Updates on Two Network-Wide Initiatives: Climate Refugia and Invasive Species

Friday, December 9, 2016
Toni Lyn Morelli speaking at the Vermont Monitoring Cooperative meeting.  Photo: VMC

Toni Lyn Morelli speaking at the Vermont Monitoring Cooperative meeting. Photo: VMC

NE CSC’s Toni Lyn Morelli, Research Ecologist with the USGS continues to advance network-wide work to improve adaptive capacity of species and ecological systems in the face of climate change.  


Invasives, Climate Change, and Northeastern Forests (Oh My!)

Toni Lyn was invited as a Plenary speaker and panelist at the 26th annual meeting of the Vermont Monitoring Cooperative (soon to be the Forest Ecosystem Monitoring Cooperative (FEMC)), held in Burlington, VT.   Her talk, entitled "Monitoring invasive species potential in the face of climate change", focused on collaborations with Professor Bethany Bradley of UMass and Carrie Brown-Lima, Director of the NY Invasive Species Research Institute.  Results from last year's workshop, which has developed into the Northeastern Regional Invasive Species and Climate Change (RISCC) Management network (100+ strong!) were also highlighted. The audience of nearly 200 natural resource managers and scientists was highly interested in the topic.  If you are too, contact Toni Lyn to sign up for the RISCC listserv!

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Refugia Research Coalition Kick-off!

Last month, Toni Lyn participated in the first meeting of the Refugia Research Coalition in Portland, OR, sponsored by the Northwest Climate Science Center.  Natural resource managers and scientists from around the Pacific Northwest came together to learn about climate refugia and identify focal resources that could be the target of refugia conservation strategies, such as late successional forests and cold-water streams for salmon.  The discussions were framed around the Climate Change Refugia Conservation Cycle that was in the recent publication "Managing Climate Change Refugia for Climate Adaptation" by Toni Lyn and colleagues.  Toni Lyn is now looking to replicate this process in the Northeast and Midwest, so stay tuned!

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