Assessing potential impacts of climate change on carnivore occupancy and snowshoe hare demography along elevational and latitudinal gradients in the Northeastern U.S.

Research Partners: 
Toni Lyn Morelli, Alexej Siren, Rachel Schutes, Juliana Berube, Riley Frackleton, Ben Webber, Caroline Reusch
Status: 
Completed
Science Themes: 
ScienceBase URL: 
http://climaterefugia.org

This project is evaluating the relative influence of climate, habitat, and competition on predator-prey dynamics with a focus on Canada lynx, American marten, and snowshoe hares.  Snowshoe hares are a keystone species in the boreal forest and vulnerable to climate change. The goal is to understand how current community dynamics may be altered given predicted changes in climate and habitat to inform conservation and management in the region.  Collecting baseline data on abundance, survival, and habitat preference will also be useful for management decisions and to understand local fluctuations of predator species.

Publications: 
Presentations: 

  • Wildlife Society Conference Annual Meeting; MtnClim 2018
  • Conference Climate change refugia, landscape connectivity, and translational ecology. University of Connecticut Department of Environment and Wildlife, November 2017.
  • Climate change refugia, landscape connectivity, and translational ecology. Reed College Department of Biology, February 2018.
  • Using decision tools to assess vulnerability and manage wildlife response to climate change. Annual Michigan Department of Natural Resources Professional Development Training, Traverse City, MI, January 2018.                                                  
  • Northeast Forest Carnivore Working Group Workshop, SUNY-ESF Adirondack Ecological Center (AEC); Newcomb, NY, September 28-29