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The Life and Legacy of Jack London: Complete Video

Scholars talked about the life and legacy of novelist, journalist, photographer, and social activist Jack London. They showed a selection of London’s photojournalism and spoke how the author of The Call of the Wild influenced generations of Western novelists and writers. 

Read more about the Jack London symposium: A Century After His Death, Scholars Examine Jack London’s Enduring Legacy

The Utility of Surfers’ Wave Knowledge for Coastal Management

This study investigates the local knowledge of surfers through two surveys of more than one thousand California surfers and promulgates, based on survey data, a formal definition of surfers’ local knowledge as "wave knowledge." In so doing, this study makes the case that wave knowledge can be used to inform coastal management decision-making in those situations where wave resources, and thus the growing stakeholder group of surfers, could possibly be affected.

Shifting Landscapes in the Bay Area

As the climate continues to warm, scientists believe the Bay Area’s microclimates will shift. These maps show how the region’s plant communities could move as conditions change. What scientists don't know is how fast vegetation could migrate to new areas or how the changes will affect Bay Area parks and wildlife.. Part of a report produced in collaboration with KQED Public Media.

A History of Bay Area Open Space Conservation

The Bay Area has a long history of preserving its open lands. Today, about one-third of the region is designated as open space, from small city parks to lands stretching thousands of acres. Part of a report produced in collaboration with KQED Public Media.

Bert Patenaude on Bill Lane and "The Sun Never Sets: Reflections on a Western Life"

The Stanford historian Bertrand Patenaude, who served as editor for L.W. "Bill" Lane, Jr.'s memoir, The Sun Never Sets: Reflections on a Western Life, speaks about Bill Lane's career as longtime publisher of Sunset magazine, environmentalist, and U.S. ambassador in Japan and Australia, and discusses the challenges and rewards of recounting a life rich in experience, starting in the flatlands of Iowa and reaching its pinnacle among the soaring granite walls of Yosemite Valley.

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