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ScienceX Webinar Series Archive

The SCIENCEx webinar series brings together scientists and land management experts from across U.S. Forest Service research stations and beyond to explore the latest science and best practices for addressing large natural resource challenges across the country.

These webinars will be primarily management focused, but with applicability for participants from across sectors. SCIENCEx will typically be organized as week-long webinar ‘blitzes’ around salient topics, allowing for deep-dives into subtopics or dynamics within specific geographies.

Here you will find information about previous ScienceX webinars.

SCIENCE x Wildlife Week

SCIENCE x Wildlife: Management Tools

  • Adapting to a changing climate: decision-support tools for co-managing wildlife and livestock on federal rangelands in the Northwest, presented by Anna Maher
  • Biodiversity Conservation, Fire Resilience, and Climate Adaptation: Are we kidding ourselves?, presented by Patricia Manley, Kira Hefty, Katherine Zeller, and Nicholas Povak
  • Applying the Resist-Accept-Direct (RAD) management framework to wildlife habitat and connectivity, presented by Katherine Zeller

SCIENCE x Wildlife: Wildlife in Aquatic Systems

  • Patterns and threats to biological diversity across the United States: Focusing on land use and climate change, presented by Rebecca Flitcroft
  • Using the best available science to measure climate change vulnerability and inform management of aquatic species, presented by D. Max Smith, Katey DriscollMegan Friggens
  • History, habitat, chemistry, climate and catastrophe – ingredients in the recipe for fish production in the Appalachians, presented by Andy Dolloff

SCIENCE x Wildlife: Wildlife in Wetlands

  • Weather, hydroregime, and breeding effort influence juvenile recruitment of anurans: Implications of climate change, presented by Katie Greenberg
  • Changing climate and changing calling phenology of anuran communities, presented by Dan Saenz
  • Can climate adaptive silviculture approaches save the moose in Minnesota?, presented by Deahn Donner

SCIENCE x Wildlife: Pollinators for the Future

  • The lazy lawnmower: A simple way to help native bees, presented by Susannah Lerman
  • Pollinator Partners Across Landscapes (Pollinator PALs), presented by Kasten Dumroese, Deanna Williams
  • Riparian shrubs, ungulates, and climate through the lens of native bees, presented by Mary Rowland, Sandy DeBano

SCIENCE x Wildlife: Focal Species

  • Factors influencing fine-scale space-use by fishers before, during, and after climate-induced tree mortality in the southern Sierra Nevada, presented by Rebecca Green, David Green, Eric McGregor, Kathryn PurcellCraig ThompsonKristine Pilgrim, Sam Wasser, Heath Smith, and Jennifer Hartman

  • Linking robust spatiotemporal datasets to assess and monitor habitat attributes of a threatened species, presented by Chris Witt
  • Mexican spotted owl habitat on tribal and non-tribal lands in the Sacramento Mountains, NM, presented by Serra Hoagland
Science x Water Week

Science x Water: Forests and Water Supply 

  • The role of National Forest System lands streamflow, presented by Charlie Luce
  • From forest to the faucet, linking water from forested lands to water supplies across the conterminous United States, presented by Pete Caldwell
  • Impact of afforestation on groundwater resources in the Mississippi Embayment, presented by Ying Ouyang

Science x Water: Forests and Water Quality

  • Post fire water quality challenges, presented by Chuck Rhoades
  • Climate, silviculture, and environmental policy influence water quality in the Central Appalachians, presented by Ben Rau
  • Maintaining stream flow and function of Pacific Island streams, presented by Richard Mackenzie

Science x Water: Aquatic Life in the Balance

  • High-resolution crowd sourced stream temperature scenarios and climate refuge delineations for aquatic species conservation planning, presented by Dan Isaak, Mike Young, and Mike Schwartz
  • Methods for study of the restoration ecology of juvenile salmon and trout in the Pacific Northwest, presented by Carlos Polivka
  • Disconnected riparian linkages: Consequences for aquatic organisms and management strategies, presented by Sue Eggert

Science x Water: Restoring Hydrologic Systems

  • Effects of extreme precipitation on hydrologic design of road culverts/bridges and stream crossings and their vulnerability assessments on US Forest Service lands, presented by Devendra Amatya
  • Social principles for beaver restoration and their management applications, presented by Susan Charnley
  • Restoring ecological function to montane meadows, presented by Karen Pope 

Science x Water: The Shifting Water Balance

  • Notes from underground: the hydrological underpinnings of drought response across California forests, presented by David Dralle
  • Where's water - now and in the future - in the Western US? Implications for Forest management, presented by Gordon Grant
  • Urban trees and saltwater flooding in coastal cities, presented by Rich Hallett
SCIENCE x Socioeconomic Dimensions of Land Management

SCIENCE x Forest and Rangeland Livelihoods

  • Leveraging demand for renewable energy and innovative bioproducts to facilitate forest restoration, presented by Nate Anderson
  • What happened to wood products markets in 2020 and 2021 in the United States? presented by Jeff Prestemon
  • Managing wolves and livestock on national forests in the West, presented by Susan Charnley

SCIENCE x Protecting Ecosystem Services

  • Human ecology mapping: Capturing diverse forest benefits and landscape interactions for use in planning and decision-making, presented by Lee Cerveny
  • What's a canopy worth? Using i-Tree to understand the value of trees, presented by Alexis Ellis
  • Agroforestry: Tools for working across the landscape, presented by Gary Bentrup, Kate MacFarland, Matthew Smith, Richard Straight

SCIENCE x Bounty Beneath Our Feet

  • Why is biochar so important? presented by Debbie Page-Dumroese
  • Establishing pollinator habitat in log landings after timber sales begins with restoring the soil, presented by John Kabrick
  • Communicating Soil Organic Carbon to Land Managers, presented by Andy Coulter and Stephanie Connolly

SCIENCE x Urban Interfaces

  • A shared stewardship approach to wildland fire mitigation in Eastern Oklahoma, presented by Cassandra Johnson Gaither
  • Guidance for tracking long-term urban tree survival, growth, and health , presented by Natalie van Doorn
  • Consumer demand for urban forest ecosystem services and disservice: Understanding the role of trade-offs and functional traits , presented by Francisco Escobedo

SCIENCE x Getting Outside

  • Managing winter recreation and sensitive species on Colorado’s public lands: Do humans and Canada lynx select the same habitat?, presented by Lucretia Olson
  • Considering the benefits of recreation in program reporting and decision-making, presented by Eric White
  • Valuing the Impacts of Climate Change on Ecosystem Services: An Examination of Recreation in U.S. National Forests , presented by Jose Sanchez
SCIENCE x Climate Change

SCIENCE x Climate Change: Assessing our Future Forests

  • Resources Planning Act (RPA) Assessment: informing forest and grassland management, planning, and regional assessment, presented by Jennifer Costanza
  • Vulnerability assessment tools for setting priorities and identifying management targets, presented by Megan Friggens
  • Identifying climate change vulnerabilities and adaptation options for western U.S. national forests, presented by Jessica Halofsky and David L. Peterson

SCIENCE x Climate Change: Adapting to Future Conditions

  • The Wildlife Adaptation Menu: a new tool for wildlife managers, presented by Stephen Handler
  • Climate adaptive silviculture in an urban floodplain forest, presented by Leslie Brandt
  • The role of climate and landscape change context in shaping forest dynamics, presented by Kristen Emmett

SCIENCE x Climate Change: Modeling Tools for Management

  • Vegetation shifts with climate change: Applying the MC2 model, presented by John Kim
  • Incorporating future forest dynamics under climate change into landscape restoration planning: An application to the Central Sierras, presented by Nick Povak, Patricia Manley, Kristen Wilson
  • TACCIMO/FAMOUS – Connecting forest planning and operation with climate change challenges in the 21st Century, presented by Kelsey Bakken

SCIENCE x Climate Change: Management and Planning Tools

  • Web-based tools for determining seed sources for reforestation and restoration for current and future climates, presented by Brad St. Clair
  • The California seed zone map and post-fire reforestation in a warmer future, presented by Jessica Wright
  • PhenoMap: Providing timely rangeland vegetation assessments in a changing climate, presented by Jacqueline Ott, Charlie Schrader-Patton, Nancy Grulke

SCIENCE x Climate Change: Shifting Life

  • Desired regeneration through assisted migration, presented by Dustin Bronson
  • Projected changes to an Arizona Sky Island are a harbinger of climate-fire effects on other western forests, presented by Kit O'Connor
  • Silvicultural strategies to improve post-fire reforestation success under climate change, presented by Chris Looney
SCIENCE x Post-Disturbance Restoration

SCIENCE x Fire Disturbance 

  • Understanding Post Wildfire Management Effects on Stand Structure and Woody Fuel Loadings, presented by Morris Johnson
  • Where to Intervene in Wildfire-Altered Forests in California, presented by Jonathan Long
  • Fire-Catalyzed Forest Conversions: Causes, Consequences, and Potential Paths Forward, presented by Sean Parks

SCIENCE x Fire Disturbance

  • What Do We Do Now? Extending Forest Restoration to Post-Fire Management in Dry Coniferous Forests, presented by Dave W. Peterson
  • Fire Severity Prediction on the Stanislaus National Forest: Management Implications, presented by Stacy Drury
  • A Demonstration of the Climate Smart Restoration Tool, a User-Friendly Seed Transfer Mapping Tool for Current and Future Climates, presented by Bryce Richardson

SCIENCE x Flood Disturbance and Erosion

  • Dirt Goes Downhill: Predicting and Mitigating Watershed Response After Wildfires, presented by Peter R. Robichaud
  • Impacts of Floods on Forest Restoration and Conservation in the Southern U.S., presented by Ge Sun

SCIENCE x Insect Disturbance 

  • Forest Restoration Following Insect Disturbance in Southeastern Forests, presented by Chris Asaro
  • Near and Long-Term Southern Pine Beetle Outbreak Forecasts: Advances in Forest Science, presented by Steve McNulty
  • Bark Beetles in an Era of Megadisturbance: Reducing Impacts and Facilitating Recovery, presented by Jackson Audley

April 9: SCIENCE x Wind Disturbance 

  • Microtopography and Tree Regen in Northern Hardwoods: Research Results and Ideas for Management, presented by Christel Kern
  • A Primer on Wind Disturbance in Southern Forests: Unanswered Questions and Management Considerations, presented by JT Vogt
  • Silver Linings Playbook: How Windthrow and Salvage Logging can Promote Biodiversity, presented by Alex Royo
Invasive Species Webinars

SCIENCEx Invasive Tree Pests and Pathogens

  • Threats, Impacts, and Management of Invasive Species With Highlights on Developing an Integrated Management Program for Emerald Ash Borer, presented by Therese Poland
  • What is a Hemlock woolly adelgid, and who is eating them? presented by Nathan Havill
  • Forest Health Monitoring for Pests and Pathogens of Trees, presented by Ryan Blaedow

SCIENCEx Invasive Tree Diseases

  • White pine blister rust in a changing climate: investigating complex interactions to develop strategies to restore and sustain mountain-top ecosystems, presented by Anna Schoettle
  • Patterns and Impacts of Rapid Ohia Death in Hawaii’s Native Forests: Science-Based Management Approaches, presented by Flint Hughes
  • Thirty Years of Sudden Oak Death: The Consequences of a Pathogen Invasion, presented by Susan Frankel

SCIENCEx Invasive Aquatics

  • Biosecurity Priorities to Forestall Amphibian Chytrid Transmission, presented by Deanna ‘Dede’ Olson
  • Detecting Aquatic Invaders with eDNA: Challenges and Opportunities, presented by Brooke Penaluna
  • Recognized and Unrecognized Effects of Invasive Bivalves on Native Freshwater Mussels, presented by Wendell Haag

SCIENCEx Invasive Animals & Animal Pathogens

  • A One Health (Ecosystems Health) Approach to Managing Invasive Animals and Animal Pathogens, presented by Patrice ‘Patty’ Klein
  • White Nose Syndrome, presented by Sybill Amelon
  • Barred Owl Range Expansion in western North America: Ecological Impacts and Conservation Lessons, presented by John Keane

SCIENCEx Invasive Plants

  • Cheatgrass Impacts and Management Options in Western U.S. Ecosystems, presented by Ali Urza and Brice Hanberry
  • Impacts of Invasive Cogongrass on Private and Public land: Prevention and Control Strategies, presented by Rima Lucardi
  • Ventenata Invasion in the Western U.S.: Using Remote Sensing & Model Output to Understand Invasion Risk, presented by Becky K. Kerns
Fire X Fauna

Bats x fire across the US

  • Prescribed fire effects on bats and bat habitat in the eastern U.S., presented by Roger Perry, Research Wildlife Biologist
  • What we know and don’t know about bats’ responses to wildfire and prescribed fire in North American forests, presented by Susan Loeb, Research Ecologist
  • Bats and wildfire in the western U.S.: Why we need to know more, presented by Angela White, Research Wildlife Biologist and Ted Weller, Research Ecologist

Birds, biodiversity x fire in eastern forests

  • Breeding bird response to fire and other disturbances in eastern hardwood forests, presented by Cathryn Greenberg, Research Ecologist
  • Pine woodland restoration and prescribed fire effects on songbirds and nightjars in the Ozark highlands, presented by Frank Thompson, Research Wildlife Biologist
  • Wildlife need fire (or fire surrogates) in the eastern United States, presented by Brice Hanberry, Research Ecologist and Frank Thompson, Research Wildlife Biologist

Spotted owls x fire

  • Quantification of wildfire severity in forests for northern spotted owls, presented by Damon Lesmeister, Research Wildlife Biologist
  • California spotted owl responses to fire and lessons for fire management, presented by Gavin Jones, Research Ecologist
  • Mexican spotted owls and wildfire, presented by Joseph Ganey,Research Wildlife Biologist; Michael Lommler, Paul Beier, and Jamie Sanderlin, Vertebrate Ecologist

Mammals, birds x fire in western forests

  • Exploring pyrodiversity and biodiversity: effects of fire on bird and small mammal communities of the Southwest, presented by Jamie Sanderlin, Research Vertebrate Ecologist
  • Effects of fire on small mammal communities of the Pacific Northwest, presented by Todd Wilson, Wildlife Biologist
  • Threats to California fishers: Reconciling optimal and resilient habitat, presented by Craig Thompson, Research Ecologist

Where there's smoke there's fire

  • Cannabis cultivation and wildfires: Where there’s smoke, there’s smoke, presented by Adam Cummings, Ecologist
  • Wildfires ignitions, costs to wildlife, and workplace safety issues from illegal cannabis cultivation, presented by Mourad Gabriel, Ecologist
  • Wildland fire smoke cools rivers-Benefits for tribes and fish, presented by Frank Lake, Research Ecologist