Monday, August 3, 2009: 1:30 PM-5:00 PM
Aztec, Albuquerque Convention Center
OOS 6 - Climate Change Science in Conservation Planning
Presentations in this session will show how climate change science can be effectively used in conservation planning. Down-scaled climate models, long-term monitoring and experimental manipulations produce scenarios that can guide land and conservation planning. While future climate scenarios are not without uncertainty and other caveats, they can be used to develop hypothesis that ecologists can use to design more effective monitoring and assessment programs that capture climate change impacts, as well as the cumulative effects of other natural and human caused actions on ecosystems. Speakers invited to participate in this symposium are working at the forefront of integrating climate change science into public policy concerns about sustainable management of natural resources and species of concern. Using the latest techniques and theories, the ecologists presenting in this session are pioneering ideas to help guide conservation planning decisions that could make the difference between extinction or sustainability for many species. Most of the speakers have been working in collaborative partnerships, representing true examples of interdisciplinary approaches to ecology and conservation. The diversity of speakers will attract an interdisciplinary audience, including scientists from academia, non-governmental organizations, land management agencies, teachers, science communicators and many others who work on the front lines of conservation. We hope that this session will attract young scientists drawn to ecology because of their concern for the environment, and show how science can make a difference.
Organizer:Wendy M. Loya, The Wilderness Society
Moderator:Thomas H. DeLuca, The Wilderness Society
1:30 PMClimateWizard: Analyzing and mapping downscaled climate models over the internet
Evan H. Girvetz, University of Washington, Chris Zganjar, The Nature Conservancy, George Raber, University of Southern Mississippi, Peter Kareiva, The Nature Conservancy, Joshua J. Lawler, University of Washington
1:50 PMPlanning for natural resource conservation and management as climate changes: Overcoming the paralysis of uncertainty
Molly S. Cross, Wildlife Conservation Society
2:10 PMApplication of an integrated climate change assessment and adaptation framework for conservation planning and management in the southwestern USA
Carolyn A.F. Enquist, The Nature Conservancy, David F. Gori, The Nature Conservancy, Molly S. Cross, Wildlife Conservation Society, Evan H. Girvetz, University of Washington
2:30 PMAdaptation on and offshore:  Getting on with it
Lara J. Hansen, EcoAdapt, Jennie R. Hoffman, EcoAdapt, Eric E. Mielbrecht, EcoAdapt
2:50 PMManaging public lands and resources to accommodate climate change
Brad Griffith, University of Alaska Fairbanks, J. Michael Scott, University of Idaho
3:10 PMBreak
3:20 PMUsing down-scaled climate models to guide conservation planning in Alaska
Wendy M. Loya, The Wilderness Society, Brendan O'Brien, The Wilderness Society, Anna L. Springsteen, University of Alaska Fairbanks
3:40 PMConnecting Alaskan landscapes into the future
John M. Morton, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Karen A. Murphy, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Falk Huettmann, University of Alaska, Nancy Fresco, University of Alaska
4:00 PMRegional implications of climate change: Summer stream discharge trends in the Northern Rockies
Jason Leppi, University of Montana, Thomas H. DeLuca, The Wilderness Society, Steve W. Running, University of Montana; Numerical Terradynamics Simulation Group
4:20 PMAssessing species sensitivity to climate change in a projected hot spot
Cameron W. Barrows, University of California at Riverside
4:40 PMThe missing link: Climate is associated with chytrid-related amphibian declines and affects frog susceptibility to chytridiomycosis
Jason R. Rohr, University of South Florida, Thomas R. Raffel, University of South Florida, John M. Romanisc, University of South Florida, Neal Halstead, University of South Florida

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