Toward Mapping & Predicting Changes in Species Distributions
Environmental changes have impacted the iconic species of our region. However, many historical datasets are difficult to access, limiting our ability to target successful management practices. Though bioclimatic envelope models can suggest changes in species distribution, non-linearities in habitat structure, phenology, etc. can affect the extent to which species actually inhabit desirable areas. Thus, managers make many decisions without adequate information regarding future scenarios.
Established in October 2018, the Mapping and Predicting Changes in Species Distributions Working Group has 11 members:
Jim Ansley (co-lead), Todd Fagin (co-lead), Bill Bartush, Rachel Fovargue, Kerry Griffis-Kyle, Bruce Hoagland, Robin O’Malley, Victor Rivera-Monroy, Nick Smith, Lizz Waring, Heather McCarthy
We are currently working a concept paper to address the challenges of ecosystem service valuation across private lands.
Research question of interest:
How are the distributions of key indicator taxa or ecological systems changing as a result of extreme climatic events?