Friday, September 4, 2020
NE CASC Research Ecologist Toni Lyn Morelli and colleagues from the Refugia Research Coalition organized a session on "Innovative Approaches for Identifying and Managing Climate Change Refugia" at the recently held 2020 North American Congress for Conservation Biology (NACCB) Symposium.
Areas that are relatively buffered from climate change, refugia enable persistence of valued physical, ecological, and socio-cultural resources. This session provided an overview of cutting-edge approaches and conceptual advances in refugia science spanning the entire North American continent. Presentations discussed a wide range of ecosystems--such as mountain peaks, desert wetlands, and old-growth forests--and an equally broad array of habitats, including those for amphibians, ungulates, migratory birds, and anadromous fish, to name a few. The session also engaged applications to a variety of conservation problems, supporting the use of nature-based solutions to help preserve biodiversity, ecological integrity, and ecosystem services in a changing climate.