Friday's Findings - September 4 2020

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Using the past to inform management today: insights from the Genetics for Western Restoration and Conservation (GWRC) research group

Date: September 4, 2020 from 2-2:30 p.m. eastern time

Speakers: Rob Massatti, Daniel Winkler, and Matt Jones, USGS Southwest Biological Science Center

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Conference ID: 387 327 121#

 

Colorado Plateau native plant community

Colorado Plateau native plant community dominated by globe mallow (Sphaeralcea parvifolia), Indian ricegrass (Achnatherum hymenoides), and sand dropseed (Sporobolus cryptandrus)west of Los Lunas, New Mexico.

(Credit: Rob Massatti, USGS. Public domain.)

Summary: The western United States encompasses dynamic landscapes that span tremendous climatological and ecological gradients. Especially across lower elevations, landscapes are hot, dry, and subject to unpredictable precipitation; such drylands dominate the western US and are disproportionately managed by the Department of Interior and other federal agencies. Couple these natural environmental stresses with increasing human pressures, and it is evident that the western US has an ever-increasing need for conservation of existing biological diversity and restoration of natural communities and ecosystem functions that have been degraded or lost. Scientists with the Genetics for Western Restoration and Conservation research group at the Southwest Biological Science Center generate genomic data to investigate the complex suites of factors influencing rare and common species alike. We will highlight examples of our research that provide actionable knowledge to improve restoration and conservation decision-making and support healthy, diverse ecosystems.

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