NCCWSC Climate Change Science and Management Webinar Series

Past, Present and Future Effects of Land-use Changes on Functional Connectivity in the Southern Great Plains
  • Speaker: Elena López Zozaya and Kristen A. Baum
  • Affiliation: Oklahoma State University
  • Wednesday, July 8, 2015, 3:00 PM EDT

Originally dominated by prairies, the Southern Great Plains is now one of the largest grain, meat and natural gas producing regions in the United States. As a consequence of these and other human activities, such as... (Read More)

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An Introduction to CRAVe: A Climate Registry for the Assessment of Vulnerability
  • Speaker: Robin O'Malley and Laura Thompson
  • Affiliation: USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center
  • Tuesday, June 23, 2015,

The Climate Registry for the Assessment of Vulnerability (CRAVe) is a new web-based community resource that houses information on assessments of the vulnerability of various natural and human resources to a... (Read More)

Using State-and-Transition Simulation Models to Guide Sustainable Management of Ecosystems: Three Case Studies from across the US
  • Speaker: Jennifer Costanza, Megan Creutzburg*, Brian Miller**
  • Affiliation: NC State University, *Portland State University, **Colorado State University
  • Thursday, May 7, 2015,

Sustainable management of natural resources under competing demands is challenging, particularly when facing novel and uncertain future climatic conditions. Meeting this challenge requires considering information... (Read More)

Assessing the Relative Resilience Potential of Coral Reefs to Inform Management in the Northern Mariana Islands
  • Speaker: Jeff Maynard
  • Affiliation: Marine Applied Research Center, Wilmington, NC
  • Thursday, April 16, 2015,

Reducing coral reef vulnerability to climate change requires that managers understand and support the natural resilience of coral reefs. To assist these managers, a team of researchers, supported by the Pacific... (Read More)

Bull Trout
Rangewide Climate Vulnerability Assessment for Threatened Bull Trout
  • Speaker: Jason Dunham
  • Affiliation: USGS Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center
  • Tuesday, March 10, 2015,

Bull trout is the most cold-adapted fish in freshwaters of the Pacific Northwest.  The species is listed as threatened under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, but climate change may place the species at further risk... (Read More)

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Predicting Climate Change Impacts on Aquatic Ecosystems across the Pacific Northwest
  • Speaker: Clint C Muhlfeld
  • Affiliation: USGS, Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center, Glacier National Park
  • Tuesday, December 2, 2014,

Trout and salmon populations, which play a critical role in many ecosystems and economies, have dramatically declined in the Pacific Northwest (PNW) due to habitat degradation and fragmentation and introductions of... (Read More)

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Climate Change and Federal Land Management: Assessing Priorities Using a Social Network Approach
  • Speaker: Mark Schwartz
  • Affiliation: University of California, Davis
  • Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

Many federal agencies are currently striving to plan for climate change adaptation.  Researchers for this project explored 1) the degree to which federal resource managers believe that climate change adaptation is... (Read More)

Climate Change Vulnerability of Native Americans in the Southwest: A Case Study of Tribal Climate Adaptation Among the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe
  • Speaker: Karletta Chief and Schuyler Chew
  • Affiliation: University of Arizona
  • Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

Native American tribes throughout the Southwest are vulnerable to climate change due to intimate relationships with the environments and landscapes upon which their cultures, traditions, and livelihoods depend. The... (Read More)

Extreme Climate Events and Species Population Dynamics: Overriding Influence or Not Such a Big Deal?
  • Speaker: Keith H. Nislow
  • Affiliation: USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station and U of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 3:00 PM EDT

Extreme events (floods, droughts, and fires) have a high public profile and changes in their frequency, magnitude, and duration have been linked to changes in climate.  For species populations, these events are often... (Read More)

Development of a Global Change Monitoring Portal: Pilot Project for the Southeastern US
  • Speaker: Cari S. Furiness
  • Affiliation: North Carolina State University
  • Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

A significant challenge faced by climate scientists and land managers in the public and private sectors is the need for reliable and complete information about the status of ecosystem components (e.g. air, land,... (Read More)

Climate Change, Mountain Pine Beetles, and Whitebark Pine Forests of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
  • Speaker: Polly C. Buotte
  • Affiliation: University of Idaho
  • Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 3:00 PM EDT

Whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis) is an important, high-elevation tree species that provides critical habitat for wildlife and supplies valued ecosystem services.  These trees currently face multiple threats... (Read More)

Sea-level Rise Modeling Handbook: Resource Guide for Coastal Land Managers, Engineers, and Scientists
  • Speaker: Thomas W. Doyle
  • Affiliation: USGS National Wetlands Research Center, Lafayette, LA
  • Tuesday, July 1, 2014, 3:00 PM EDT

A sea-level rise modeling handbook has been developed as a natural resource manager’s guide of the science and simulation models for understanding the dynamics and impacts of sea-level rise on our coastal... (Read More)

Ungulates and Climate Change: an Examination of the Potential Impacts
  • Speaker: Matthew Kauffman
  • Affiliation: USGS Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
  • Thursday, May 15, 2014, 2:00 PM EST

The influence of climate change on migratory ungulates of the Rocky Mountains remains uncertain.  As climate change leads to advancing phenology, trophic mismatches can occur when migratory... (Read More)

Integrated Scenarios of the Future Northwest Environment
  • Speaker: Philip Mote
  • Affiliation: Oregon Climate Change Research Institute, Oregon State University
  • Thursday, April 3, 2014, 2:00 PM EST

As scientists strive to understand and predict the effects of climate change on the Northwest's fish, wildlife, hydrology, and ecosystem services, a foundational piece of knowledge they require is how the climate,... (Read More)

Climate-sensitive, Insular Ecosystems of the Southeastern U.S.: The State of the Science and a Case Study of Limestone Cedar Glades in the Central Basin of Tennessee
  • Speaker: Jennifer Cartwright
  • Affiliation: USGS Tennessee Water Science Center
  • Wednesday, February 19, 2014, 3:30 PM EST

In the Southeastern U.S., “insular ecosystems” may be particularly vulnerable to ecological effects from climate change. These insular ecosystems share a few key biogeographic characteristics: (1) occurrences that... (Read More)

The USA National Phenology Network: Informing Science, Conservation and Resource Management
  • Speaker: Jake Weltzin
  • Affiliation: U.S. Geological Survey; USA National Phenology Network
  • Tuesday, January 28, 2014, 3:30 PM EST

The USA National Phenology Network (USA-NPN; serves science and society by promoting a broad understanding of plant and animal phenology and the relationships among... (Read More)

Application of High Resolution Climate Models to Benefit Avian Conservation in the Prairie Pothole Region, Northern Great Plains
  • Speaker: Susan Skagen*, John Stamm*, Valerie Steen**
  • Affiliation: *U.S. Geological Survey, **Colorado State University
  • Thursday, December 12, 2013, 3:00 PM EST

The Prairie Pothole Region (PPR) contains millions of small prairie wetlands that provide critical habitat to migrating and breeding birds. To examine potential effects of climate change on birds of the U.S. PPR, we... (Read More)

Predicted Climate Change Effects on Fisheries Habitat and Production in the Great Lakes
  • Speaker: David "Bo" Bunnell
  • Affiliation: USGS Great Lakes Science Center
  • Tuesday, November 19, 2013, 3:00 PM EST

Great Lakes fishery managers and stakeholders have little information regarding how climate change could affect the management of recreationally and commercially important fisheries, which have been valued at more... (Read More)

Historical Trends in Summer Precipitation, Baseflows, and Stormflows in New England and Projections of Seasonal Streamflows for Coastal Streams in Maine
  • Speaker: Robert Dudley and Glenn Hodgkins
  • Affiliation: USGS Maine Office, New England Water Science Center
  • Thursday, November 7, 2013, 3:30 PM EST

USGS has documented historical trends (1950-2006) toward increasing summer precipitation, baseflows, and stormflows for unregulated streams in much of New England. Increases were large (>20%) in many places, and... (Read More)

Bringing Order to Chaos: ScienceBase and Other Project Lifecycle Tools
  • Speaker: Emily Fort
  • Affiliation: USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center
  • Thursday, September 5, 2013, 3:30 PM EST

The National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC) is managing activities at 8 regional Climate Science Centers (CSCs), each of whom fund multiple projects annually and coordinate with many stakeholders... (Read More)

Relationships among Climate, Water Quality and Toxic Blooms of Golden Alga in Texas
  • Speaker: Reynaldo Patino
  • Affiliation: USGS Texas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
  • Tuesday, July 30, 2013, 3:30 PM EST

Changes in air temperature and precipitation patterns associated with global climate change are anticipated to regionally affect the quality and quantity of inland surface waters and consequently their suitability as... (Read More)

Can Camouflage Keep up With Climate Change? White Hares on Brown Snowless Backgrounds as a Model to Study Adaptation to Climate Stress
  • Speaker: L. Scott Mills
  • Affiliation: University of Montana
  • Tuesday, July 9, 2013, 3:00 PM EST

One of the most important scientific questions for wildlife management in the face of climate change is whether animals will be able to locally adapt, allowing them to persist in place without need for corridors or... (Read More)

A Mammal's Take On The Rapture Hypothesis, Jacob's Ladder, And Other Notions Of Doom, Gloom, And Predictable Uniform Change In High Elevation Ecosystems In The Sierra Nevada Range Part 1
  • Speaker: Robert Klinger
  • Affiliation: USGS Western Ecological Research Center
  • Tuesday, June 11, 2013, 3:00 PM EST

It is often assumed that warming temperatures and altered precipitation patterns will lead to loss or alteration of habitat for many alpine mammal species, ultimately resulting in decreased range, lower abundance,... (Read More)

Impacts of Climate Change and Melting Glaciers on Coastal Ecosystems in the Nearshore Waters of the Gulf of Alaska
  • Speaker: John Crusius
  • Affiliation: USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program
  • Thursday, May 30, 2013, 2:30 PM EST

The northern Gulf of Alaska (GoA) maintains a productive ecosystem, with commercially important fisheries.  Virtually all of the many glaciers that line the northern GoA coast are retreating, yet the impacts on the... (Read More)

Fish Habitat and Climate Change: A Coarse Scale National Assessment with Finer Scale Assessment of Midwestern Streams and Lakes
  • Speaker: Yin-Phan Tsang*, Damon Krueger*, Bill Herb**
  • Affiliation: *Michigan State University, **University of Minnesota-Duluth
  • Thursday, May 9, 2013, 2:30 PM EST

This webinar is Part 2 in a set of two presentations. Part 1 was held on Thursday, April 11.  The effects of climate change on fish habitat will... (Read More)

From Icefield to Ocean: Impacts of Glacier Change in Alaska
  • Speaker: Shad O'Neel* and Eran Hood**
  • Affiliation: *USGS Alaska Science Center, **University of Alaska Southeast
  • Thursday, April 25, 2013, 3:30 PM EST

Mountains ringing the Gulf of Alaska host large maritime glaciers that are experiencing some of the highest rates of volume loss on Earth.  These rapidly changing glaciers demonstrate tight physical and ecological... (Read More)

Fish Habitat and Climate Change: Implications for the Desert Southwest, Midwestern Smallmouth Bass, and Eastern Brook Trout
  • Speaker: Joanna Whittier*, Craig Paukert**, Tyrell Deweber***
  • Affiliation: *University of Missouri, **Missouri CFWRU, ***Penn State University
  • Thursday, April 11, 2013, 2:30 PM EST

This webinar is Part 1 in a set of two presentations. Part 2 was held on Thursday, May 9. The effects of climate change on freshwater fishes and... (Read More)

Breaking Traditional Barriers to Model Climate Change and Land Use Impacts on Freshwater Mussels
  • Speaker: Thomas Kwak
  • Affiliation: North Carolina Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit, NC State University
  • Tuesday, March 26, 2013, 3:00 PM EST

Global declines in the abundance and diversity of freshwater mussels have been attributed to a wide array of human activities that cause pollution, water-quality degradation, and habitat destruction.  These... (Read More)

Preliminary Results from “La Florida” - A Land of Flowers on a Latitude of Deserts
  • Speaker: Thomas Smith
  • Affiliation: Southeast Ecological Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey
  • Wednesday, February 27, 2013, 3:30 PM EST

In this project we down-scaled three global climate models to a regional scale for the southeast United States.  The three GCMs were the Community Climate System Model v3.0, the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory... (Read More)

Providing the Science for Natural and Cultural Resource Adaptation to Climate Change
  • Speaker: Shawn Carter
  • Affiliation: USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center
  • Thursday, January 24, 2013, 2:00 PM EST

The U.S. Geological Survey’s National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC) works to provide natural resource managers with the scientific tools and information they need to develop and execute... (Read More)

The Potential Influence of Changing Climate on the Persistence of Rocky Mountain Native Salmonids: What Information Will We Need to Manage for the Future?
  • Speaker: Jeffrey Kershner, Steven Hostetler
  • Affiliation: USGS Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center, USGS National Research Program
  • Tuesday, November 13, 2012, 3:00 PM EST

Bioclimatic models predict large reductions in native trout across the Rocky Mountains this century but lack specific details regarding how this change will occur. This project addresses the need for more complete... (Read More)

Predicting Climate Change Threats to Estuaries in the Pacific Northwest
  • Speaker: Deborah Reusser
  • Affiliation: Western Fisheries Research Center
  • Thursday, October 25, 2012, 4:00 PM EST

Pacific Northwest estuaries offer a diversity of habitats critical to fish and fowl. Global climate change and sea-level rise will have profound effects on estuarine fish, shellfish and wildlife populations and their... (Read More)

Downscaling climate change models to local site conditions: effects of sea-level rise and extreme events on coastal habitats and their wildlife
  • Speaker: John Takekawa
  • Affiliation: Western Ecological Research Center
  • Thursday, September 27, 2012, 3:00 PM EST

Coastal land managers are faced with many challenges and uncertainties in planning adaptive strategies for conserving coastal habitats at the land-sea interface under future climate change scenarios.  As transitional... (Read More)

Geo Data Portal: Translating Climate Data for Geographic Analysis
  • Speaker: Nathaniel Booth and Adam Terando
  • Affiliation: CIDA, NCSU
  • Wednesday, August 29, 2012, 3:00 PM EST

Landscape studies of climate change impacts often require a large range of data products and processing. The Geo Data Portal (GDP) was developed with support from the NCCWSC in response to the wide practice in... (Read More)