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The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Using decision tools to assess vulnerability and inform management of wildlife in the Northeast

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 | 11:30 am
134 Morrill Science Center or via remote connection (see webinar information, above)
Toni Lyn Morelli


In the face of increasing temperatures, shifting precipitation patterns, and large uncertainty, natural resource managers are needing to assess vulnerability of species in order to develop adaptation options and conservation strategies. This presentation will focus on a rapid assessment of wildlife in Massachusetts and mammals across the northeastern forest that was conducted through a knowledge coproduction framework.  Ways to develop specific adaptation actions, including managing climate change refugia and incorporating actions into project planning at the state and forest level, will also be discussed.


Toni Lyn Morelli is a USGS Research Ecologist with the Northeast Climate Science Center.  After aquiring a Ph.D. from  SUNY, Stony Brook, Toni Lyn Morelli obtained a National Science Foundation Bioinformatics Postdoctoral Fellowship, collaborating with Steve Beissinger and Craig Moritz on an extension of the Grinnell Resurvey Project; she continues these collaborations examining climate refugia under funding she obtained from the California Landscape Conservation Cooperative. She has also worked for the U.S. Forest Service, both as a research ecologist at the Pacific Southwest Research Station and as the Technical Advisor to the Democratic Republic of Congo.  In her role as USGS Research Ecologist for the NE CSC, Toni Lyn uses geospatial analysis, species distribution modeling, occupancy modeling, and population and landscape genetics techniques to facilitate natural resource management and habitat and species conservation in the face of climate and land use change.  Currently she is investigating how climate change is affecting boreal communities in the northeastern United States.