2017 Climate Change Symposium


3:00 – 3:05 PM: Welcome and Introduction

3:05-4:20 PM: Research talks by UW-Madison faculty and researchers

  • Neil Stenhouse, Life Sciences Communication
  • Ankur Desai, Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences
  • Monica Turner, Zoology
  • Andrea Hicks, Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Jim Kossin, Space Science & Engineering Center

4:30-5:30 PM: Keynote Lecture by Prof. Josh Lawler, University of Washington

Many species are already moving in response to modern climate change. Many more are projected to move as climates are progressively altered. These movements pose a significant challenge to conservation planners and practitioners faced with protecting species, communities, and ecosystems. I will explore three basic approaches that have been suggested for addressing climate change in the conservation-planning process: increasing connectivity, protecting climatic refugia, and protecting “nature’s stage.” I’ll highlight potential species movement routes across North and South America, areas in the U.S. where protecting corridors could enhance species’ ability to track climate change, and areas that are likely to serve as climatic refugia. In addition, I will demonstrate how protecting geophysical diversity (nature’s stage) will likely be little more effective at protecting species in the face of climate change than will selecting protected areas at random and less effective than selecting protected areas based on today’s species distributions. Together these explorations provide some guidance on how we can begin to plan for protecting biodiversity in a rapidly changing climate.

5:30-6:30 PM: Reception & Reid Bryson Scholarship poster session for UW-Madison students

GHI is a co-sponsor of this symposium.