Silvestrum staff regularly serve on technical and scientific advisory panels for a wide range of projects, programs, and agencies. Below are a few of the key roles are staff hold, or have recently held. If your agency or program needs a subject matter expert to provide guidance or advice, please contact us at info@silvestrum.com.

CalTrout and their partners, with funding from the California Wildlife Conservation Board, is developing a comprehensive framework and estuary restoration recommendations to achieve benefits for multiple listed aquatic species. Tidal wetlands play a critical role in sequestering carbon, and they also support multiple habitat and species goals, including providing vital functions for juvenile salmonids. Developing restoration projects that achieve these myriad of goals in complex ecological settings remains a challenge. Steve is providing expert advice and review for the development of the decision making tool that will inform fish assemblage habitat requirements, water quality goals, and estuarine best management practices in California.

Steve Crooks

Technical Advisory Committee

2020

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Ongoing

California Trout, Aquatic Species Assessment Tool

Yanna is a Climate Reality Leadership Corps mentor for the Climate Reality Global Training 2020, deepening relationships with, debriefing the program for, and directing 22 Mentees on how to become new Climate Reality Leaders. As a mentor, Yanna serves a critical role by ensuring that attendees come away from the training feeling connected, encouraged, and most importantly, ready to take action on the climate crisis. This is a pro-bono commitment that extends over the next year and beyond. Yanna was recognized during the Training as a climate resilience expert and keynote speaker by the Climate Reality Project Europe.

Yanna Badet

Climate Reality Leadership Mentor

2020

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Ongoing

Climate Reality Global Training

Bay Adapt is an initiative to establish regional agreement on the actions necessary to protect people and the natural and built environment from rising sea levels. Kris serves on the Regional Visioning working group, and the Science and Data working group.

Kris May

Advisor

2020

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Ongoing

Bay Adapt

Yanna participates in Al Gore’s Climate Reality Training in Berlin, Germany in 2018 and has quickly become a sought after speaker within the Climate Reality Network. She effectively communicates about the growing climate crisis and how it is affecting communities around the globe. Yanna tailors her presentation to the audience, whether it’s elementary or secondary school students, a faith-based organization, or community and corporate leaders and decision makers. Through her outreach and presentations, Yanna tells the story of how we can all make a difference and help create a more sustainable future.

Yanna Badet

Climate Reality Leader

2018

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Ongoing

Climate Reality Project

The International Blue Carbon Partnership was created at the COP 25 by the Australian Government to provide an international government level forum for sharing understanding on blue carbon systems and their management to meet the Paris Climate Agreement. The Partnership now has an expansive network of partners and activities. Steve contributed briefings at COP 25 to help shape the Partnership and currently serves on the Focal Group providing support to the Partnership with advice on strategic direction, expert input. and knowledge sharing.

Steve Crooks

Focal Group Member

2016

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Ongoing

International Blue Carbon Partnership

The Hamilton Army Air Base was decommissioned and restored to tidal wetlands. Steve was the project manager for the restoration efforts. Steve now serves as one of three recognized regional experts in the field of tidal wetland restoration science. He is reviewing the sites progress and advising on monitoring and reporting as well as management adaptation needs should they arise.

Steve Crooks

Technical Advisory Panel

2016

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Ongoing

Hamilton Wetland Restoration

The first National Adaptation Forum was held in 2015, bringing together adaptation professionals, scientists, academics, planners, engineers, community leaders, non-profits, tribal representatives, and more. The Form is held bi-annually, with the goal of fostering knowledge exchange, innovation, and mutual support for a better tomorrow. Kris has served on the Program Committee and/or Steering Committee since its inception, networking with an amazing group of volunteers from around the country to help shape the discussions that are moving beyond adaptation awareness and planning to adaptation action.

Kris May

Program and Steering Committee

2015

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Ongoing

National Adaptation Forum

Abby advises the sanctuary superintendent on priority issues and helps to connect local communities with the sanctuary. Prior to being the Vice Chair, Abby served on the Kelp Recovery Working Group and the Regional Sediment Working Group. The Sanctuary Advisory Council forms working groups to address key issues and to provide recommendations for management strategies. Working groups consist of a variety of stakeholders such as scientists, researchers, community members, governmental and non-governmental agencies.

Abby Mohan

Vice Chair, Maritime Activities and Recreation

2014

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Ongoing

Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary

The IUCN Species Survival Commission is a science-based network to achieve a just world that values and conserves nature through positive action to reduce the loss of diversity of life on earth. Steve serves on the Steering Committee of Mangrove Specialist Group formed to advance mangrove research and conservation projects by bringing together experts in the field to share their knowledge. Hosted by the Zoological Society of London, the Mangrove Specialist Group includes restoration practitioners and academics from around the world providing support to communities and advice to the IUCN on mangrove related issues.

Steve Crooks

Steering Committee

2013

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Ongoing

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Species Survival Commission Mangrove Specialist Group

Kris serves on the May of San Francisco's Sea Level Rise Working Group since 2013, and was a primary author of the award-winning Sea Level Rise Guidance for incorporating sea level rise vulnerability and risk assessments within the Capital Planning Process. Kris updated the Guidance in 2020 based on the most recent climate science, and developed a checklist to help project managers comply with Guidance throughout each projects lifecycle.

Kris May

Science and Policy Advisor

2013

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Ongoing

San Francisco, Sea Level Rise Coordinating Committee

Abby leads groups sailing along the Marin Headlands looking for wildlife and learning about San Francisco Bay ecosystems aboard the Schooner Freda B out of Sausalito. She has serves as a naturalist for the Golden Gate Cetacean society, the National Wildlife Foundation, and the Richardson Bay Audubon Society. Twice a year Abby takes San Francisco State University students out on the Bay to learn the history of the urbanized shoreline. Abby also participates in the Farallon Patrol, volunteering to take Point Blue scientists to and from the Farallon Islands to support their fieldwork.

Abby Mohan

Naturalist

2012

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Ongoing

San Francisco Bay Adventures

The Blue Carbon Initiative is a global program working to mitigation climate change through restoration and sustainable use of coastal and marine ecosystems. The Initiative is coordinated by Conservation International, the IUCN and IOC UNESCO, and brings together governments, research institutions, NGOs and communities from around the world. Steve Co-Chairs the International Blue Carbon Science Working Group alongside Emily Pidgeon of Conservational International. Their leadership and this Initiative have been instrumental in building blue carbon awareness and science capacity around the world.

Steve Crooks

Co-chair

2011

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Ongoing

Blue Carbon Initiative: International Science Working Group

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