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Webinar: Framework for Evaluating Multiple Species’ Vulnerability Regional Scales

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Thursday, 22 September 2016, 3:00

Thursday, September 22, 2016. 3:00 PM. Webinar: Framework for Evaluating Multiple Species’ Vulnerability Regional Scales. Meryl Mims, U.S. Geological Survey. Sponsored by U.S. Geological Survey. More information here.


Frameworks for evaluating the vulnerability of multiple species to decline or extinction are increasingly needed by state and local agencies that are tasked with managing many species at once. USGS researchers in the northwest U.S. are looking at rarity- and traits-based classifications of sensitivity, a fundamental component of vulnerability, for freshwater fishes, amphibians, and reptiles native to the state of Oregon. They have evaluated species-level rarity classifications across a large spectrum of geographic range sizes and climate sensitivity. Their results suggest that a combination of rarity and traits-based classifications offer a promising foundation for regional multispecies conservation planning, particularly for data-limited taxa. Specifically, this framework can identify focal species for monitoring and highlight priority species for which exposure to climate change and other threats should be assessed.

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