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Scientists from the Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center capitalize on their diverse expertise to answer scientific questions shaped by the environments of the western United States. We collaborate with each other and with partners to provide rigorous, objective, and timely information and guidance for the management and conservation of biological systems in the West and worldwide. 

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FRESC scientists, individually or collaboratively with partners, investigate high-priority questions about biological systems.

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Date published: August 2, 2019

Application of Multiple-Population Viability Analysis to Evaluate Species Recovery Alternatives

A recently developed method of multiple population viability analysis (MPVA) addresses many limitations of traditional PVA.

Date published: August 2, 2019

Decision Analysis for the Reintroduction of Bull Trout into the Lower Pend Oreille River, Washington

Structured decision making can help identify realistic objectives and management alternatives to species reintroduction using a quantitative modeling framework.

Date published: August 2, 2019

The Wildlife Society Magazine Article Addresses Climate Sensitivity of Overlooked Species

Research from a recently published study in Biological Conservation is the topic of an upcoming article in a magazine of The Wildlife Society, covering important news and trends in the wildlife profession.

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Decision analysis for the reintroduction of Bull Trout into the lower Pend Oreille River, Washington

The decision to reintroduce a species can be difficult owing to conflicting opinions and objectives, as well as uncertainty of the outcome. Structured decision making addresses these considerations by identifying realistic fundamental objectives and building achievable management alternatives, within a quantitative modeling framework. The process...

Benjamin, Joseph R.; Brignon, William R.; Dunham, Jason B.

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Climate vulnerability assessment for Pacific salmon and steelhead in the California Current Large Marine Ecosystem

Major ecological realignments are already occurring in response to climate change. To be successful, conservation strategies now need to account for geographical patterns in traits sensitive to climate change, as well as climate threats to species-level diversity. As part of an effort to provide such information, we conducted a climate...

Crozier, Lisa G; McClure, Michelle M; Beechie, Tim J.; Bograd, Steven J.; Boughton, David A.; Carr, Mark H.; Cooney, Thomas D.; Dunham, Jason B.; Greene, Correigh M.; Haltuch, Melissa A; Hazen, Elliott L; Holzer, Damon M; Huff, David D.; Johnson, Rachel C.; Jordan, Chris E; Kaplan, Issac C; Lindley, Steven T; Mantua, Nathan J; Moyle, Peter B.; Myers, James M; Nelson, Mark W; Spence, Brian C; Weitkamp, Laurie A.; Williams, Thomas H.; Willis-Norton, Ellen
Crozier LG, McClure MM, Beechie T, Bograd SJ, Boughton DA, Carr M, et al. (2019) Climate vulnerability assessment for Pacific salmon and steelhead in the California Current Large Marine Ecosystem. PLoS ONE 14(7): e0217711. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0217711

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Application of multiple-population viability analysis to evaluate species recovery alternatives

Population viability analysis (PVA) is a powerful conservation tool, but one that remains unapproachable for many species. This is particularly true for species with multiple, broadly-distributed populations for which collecting suitable data can be challenging. A recently-developed method of multiple population viability analysis (MPVA),...

Neville, Helen M.; Leasure, Douglas R.; Dauwalter, Daniel C.; Dunham, Jason B.; Bjork, Robin; Fesenmyer, Kurt A.; Chelgren, Nathan; Peacock, Mary M.; Luce, Charles H; Isaak, Daniel J.; Carranza, Lee Ann; Sjoberg, Jon; Wengerd, Seth J.