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Michael Kauffmann

Michael Kauffmann

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Introduction
I am driven to connect people with the natural world through questioning, observing, adventuring, and documenting. I work as a devoted educator, Ecologist with the California Native Plant Society, founder and president of the Bigfoot Trail Alliance, and owner of Backcountry Press. My current research involves mapping and inventorying rare conifers in northern California as well as editing a book on the Natural History of the Klamath Mountains (2020).
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June 2012 - December 2019
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Position
  • Vegetation Ecologist
Description
  • Work with California Native Plant Society Vegetation Team and various Forest Service units to map rare conifers in California.

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Publications (11)
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In the summer of 1969, Humboldt University professors John Sawyer and Dale Thornburgh began formal research in a remote place in the Klamath Mountains now known as the “Miracle Mile.” With the help of two undergraduate field assistants they conducted over 200 vegetation surveys in the drainages surrounding Russian Peak and used that data to describ...
Book
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An innovative natural history and hiking guide that uses conifers as a lens to explore the astounding plant diversity in the Klamath Mountains.
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In general, mapping and monitoring of bigcone Douglasfir (PSMA) occurrence and status/threat has been done primarily remotely in the National Forests of California by the US Forest Service through the Remote Sensing Lab’s California Vegetation (CALVEG )system. CALVEG is a vegetation mapping tool, but isn’t used for monitoring the status or threats...
Book
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A contemporary field guide built to assist plant lovers in identifying one of the most intriguing and ancient groups of plants in the world. Conifers survive within the West’s most spectacular environments—from the coastal temperate rainforests to the highest mountain summits.
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Manzanita’s center of biodiversity is in the California Floristic Province, where they are the “rock stars” of woody shrub diversity. Ranging from the Sierra Nevada mountains to coastal bluffs along the Pacific, from temperate rainforests along the North Coast to arid mountain slopes in Southern California, a wealth of manzanita species and subspec...
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This book celebrates the natural history of the Klamath Mountains of northwest California and southwest Oregon through stories of diversity and resilience over deep time. Shaped by geology, these mountains form an ancient jigsaw puzzle and topographic mosaic dissected by big-shouldered river canyons and sharp ridgelines that create localized clima...
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The desert areas of California include the northwestern portion of the Sonoran Desert, the largest part of the Mojave Desert, and the western margin of the Great Basin. A key ecological feature of the remarkable California desert region is winter-rainfall coupled with dry summers. This rainfall regime, a gradient of temperatures from low- to high-e...
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In the state of California, the habitat and ecology of whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis) is unique due to the variety of ecological settings where this important tree species is found. The most extensive stands occur in high-elevation, open ridges and slopes of the central and southern portions of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. To the north, as...
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The California Native Plant Society, in collaboration with the US Forest Service, assessed the extent and status of the California endemic bigcone Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga macrocarpa) in the Angeles National Forest.
Book
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Manzanita’s center of biodiversity is in the California Floristic Province, where they are the “rock stars” of woody shrub diversity. Ranging from the Sierra Nevada mountains to coastal bluffs along the Pacific, from temperate rainforests along the North Coast to arid mountain slopes in Southern California, a wealth of manzanita species and subspec...
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The DNA sequences from five gene regions (nrDNA, trnS-trnG, trnL-trnF, petN-psbM, psbM-trnD) for Abies concolor var. concolor and var. lowiana from seven populations from throughout their range were analyzed and sequences compared. Whereas the leaf essential oil compositions from these seven populations were quite differentiated, the DNA data revea...

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