Biodiversity as a Metric of Ecosystem Resilience to Climate Change

Presented by: Dr. Poulos
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Dr. Poulos
Dr. Poulos
PhD in Forestry and Environmental Studies

About the Instructor

Dr. Poulos's has been working in the Southwest for about 14 years. Her research focuses on developing risk management and decision support tools for sustainable forest and ecosystem management. She has been exploring tree diversity patterns as well as species turnover along environmental gradients of Sky Island systems on a local-, landscape-, and regional-scale. Helen is not only a field biologist but also a data-mining expert. She uses her expertise for developing decision support tools which policy-makers can readily implement.

Aside from her PhD from The Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Helen also holds a Master's degree in Geography from The Pennsylvania State University. Currently, she is a member of the College of the Environment in Wesleyan University.

Shifting diversity patterns and species turnover are fundamental concerns about how climate change will influence desert ecosystems. Scientists, managers, and-policy makers are searching for metrics to assist in the prediction of ecosystem responses to climate change. Temporal variation in landscape and regional-scale diversity can provide insights on the fragility or resilience of plant and animal communities in the Southwest to changing climates.

This presentation tackles the various metrics and tools for monitoring the changes in the ecosystem through biodiversity; this in response to the threats of climate change. Presented in this webinar are risk management tools that can be used to develop a sustainable forest and manage the ecosystem against climate change.

Learning Objectives:

1. Participants will learn what the shifting patterns of biodiversity patterns and species turnover are.

2. Participants will understand how landscape level resilience metrics are estimated.

3. Participants will learn how fragmented patches effect the biodiversity resilience.

4. Know the various risk management tool and how to use them in developing sustainable forests.

General Course Information

Credits1 CEU/CE/PH/CH
FormatPre-recorded webinar
PresenterHelen Poulos, PhD in Forestry and Environmental Studies

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Course Contents

1 Video
1 Quiz
1 Survey
1.0 hr

Course Curriculum

Biodiversity as a Metric of Ecosystem Resilience to Climate Change Video
Biodiversity as a Metric of Ecosystem Resilience to Climate Change
Biodiversity as a Metric of Ecosystem Resilience to Climate Change Survey