Early Career Climate Forum Blog on Snowshoe Hares

Friday, April 29, 2016

How are snowshoe hare populations responding to a changing climate and predation increases? Check out a New Hampshire Wildlife Journal article and new ECCF blog post from NE CASC fellow Alexej Siren as he discusses his research investigating the population dynamics of boreal forest species and how changes to snowpack and climate may mediate these relationships. 

Alexej is working on his doctorate at UMass Amherst, studying the influence of climate change on montane boreal forest species in New England. He is collaborating with several state and federal agencies, including the N.H. Fish and Game Department, U.S. Forest Service, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  Alexej has put to words his research experience, tapping into two different avenues of communicating why we do what we do.

Splitting Hares: When climate increases predation on a keystone species” Blog posted to the Early Career Climate Forum, April 25, 2016.   

Northern New Hampshire, January 2016.  I was doubtful that I was going to find lynx tracks.  As a Master’s student, I had spent most weekends doing field work in northern New Hampshire and never found lynx tracks.  However, that was three years ago and I have since learned that distribution patterns can change considerably within that timeframe.  I drove my truck around the mountain and slowed down as I passed the area where I used to count carnivore tracks. Read the rest of the blog >> 

Mad as a March Hare” article in the New Hampshire Wildlife Journal, March/April 2016
From spring mating rituals to climate challenges, snowshoe hare offer an intriguing lens on the wild world.  Read the article >>