Ecological Vulnerability and Species Response to Climate Change





Climate change directly affects species physiology, the phenology of major life stages, and species ranges and interactions. Climate change poses a particular threat to rare and endangered species, which are often unable to shift their ranges or adapt in situ due to small populations and human-created barriers to movement. Climate change will also increase invasive species competitiveness, alter invasive species ranges, and decrease the efficacy of management and control. NE CASC activities in this area include identifying climate change impacts on priority, endangered, and threatened fish and wildlife resources; assessing the effectiveness of potential climate adaptation management options for species and ecosystems; assessing how climate change alters the geographic range and abundance of invasive species in order to support early detection and rapid response; developing manager networks to promote science communication, translation, and information exchange across state and jurisdictional boundaries.