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Ecosystem Resilience

Toward Understanding Teleconnections that Influence Ecosystem Resilience

Successful local conservation efforts must account for both local and remote influences, the latter of which can be more difficult to identify and quantify. For example, the hydrological connectivity of central U.S. river systems leads to environmental problems downstream, such as the Mississippi River Delta. Understanding these “teleconnections” and their influence on the ecosystems and ecosystem services of the region can be key to finding management strategies that work.

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Our Team

Established in October 2018, the Understanding Teleconnections that Influence Ecosystem Resilience Working Group has seven members:

Elinor Martin (co-lead), University of Oklahoma; Greg Sneddon (co-lead), USGS Wetland and Aquatic Research Center; Irenea Lodangco, University of Oklahoma; Jack Friedman, University of Oklahoma; Bob Rohli, Louisiana State University; Wayne Kellogg, Chickasaw Nation; Dave Gutzler, University of New Mexico

Our Projects

Research questions of interest:

What teleconnections exist between remote patterns of large-scale natural climate variability and ecosystem services in the south-central U.S.?

How can this knowledge be applied to better inform natural resource management practices, leading to more successful results?