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A Broader View of Disturbance Refugia in a Changing Climate

Many natural disturbances, like wildfires, which have helped to maintain ecosystem processes and biodiversity in the past, are worsening under climate change and are threatening biodiversity. There is increasing recognition of the role of disturbance refugia — locations disturbed less severely or less frequently than the surrounding landscape — as legacies important to sustaining species under rapid ecological change. 

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Faces of Adaptation: Sean Finn

Sean Finn lives in Boise, Idaho and is a Science Coordinator in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Science Applications Program. Sean’s work mostly involves infusing science into conservation decision-making across large landscapes. 

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Faces of Adaptation: Davia Palmeri

Davia Palmeri is the Conservation Policy Coordinator for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), representing the agency on the NW CASC Stakeholder Advisory Committee. In her role at ODFW, she helps the Department prepare for and respond to crosscutting conservation issues between its fish and wildlife divisions, including climate change, renewable energy development and conservation funding. 

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Lynx on the Edge? Canada Lynx Occupancy in Washington

The Canada lynx (Lynx canadensis) is a sensitive indicator species for impacts of climate change, as it is adapted to forested, high-elevation and deep-snow environments. In Washington, part of its southern range, the endangered Canada lynx is especially threatened by increases in temperature and associated loss of snow cover. 

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New NW CASC Synthesis Explores the Effects of Climate Change on Invasive Species in the Northwest

There is growing concern that changing climate conditions will amplify the negative impacts of non-native invasive species and facilitate their expansion. Despite the potential ecological and economic impacts of invasive species expansions in the Northwest, there has been no comprehensive synthesis on climate change effects on invasive species – until now. 

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Register for NW CASC’s Spring Webinar Series: Early Career Considerations for Co-Producing Actionable Science

The Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center is hosting its spring webinar series focused on early career considerations for co-producing actionable science. This series is designed to help graduate students and postdoctoral scholars engaged in research related to climate adaptation better understand how to (1) incorporate co-production into their work and (2) navigate the range of career pathways available to those interested in spanning the divide between science and decision-making to address urgent environmental challenges. 

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Upcoming UW Panel Event on Science Communication

What is the value of scientists communicating about their own research? How can scientists best partner with communications professionals? University of Washington (UW) Climate Impacts Group and Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center Director Amy Snover, along with several other UW experts, will discuss these questions and more at a UW College of the Environment panel on Wednesday, March 4, 2020.  

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