Climate Resilient Connectivity for the South coast ecoregion of california
Project Leads: Megan Jennings and Erin conlisk
We are working to support resilience by identifying corridors or landscape linkages that will allow wildlife to move across the network under current conditions as well as under uncertain shifts in habitat composition and structure in the future caused by anthropogenic development, climate change, and shorter fire-return intervals. We plan to approach these data using an ensemble of analytical approaches, from dynamic species distribution models linked with population models to a species-blind land facet approach. We are also incorporating different methods of connectivity assessment, including least cost and network analysis methods.
This work is a is strong manager-scientist partnership between the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (Region 5) and San Diego State University. We are currently working on expanding our partnership with other scientists across the state and with many other partners in land management and conservation at the local and regional level. Funding for this work has been provided by the Wildlife Conservation Board and a State Wildlife Grant. You can learn more about Dr. Erin Conlisk's work here.