NOROCK EcoLunch Seminar Series

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NOROCK EcoLunch is a forum for students, researchers, visiting scientists and collaborators in the environmental sciences to present their current and past work. Presentations will range from brown bag discussions of ongoing projects to more formal and polished seminar presentations. 

Erik Beever
Erik Beever in the Great Basin.(Public domain.)

Date: Tuesday,  March 21st

Time:  12 p.m.  Mountain Time

Presenter: Erik Beever, USGS

Title:  Investigating patterns of vulnerability and adaptive capacity to global change
Abstract: The paleorecord suggests that numerous species have persisted through several mass-extinction events associated with glacial-interglacial cycles.  Sharp increases in predicted rate of temperature change through 2100 have been suggested to be 10,000-100,000 times faster than the rate of niche evolution observed in the paleorecord; however, both paleo- and contemporary species responses to climatic variability have been very diverse.  Results of 23 years of recent and ongoing research on a climate-sensitive montane mammal (the American pika) illustrate numerous take-home messages of how species are responding to contemporary global change – both in terms of local distributional losses and of surprising exceptions to the 'rules'.  Beever will use examples from across Idaho, the hydrographic Great Basin, and the western USA to illustrate weather-stress and refugial dynamics at multiple scales. Fundamental to all this work – because it is the key to informing climate-adaptation management and conservation actions – is research into how and why species and communities are responding.  Without such understanding of mechanisms, management and conservation of natural resources in an era of global change may be relegated to trial and error.  He will end with a brief synopsis of the taxonomic, climatic, geographic, and life-history contexts in which species have exhibited behavioral ability to accommodate acute and chronic weather stresses.  



Location: First Floor Conference Room "Madison Room"- NOROCK, 2327 University Way, Suite 2.  (Click HERE for directions)

Webinar Info:

If you can not attend in person, you can still listen and watch from afar!

Link: Please access and search for (5) NOROCK EcoLunch. Note, you will be asked to install the latest version of Java.

Teleconference: 1-855-547-8255
Conference security code: 39510029

EcoLunch Spring 2017 Schedule: 

March 21 - Erik Beever, Research Ecologist, USGS 

April 4 - Paul Cross, Research Ecologist, USGS 

April 18 - Meghan Halabisky, PhD student, University of Washington

May 2 - Nate Mikle, Biologist, USGS