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NorWeST state temperature map for New Mexico streams

Documents and Media Posted on: March 09, 2017
This document provides a thermal map for all streams in the New Mexico NorWeST production unit. Document Type: Other Documents

NorWeST state temperature map for Colorado streams

Documents and Media Posted on: March 09, 2017
This is a thermal map of western Wyoming streams, assembled by the NorWest Project. Document Type: Other Documents

NorWeST state temperature map for California rivers and streams

Documents and Media Posted on: March 08, 2017
This is a thermal map of California rivers and streams, assembled by the NorWest Project. Document Type: Other Documents

NorWeST state temperature map for Wyoming streams

Documents and Media Posted on: March 08, 2017
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Big biology meets microclimatology: Defining thermal niches of ectotherms at landscape scales for conservation planning

Publications Posted on: January 30, 2017
Temperature profoundly affects ecology, a fact ever more evident as the ability to measure thermal environments increases and global changes alter these environments. The spatial structure of thermalscapes is especially relevant to the distribution and abundance of ectothermic organisms but the ability to describe biothermal relationships at extents and grains relevant to conservation planning has been limited by small or sparse datasets.

Wildlife, fish, and biodiversity [Chapter 11]

Publications Posted on: December 13, 2016
The 2010 Resources Planning Act (RPA) Assessment (2010 RPA) reviewed recent trends in wildlife, fish, and biodiversity, showing varied responses, depending on the resource, suggesting varied conditions that depend on region, species group, or habitat type.

Cutthroat trout-rainbow trout hybridization

Projects Posted on: October 26, 2016
Knowing how environments might influence the degree and location of hybridization between these species represents a potentially powerful tool for managers. To address that need, we modeled how hybridization between westslope cutthroat trout and rainbow trout is influenced by stream characteristics that favor each species. On the Cutthroat trout-rainbow trout hybridization website, we describe that model, and provide high-resolution digital maps in user-friendly formats of the predictions of different levels of hybridization across the native range of westslope cutthroat trout in the Northern Rocky Mountains, representing both current conditions and those associated with warmer stream temperatures. Our goal is to help decision-makers gauge the potential for hybridization between cutthroat trout and rainbow trout when considering management strategies for conserving cutthroat trout.

A protocol for collecting environmental DNA samples from streams

Publications Posted on: September 01, 2016
Environmental DNA (eDNA) is DNA that has been released by an organism into its environment, such that the DNA can be found in air, water, or soil. In aquatic systems, eDNA has been shown to provide a sampling approach that is more sensitive for detecting target organisms faster, and less expensively than previous approaches.

Conservation of native Pacific trout diversity in Western North America

Publications Posted on: June 29, 2016
Pacific trout Oncorhynchus spp. in western North America are strongly valued in ecological, socioeconomic, and cultural views, and have been the subject of substantial research and conservation efforts. Despite this, the understanding of their evolutionary histories, overall diversity, and challenges to their conservation is incomplete.

Birds of Southwestern grasslands: Status, conservation, and management

Publications Posted on: May 12, 2016
In the Southwestern United States, the grassland avifauna is collectively composed of a mixture of species found primarily in desert grasslands, shortgrass steppe, wet meadows, and alpine tundra (as used here, desert grasslands incorporate both arid grasslands and desert shrub grasslands). Of these habitats, desert grasslands and shortgrass steppe are the most extensive and support the greatest number of grassland bird species.