Interview with Jon Keeley, by Joe Engbeck

The Conservancy’s eleventh annual meeting was held at the Claremont Hotel, November 4 with our keynote speaker, Jon Keeley, PhD.

Dr. Keeley is a research ecologist and head of station for the U.S. Geological Survey office in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in Three Rivers, California. He is also an adjunct professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at UCLA. He holds a PhD in botany and ecology from the University of Georgia and a masters degree in biology from San Diego State University.

During the course of his career he has published more than 175 articles in books and in national and international scientific journals. His research has focused on the ecological impact of wildfire and other aspects of plant ecology, including rare plants, rare habitats (vernal pools), and plant physiology. In 1985 he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and became a Fellow of the Southern California Academy of Sciences and an honorary lifetime member of the California Botanical Society.

After visiting the Bay Area, touring Claremont Canyon, and serving as the Regional Parks Association’s guest speaker in 2004, he wrote a research paper, “Fire History of the San Francisco East Bay Region and Implications for Landscape Patterns,” which was published in 2005 by the International Journal of Wildland Fire.

His most recent book, Fire in Mediterranean Ecosystems, Ecology, Evolution and Management, was published in 2012 by Cambridge University Press.

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Keeley has agreed to serve once again as the guest speaker at the Conservancy’s annual meeting in 2012.

He was interviewed by board member Jon Kaufman of the Conservancy in preparation for his visit.