The scientists from the Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center capitalize on their diverse
expertise to answer critically important scientific questions shaped by the equally diverse environments
of the western United States. FRESC scientists collaborate with each other and with partners to provide
rigorous, objective, and timely information and guidance for the management and
conservation of biological systems in the West and worldwide.
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Using eDNA to Study Aquatic Species in the Owyhee Canyonlands Wilderness
In the Owyhee Canyonlands Wilderness area – or Canyonlands – in southwest Idaho, the BLM manages and preserves critical habitat for fish and wildlife. To determine if...
Range-wide Habitat and Population Connectivity in Greater Sage-grouse
State agencies within the range of the greater sage-grouse have developed Priority Areas for Conservation, or PACs, and conservation plans to manage and mitigate the...
New Technical Assistance: System Dynamics Model of Lake Ozette Sockeye
Lake Ozette on the Olympic Peninsula in northwestern Washington state provides important spawning habitat for a genetically distinct population of sockeye salmon, which...
Long-term Effects of Great Basin Treatments on Fuel Loads and Fire Regimes
The Great Basin is vulnerable to changes in fuels and fire regimes as a result of invasive species and climate change. To address these threats, management agencies are...
New Study: A Natural Resources Condition Assessment for Olympic National Park
USGS and National Park Service Scientists are collaborating to develop a Natural Resources Condition Assessment (NRCA) for Olympic National Park (ONP). A NRCA documents...
Moisture Rivals Temperature in Limiting Tree Establishment in Alpine Meadows
Plant populations are often limited by multiple climate parameters; for example, trees growing in alpine areas above forests may be limited by chilling stress and low...
is a biologist with the Olympic field station who aids the development of frameworks, strategies, and protocols for ecological monitoring and research programs for a variety of land management agencies. Andrea’s work with terrestrial vegetation dynamics focuses on addressing questions regarding changes in forest structure in response to invasive species, exotic pests and climate change. Andrea also develops techniques for synthesizing monitoring data to provide managers with tools to help determine the best strategy for managing natural resources, especially in response to climate change.
Developing Tools for Climate Change Adaptation
allows research scientists to help resource managers achieve goals in an ever-changing world exacerbated by a changing climate. USGS can help managers address challenges using a variety of tools, including assessment of trends in resource condition, structured decision techniques to elicit and prioritize management information needs, and decision support tools to make regional-scale climate vulnerability assessments and adaptation plans useful at project-planning scales.