Climate change refugia, landscape connectivity, and translational ecology.
Toni Lyn Morelli of the USGS will introduce the new sub-field of translational ecology and use it as a paradigm to explore work on climate change refugia. The concept of climate refugia has a long history in the field of paleontology, where areas of relatively stable climate have been seen as safe havens for species during past episodes of climate change. Recently, this concept has been updated to focus on its application to managing species and ecosystems in the face of anthropogenic climate change. As the effects of climate change expand nationally and globally, resistance strategies like managing climate change refugia—i.e., areas buffered from contemporary climate change that enable persistence of physical, ecological, and socio-cultural resources—are among the adaptation options that natural resource managers are turning to. Morelli's research has identified climate change refugia, and connectivity among them, in the Sierra Nevada, focusing on Belding's ground squirrel occupancy and genetic diversity to validate these locations. She will discuss how resistance strategies can increase conservation in the face of global change.
Student Lunch: Students interested in joining Dr. Morelli for lunch should RSVP by emailing me ASAP since spaces are limited. Then plan to meet in B-115 shortly before noon on Friday. Commons dining room vouchers will be distributed at that time.
Friday, February 16 at 4:10pm to 5:00pm
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