Isaac Silverman

Protecting the character and biodiversity of the Sierra Nevada region - Year Two

Staff Attorney - Year Two

Grant Type: 

  • Leadership Program

Fellows: 

Award Date: 

May 2015

Amount: 

$15,000

Location: 

Nevada City, CA

Sierra Watch received $15,000 for a second year of funding to support Isaac Silverman’s position as Staff Attorney. This position was created in 2014 with help from a $40,000 Switzer Leadership Grant.  In this second year, Isaac will be chiefly responsible for providing legal and regulatory expertise on Sierra Watch’s campaign to protect Squaw Valley in northern California from a proposed large-scale development.  With the release of a Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) in 2015, Isaac will be responsible for legal research, coordinating the work of consultants to respond to the EIR, and providing testimony and public comment throughout the regulatory process.  He will use his expertise to ensure any land use decisions are consistent with existing law and that all procedural and substantive requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act are followed during the development’s review process.  

Spotlight on Leadership

Studying the role of infectious disease and perceptions of ecological change
2014 Fellow Andrea Adams’s dissertation research involves the study of disappearing frogs in Southern California. “One species, the foothill yellow-legged frog (Rana boylii) disappeared from the region during a short period of time in the mid-1960s to early 1970s,” Andrea explains. “One thing that can cause such rapid declines in amphibians is the pathogenic amphibian chytrid fungus. I study this fungus’s distribution and disease dynamics in different amphibian species in Southern California to see if it could have been a major contributing factor to the disappearance of the foothill yellow-legged frog in the region. To do this, I conduct molecular work in the laboratory, as well as field and museum work.”Read more >

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