Bioneers 2024 Conference

Working with Nature to Boost Climate Adaptation and Resilience

Today news of “natural” disasters is nearly constant, documenting epic floods, fires, droughts, and storms. In fact, human activities play a large role in making these events much worse, and not just because of climate change. Our development—urban sprawl, industrial agriculture and forestry, the engineered way we try to control water, etc.—has significantly altered the water cycle, with knock-on effects throughout the ecosystems that sustain life. Join four deeply knowledgeable writers, researchers, and policy strategists to explore how to integrate systems theory, respect for nature’s right to exist, and the restoration and protection of the ecosystems that support us into the dominant culture. With: Erica Gies, science journalist and author of Water Always Wins; Suzanne Simard, renowned biologist and bestselling author of Finding the Mother Tree; Felicia Marcus, now the Landreth Visiting Fellow at Stanford University, previously the long-time chair of the California State Water Resources Board; and Laura Tam, Senior Program Officer at the Resources Legacy Foundation and co-author of the Adaptation Atlas published by the San Francisco Estuary Institute.

Magnes Museum


March 30th | 3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


Erica Gies
Author & Journalist
Water Always Wins: Thriving in an Age of Drought and Deluge
Suzanne Simard
Professor of Forest Ecology
University of British Columbia
Felicia Marcus
Landreth Visiting Fellow
Stanford University’s Water in the West Program
Laura Tam
Senior Program Officer
Resources Legacy Fund