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Wednesday, April, 14, 2021, 12:30pm to 1:30pm