Wendy Bragg is a Ph.D. student in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology with a designated emphasis in Coastal Science and Policy at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Wendy is collaborating with NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA’s Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Multi-Agency Rocky Intertidal Network (MARINe) to examine the impacts of the 2020 California fires and subsequent rains on the rocky intertidal endangered black abalone (Haliotis cracherodii) populations along the central California coast. Her studies monitor how increased sediment influxes from debris flows and mudslides can change habitat availability and directly impact populations in the path of these sediment deposits. This examination pivoted to rescue, husbandry, and plans for outplanting efforts when many areas of the Big Sur coast’s rocky intertidal zone were inundated by sediment and debris flows, burying large areas of habitat and covering many black abalone.
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Marshall-Chalmers, A. Wildfire, landslides threaten California’s endangered black abalone. 22 Feb 2021. Earth Island Journal. Available online at: https://www.earthisland.org/journal/index.php/articles/entry/wildfire-landslides-threaten-californias-endangered-black-abalone
NOAA Fisheries West Coast. Facebook Post. 6 March 2021.
Sanctuary Integrated Monitoring Network (SIMoN) Featured News. 16 Feb. 2021.
Bragg W.K., S.T. Gonzalez, A. Rabearisoa, and A.D. Stoltz. 2021. Communicating Managed Retreat in California. Water. 13,781. Available from: https://doi.org/10.3390/w13060781
Bragg, W. K., J. D. Fawcett, T. B. Bragg, and B. E. Viets. 2000. Nest-site selection in two eublepharid gecko species with temperature-dependent sex determination and one with genotypic sex determination. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. 69:319-332. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1095-8312.2000.tb01208.x
Bragg, W. K., and M. A. Rumble. 1997. Brown-headed cowbird (Molothrus ater) parasitism in green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica) prairie woodlands in central South Dakota. (unpublished Forest Service Research Note).Bragg, W. K., A. K. Knapp, and J. M. Briggs. 1993. Comparative water relations of seedling and adult Quercus species during gallery forest expansion in tallgrass prairie. Forest Ecology and Management. 56:29-41. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1016/0378-1127(93)90101-R