USGS Mendenhall seminar: sea-level rise threats to endangered species

Mendenhall Postdoctoral Research Seminar

Sara Zeigler, USGS – Woods Hole, MA

When: Wednesday, September 14, 2016 – 12 Noon

Where: Via WebEx and National Center, Room 4C315


A multi-disciplinary approach for understanding sea-level rise threats to endangered species (or “Ecologists + Geologists = cool science”)

Managers within DOI and state agencies as well as private conservation organizations are tasked with protecting species reliant on highly dynamic coastal ecosystems – landforms effected by sea-level rise, changing storm regimes, and increasing infrastructure. A multi-disciplinary and multi-stakeholder data collection and analysis approach that can be used to inform conservation and management of species like piping plovers (Charadrius melodus) in these dynamic coastal environments will be described. This approach required collaboration across several DOI agencies and USGS science centers. The speaker will describe a smartphone application developed for data collection (‘iPlover’), Bayesian network models constructed for data analysis, and example applications of the approach for mapping piping plover habitat suitability at sites along the U.S. Atlantic coast. The applications of this approach are broad and will facilitate and increase cooperation among scientists and managers in the efficient conservation of endangered species.

WebEx Info

Topic: Mendenhall Presentation by Dr. Sara Zeigle
Date: Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Time: 11:30 am, Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)
Meeting number: 710 957 575
Meeting password: (This meeting does not require a password.)
Host Key: 385542

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