Oaks and reeds have very different ways of coping with strong winds and other forces, but are also both valued resources. Scientists created a vulnerability scoring system so that managers can identify which species will be more resilient or bounce back and which will be more vulnerable or topple under future climate conditions. Read More »
The Scientists featured in this story are a part of the Grassland, Shrubland, and Desert Ecosystems Program (GSD) of the Rocky Mountain Research Station. They work to develop the science needed to help sustain and restore these valuable ecosystems that face a myriad of threats. Find out more about each of them.
Karen Bagne is a cooperator with the Rocky Mountain Research Station in their Albuquerque Lab. She is a wildlife biologist and studies how wildlife species respond to changes in forest structure. She is also working on species assessments to identify those species most vulnerable to climate change. Find more on Karen's work here.
Dr. Deborah Finch is the program manager of the Rocky Mountain Research Station's Grassland, Shrubland and Desert Ecosystems Science Program. Her interests focus on the ecology and restoration of ecosystems and conservation of species.
By Karen Bagne and Deborah Finch
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