Registration Open for Online Workshop: Biological Thresholds in the Context of Climate Adaptation

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Online Workshop: Biological Thresholds in the Context of Climate Adaptation

Description 
To better predict the response of plants and wildlife to climate change, natural and cultural resource managers seek to understand the mechanisms that drive changes in the distribution and abundance of plant and animal species, including any thresholds (non-linear responses) that might soon be crossed. Through this workshop, we will identify climate-driven or management thresholds for populations, ecosystems, and landscapes to inform climate change adaptation and cultural/natural management plans as well as explore research opportunities for future work.

This workshop will:

  • Introduce the concept of biological thresholds through the lens of NE CASC science
  • Explore biological thresholds through case studies
  • Engage cultural/natural resource management perspectives and priorities
  • Provide a forum for discussing adaptation strategies and research opportunities

Dates and Times
Wednesday, October 7th: 10:30-11:30 AM & 1:30-2:30 PM
Thursday, October 8th: 1:30-2:45 PM

Registration Information
Workshop registration is now closed. Please email necasc@umass.edu if you would like to participate. 

Agenda
October 7th: 10:30-11:30 AM & 1:30-2:30 PM

  • Intro to Thresholds and NE CASC science: Tom Bonnot and Toni Lyn Morelli 
  • Case studies to demonstrate research on thresholds
    • Forests: Tony D’Amato
    • Atlantic coasts: Michelle Staudinger
    • Invasive plants: Bethany Bradley
    • Management panel (facilitated by Richard Palmer)

October 8th: 1:30-2:45 PM

  • Survey results: Tony D’Amato
  • Facilitated small group discussions on thresholds science and management