Projects By Category: Population and Habitat Evaluation or Projection

Landscape Conservation Cooperatives use a collaborative approach to identify landscape-scale conservation solutions. LCCs work across jurisdictional and political boundaries to work with partners to: meet unfilled conservation needs, develop decision support tools, share data and knowledge and facilitate and foster partnerships.

As part of a shared science strategy, LCCs coordinate closely with the National Climate Change and Wildlife Center and the eight regional Climate Science Centers as well as Migratory Bird Joint Ventures and National Fish Habitat Partnerships across North America.

  • Gulf Coast Prairie LCC

Submersed aquatic vegetation, a critical component of highly productive coastal ecosystems, is greatly affected by sea level rise.

  • Eastern Tallgrass Prairie and Big Rivers LCC

The goal of the project is to determine biodiversity impacts of land restoration associated with
clean and renewable energy development; specifically, natural gas production through
anaerobic digestion of hog manure and native plant material, as being forwarded by Roeslein

  • South Atlantic LCC

This proposal outlines a collaborative regional effort to build a South Atlantic Ecosystem Model that will facilitate the connection of inland and coastal marine management strategies and actions to potential resource and economic impacts in estuarine and coastal marine environments, with the fol

  • Great Plains LCC

Stopover use by migrating shorebirds is affected by patch-level characteristics of habitat, but the relative influence of broadscale  factors is poorly understood.

  • Desert LCC

There are few resources that provide managers cross-scale information for planning climate adaptation strategies for species and taxa at risk. Appropriate allocation of resources requires an understanding of mechanisms influencing a species’ risk to global change. Dr.

  • Eastern Tallgrass Prairie and Big Rivers LCC

A native grass/forb field trial/research planting to identify the best mixture of native grasses and forbs that optimize native plant diversity, ecological benefits, and biomass yield for anaerobic digestion is necessary as a proof-of-concept.

  • Eastern Tallgrass Prairie and Big Rivers LCC

In 2015-2016, the City of St. Louis proposes to partner with several local stakeholders to expand Milkweeds for Monarchs: The St. Louis Butterfly Project (M4M) using targeted education and outreach to City schools and neighborhoods. The Missouri Botanical Garden and St.

  • Gulf Coast Prairie LCC

Habitat loss and degradation due to urban expansion and other human activities have raised concerns for the Western Gulf Coast Mottled Duck population. This species relies on tidal, palustrine, and agricultural wetlands as well as grasslands for all of its life cycle needs.

  • Gulf Coast Prairie LCC

Flow alteration -- from new and existing water supply projects, increased urbanization, and drought conditions -- is a pervasive threat to aquatic wildlife throughout the Gulf Coast Prairie region.  One species susceptible to this threat is Guadalupe Bass, an economically and ecologically importa

  • Gulf Coast Prairie LCC

Alligator Gar, Atractosteus spatula, is an iconic species native to lowland floodplain river systems where they play an important role as top predators and by linking landscapes through their movement. Alligator Gar is also an important native fisheries species in the Trinity River.

  • Gulf Coast Prairie LCC

The southeast United States’ rivers and streams support the most diverse unionid (freshwater mussel) fauna on earth.  These species are a focus of the GCP LCC because their sensitivity to habitat degradation, fish community changes, and changes in water quality and quantity make them akin to the

  • Eastern Tallgrass Prairie and Big Rivers LCC

This project proposes development of a spatial decision support system (DSS) designed to address an identified major conservation goal of the Eastern Tallgrass Prairie and Big Rivers Landscape Conservation Cooperative (ETPBR LCC), in collaboration with adjacent LCCs in the Midwestern U.S.

  • Western Alaska LCC

Storm tides can influence salinity concentrations of ponds on Kigigak Island, which can affect the breeding population of Spectacled Eider found there. This project will expand instrumentation currently collecting data related to pond water levels and salinities, and tidal dynamics.

  • Western Alaska LCC

This project investigates the variability in size and annual growth of juvenile Chinook across western Alaska, the association of juvenile Chinook size or annual growth with stream temperature gradients, and whether expected water temperature changes will affect juvenile Chinook habitat suitabili

  • Western Alaska LCC

By combining analyses of data from two large lake systems in the Kvichak watershed, laboratory rearing experiments to elucidate functional relationships, and simulation modeling, this project quantifies biological responses to changing freshwater temperature in sockeye salmon in western Alaska.

  • Western Alaska LCC

To evaluate the potential impacts of changes on waterbird habitat due to climate change, this project examines historic responses of water birds to storm surges on the Y-K Delta by examining waterbird distribution and breeding parameters before and after coastal storm surges between 1985 and 2012

  • Upper Midwest and Great Lakes LCC

Mayflies (Ephemeroptera), stoneflies (Plecoptera), and caddisflies (Trichoptera) (a.k.a. EPT taxa) are the most environmentally sensitive of freshwater insects. They are utilized the world over as indicators of water quality in flowing waters.

  • Western Alaska LCC

Mid-winter icing events have the potential to lead to population declines of caribou due to restricted access to forage.

  • Western Alaska LCC

This project develops a modeling framework that integrates the driving components for and the interactions among disturbance regimes, permafrost dynamics, hydrology, and vegetation succession/migration for the state of Alaska.

  • Western Alaska LCC

Caribou in southwest Alaska are an important subsistence resource and a potential indicator of ecosystem function. Understanding caribou population declines requires understanding tundra dynamics and habitat quality. This project will establish baseline information on population.

  • Western Alaska LCC

This project will expand an existing fine-scale storm surge model for the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta. Results will be used to examine the relationship between storm floods and temporal changes in waterbird abundance and nesting locations.

  • South Atlantic LCC

This project: 1) Maps out current and future levels of habitat connectivity in the South Atlantic region, from the standpoint of multiple groups of terrestrial wildlife species and 2) Prioritizes key corridors and linkage areas based on their relative importance and centrality within the overall

  • Pacific Islands LCC

Climate variability will likely have important effects on the future of marine ecosystems and may present a significant challenge for marine top predators.

  • Pacific Islands LCC

This endeavor will provide datasets and information in support of the PIRCA, the first comprehensive climate assessment of the Pacific Islands region. Specific work includes climatological and time series data for Wind, Currents, Waves, SST, Chlorophyll, and PAR at each of the U.S.

  • Pacific Islands LCC

This endeavor establishes an iterative process to produce the first comprehensive climate assessment of the Pacific Islands region, resulting both in a stand-alone report and the content of the Pacific Islands regional chapter for the 2013 National Climate Assessment.

  • Pacific Islands LCC

Ensembles of corrected IPCC AR5 climate models will be used to project SST, pCO2, and salinity in the insular Pacific. Projections of coral bleaching risk and aragonite saturation state will be used to project years for all reef locations beyond which reefs are likely to rapidly degrade.

  • Pacific Islands LCC

Will determine patterns and causes of recent population declines in the Haleakala silversword associated with observed climate changes in Hawaii's high-elevation ecosystems.

  • Pacific Islands LCC

One common way to conduct species vulnerability assessments (VA) to climate change (CC) is to model species distributions and predict CC-related range shifts.

  • Pacific Islands LCC

The objective of this experimental research is to determine if genetic enrichment may enhance survival, growth, and adaptation of important native Hawaiian montane plant species to changing precipitation patterns by relocating conspecifics to more favorable climate regimes at higher elevation.

  • Pacific Islands LCC

Past analysis has shown that temperature-dependent avian malaria is likely to reduce overall available Hawaiian forest bird habitat with temperature increases.

  • Pacific Islands LCC

This project will conduct numerical climate change projection experiments for Hawaii through development and application of a nested regional atmospheric modeling system with high resolution over limited areas.

  • Plains and Prairie Potholes LCC

This project will develop a landscape dynamics model to project future (e.g., 25, 50, 100 yrs) trends in cottonwood forest area and age distribution for four remnant floodplain reaches on the Missouri River, based on recent rates (or alternative scenarios) of land use change, cottonwood recruitme

  • Pacific Islands LCC

Project will identify exposure of coastal native ecosystems by mapping potential impacts, thus allowing for an assessment of ecosystem vulnerability.

  • Pacific Islands LCC

Based on success at reversing coral bleaching in a small-scale cooling experiment, this project will explore methods to scale up cooling to larger areas, using water pumps to pump cool water from deep areas off the edge of the reef.

  • Pacific Islands LCC

This project will build on existing experience with statistical downscaling methods to derive comprehensive estimates of the future rainfall changes over the Hawaiian Islands for the mid and late 21st century (2046-2065 and 2080-2100, respectively).

  • Pacific Islands LCC

This project evaluates several tools for predicting survival from infection with avian malaria by Hawaii amakihi. Impending loss from global warming of high elevation, disease-free refugia for forest birds is one of the most significant threats facing Hawaii's imperiled avifauna.

  • Pacific Islands LCC

This project will predict future distributions of cloud forests and species across high mountain ecosystems in Hawaii, which are experiencing rapid rates of climate change.

  • Pacific Islands LCC

This project develops equations describing changes in coral growth rates in response to increased temperature and ocean acidification. These data are necessary for developing and refining models evaluating the future impact of climate change on Pacific coral reef communities.

  • Pacific Islands LCC

This project models bird species' responses to long-term and large-scale landscape change on Pohnpei Island, Federated States of Micronesia.

  • Pacific Islands LCC

Only one Hawaiian tree, mamane, has annual growth rings trees that can be used in reconstructing Hawaii precipitation over the past 100+ years.

  • North Pacific LCC

A conservation and restoration priorities tool will be developed that will provide online access to regional information including: climate change projections, watershed condition, freshwater and terrestrial species, forest ecosystem information and invasive species information.

  • North Pacific LCC

Hydrologic projections will be developed for diverse wetland habitats in the Pacific Northwest for the 2020s, 2040s and 2080s, which can be used to support ecological and landscape-based vulnerability assessments and climate adaptation planning.

  • North Pacific LCC

This project will evaluate the impacts of future climate change scenarios on the survival and viability of Pacific lamprey and Pacific Eulachon populations that are used as food sources by the Native American tribes of the Columbia River Basin and the coastal areas of Washington and Oregon.

  • Peninsular Florida LCC

During 2015,Dr. Romanach will provide support for linking a number of projects with the Peninsular Florida landscape Conservation Cooperatives (PFLCC) tools.

  • North Pacific LCC

Baseline information required to assess sea-level rise impacts to marsh habitats will be compiled. The project will provide relevant information to local managers that are key components to long-term monitoring to understand ecosystem responses to sea-level rise and storms.

  • North Pacific LCC

Current and future north Pacific bird distribution and abundance will be modeled and used to create an interactive conservation tool.

  • North Atlantic LCC

This project updated the Northeast Terrestrial Habitat Map by remapping the Virginia coastal plain and piedmont.

  • North Pacific LCC

The primary objective of the research is to develop a rule-based decision support system to predict the relative vulnerability of nearshore species to climate change.

  • North Atlantic LCC

Landscape permeability, also referred to as "habitat connectivity," is the ability of a diverse land area to provide for passage of animals. This project is evaluating and mapping landscape permeability across the 13 state Northeast region.

  • North Atlantic LCC

This project integrated NOAA and NatureServe's Coastal and Marine Ecological Classification Standard (CMECS) and the Nature Conservancy and NatureServe's Northeast Regional Habitat Classification System (NRHCS) in order to extend the latter system to estuarine and marine environments fr