Pacific Coast and Central Valley Group Director
Originally from California’s Great Central Valley, I joined Point Blue as a volunteer at the Palomarin Field Station in 1993 and have worked on a wide array of Point Blue projects in many roles since then, from the tidal marshes of San Francisco Bay to the riparian forests along the Sacramento River to the elephant seal colonies on the Farallon Islands.
As Director of the Pacific Coast and Central Valley Group, I am responsible for over 25 projects, and 20 full time staff.
My research interests include ecological restoration, evaluating climate change impacts on wildlife, migratory ecology, and conservation of at-risk species. I am dedicated to inspiring others to understand and conserve the natural world and to training the next generation of conservation scientists.
Selected Publications (full list available upon request)
Dayer, A.A., S.H. Lutter, K.A. Sesser, C.M. Hickey, and T. Gardali. 2017. Private landowner conservation behavior following participation in voluntary incentive programs: recommendations to facilitate behavioral persistence. Conservation Letters doi: 10.1111/conl.12394
Wiens, J.A., and T. Gardali. 2013. Conservation reliance among California's at-risk birds. The Condor 115:456-464.
Cormier, R.L., D. Humple, T. Gardali, and N.E. Seavy. 2013. Light-level geolocaters reveal strong migratory connectivity and within winter movements for a coastal California Swainson’s Thrush population. The Auk 130:283-290.
Jongsomjit, D., Stralberg, D., Gardali, T., Salas, L., Wiens, J., 2013. Between a rock and a hard place: the impacts of climate change and housing development on breeding birds in California. Landscape Ecology 28:187–200.
Gardali, T., R. DiGaudio, N.E. Seavy, and L. Comrack. 2012. A climate change vulnerability assessment of California’s at-risk birds. PLoS ONE 7: e29507.
Goodman, R.E., G. Lebuhn, N. E. Seavy, T. Gardali, and J. Bluso-Dembers. 2011. Avian body size changes and climate change: warming or increasing variability? Global Change Biology 18:63–73.
Gardali, T., and A.L. Holmes. 2011. Maximizing benefits from riparian revegetation efforts: local- and landscape-level determinants of avian response. Environmental Management 48:28-37.
Seavy, N.E., T. Gardali, G. H. Golet, F. T. Griggs, C, A. Howell, T. R. Kelsey, S. Small, J. H. Viers, J. F. Weigand. 2009. Why climate changes makes riparian restoration more important than ever: recommendations for practice and research. Ecological Restoration 27:330-338.
Gardali, T., and N.E. Seavy. 2008. Can we reclaim “anthropogenic change”? Ecological Restoration 26:1080-181.
Gardali, T., A.L. Holmes, S.L. Small, N. Nur, G.R. Geupel, and G.H. Golet. 2006. Abundance patterns of songbirds in restored and remnant riparian forests on the Sacramento River, California, USA. Restoration Ecology 14:391-403.
Email: Thomas Gardali
415.868.0655 ext. 381