Schuyler Chew, Ph.D student in the Department of Soil, Water, and Environmental Science, will present "Fish out of Water: Collaborating with the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe to Prepare for a Warmer and Drier Climate."
The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe is deeply connected to the endangered cui-ui fish and threatened Lahontan cutthroat trout which together thrive nowhere else but in Pyramid Lake in northern Nevada. While the tribe has recovered from a century of drastic lake level decline and severe ecosystem decline, the impacts of climate change pose an uncertain future for the tribe and their fish. Schuyler collaborates with natural resource managers of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe to better understand how they can build the capacity to prepare for a warmer and drier climate. He will discuss how the tribe could improve their resilience by encouraging citizen participation in climate change planning, examining thresholds of fish under warmer climate scenarios and pinpointing the relationships between climate and water in this ecosystem.