Current Research Projects:
Most California entities responsible for land stewardship currently have no effective way of describing and evaluating climate futures, or of incorporating them into decision-making processes. So, in a collaboration across EEB, Computer Sciences, the CA Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band, we are developing CA Futures: a state-of-the-art user-friendly tool that maps future species distributions, habitat connectivity and the predicted outcomes of land management interventions, using the best available biodiversity and landscape data. California Futures represents a leap forward in the computational power and ecological realism of climate futures projections, and will democratize who can access this information and participate in the state’s large land planning efforts. CA Futures will enable climate-resilient land conservation decisions that support both nature and people, and expand tribal co-leadership in California land conservation decision-making processes.