In the face of increasing temperatures, shifting precipitation patterns, and large uncertainty, natural resource managers need to assess vulnerability of species in order to develop adaptation options and conservation strategies. This project focuses on developing and implementing rapid assessments of wildlife in Massachusetts and mammals across the northeastern forest that was conducted through a knowledge coproduction framework. The goal is to develop specific adaptation actions, including managing climate change refugia and incorporating actions into project planning at the state and forest level.
- Galbraith, H. & Morelli, T.L. 2017. Vulnerabilities to climate change of Massachusetts animal species of greatest conservation need. Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game report.
- Staudinger, M.D., T.L. Morelli, & A.M. Bryan. 2015. Integrating Climate Change into Northeast and Midwest State Wildlife Action Plans. DOI Northeast Climate Science Center Report, Amherst, Massachusetts.
- The Wildlife Society Nov 17, 2016, Hadley MA, "Climate Change Impacts on Wildlife"; Keynote speech at the annual meeting of the Western Massachusetts Master Gardener Association, "Climate change and the backyard gardener", January 21, 2017; NE CSC webinar "Using Decision Tools to Assess Vulnerability and Inform Management of Wildlife in the Northeast", Amherst, MA, March 29, 2017
- 76th Annual Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference, Lincoln NE, Feb 7, 2017, presented " The Northeast Climate Science Center: Improving the Way Climate Science Informs Resource Management"