Extreme weather, such as heat waves and drought, can have strong effects on the distribution, abundance, and persistence of many species. In this talk, Andy Allstadt will first discuss how we can quantify extreme weather events, and how these metrics may relate to ecological systems. Then, Brooke Bateman will discuss how extreme weather events and recent climate change have affected breeding bird species in the U.S.. We will use case studies to highlight how learning about past relationships can help us plan for future changes in extreme weather and climate.
Dr. Brooke Bateman’s research interests are in linking spatial ecology applications to conservation issues, and improving on species distribution modeling techniques so that they provide realistic, tangible outputs for use in conservation and management actions. Her current research is focused on the effects of extreme weather events on species populations and distributions and on examining the usefulness of short-term weather data in models. Dr. Bateman is a postdoctoral research fellow in the SILVIS lab in the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Wisconsin Madison.
Dr. Andrew Allstadt is a population ecologist, interested in how trophic interactions, habitat differences, and weather disturbance lead to changes in population abundance in space and time. He has worked with plants and insect populations in the past, and is now working to understand the effects of extreme weather on bird populations.