Candidate for the
John B. Orr Endowed Chair in Environmental Plant Sciences
will present a seminar
CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION AND FIRE MANAGEMENT IN THE SOUTHERN SIERRA NEVADA: TRANSLATING SCIENCE INTO MANAGEMENT
Thursday, October 17, 2013
1322 Storer Hall
SUMMARY: Federal land management agencies are currently developing climate change adaptation strategies. Within the Sierra Nevada, 20th century land management practices, climate change and fire interact, creating an environment where modeling of climate change impacts on biological features may play a strong role in this adaptation planning. Research ecologists continue to develop more sophisticated species distribution, vegetation and fire models projecting future change. But is more sophisticated modeling what these managers want or need? Integrating ecological projection models into resource management decisions continues to be a challenge. I report on a multi-year, multi-institution collaborative effort with Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks to develop regional resource management priorities that integrate future vegetation and fire projections into resource planning. My proposed Orr Chair activities focus on developing venues for student training resource management decision making and activities that integrate students into resource management decision processes.