Climate Change Threats to California Inland Fishes

Dozens of policymakers, scientists and students went online Feb. 7, 2014 to watch this webinar produced by the UC Davis Policy Institute for Energy, Environment and the Economy, a key partner of the Center for Watershed Sciences.

Summary: Today, nearly 50 percent of California’s native freshwater fishes face a high risk of extinction. Add the stress of climate warming, and the projected extinction rate rises to 83 percent within the next 100 years if present trends continue. Much of the unique California fish fauna will vanish and cede their habitats to carp, bass and other alien fishes. More effective conservation efforts would come from a better understanding of the biology and vulnerability of native fishes.

Presentation includes:

  • Introduction to California fish fauna 
  • Effects of climate change on native and non-native species
  • How we can buffer the effects of climate change on native fishes

Title: Climate Change Vulnerability of Native and Alien Freshwater Fishes of California: A Systematic Assessment Approach


  • Peter Moyle, a professor of fish biology at UC Davis who has been documenting the biology and status of California fish for the past 40 years. Professor Moyle is associate director of the Center for Watershed Sciences
  • Rebecca Quiñones, postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Watershed Sciences

Host: Anthony Eggert, executive director of the UC Davis Policy Institute for Energy, Environment and the Economy

Producer: Matt Robbins, UC Davis graduate student and research aide at the Policy Institute

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