Drought Planning: Accounting for Human and Ecological Impacts of Drought in the Upper Missouri Headwaters Basin

Wed, Nov 28, 12:00 pm
Location: 
126 Barnard Hall
Speaker Name: 
Dr. Jamie McEvoy & Dr. Molly Cross
Montana State University
Wildlife Conservation Society
Department of Earth Sciences
Climate Change for the Americas Program

Dr. Jamie McEvoy is a human-environment geographer with expertise in water management and climate change adaptation in the water sector.  As a social scientist, she uses a political ecology framework to understand the political, economic, and institutional dimensions of conflict and cooperation over water resources. Most recently, her Montana-based research has focused on 1) public perception of natural water storage as a climate change adaptation strategy and 2) drought planning in the Upper Missouri Headwaters basin. 

Molly Cross, Ph.D., is the Director of Climate Change Adaptation for the Americas Program of the Wildlife Conservation Society. Her work brings together science experts and conservation practitioners to incorporate climate change adaptation science into on-the-ground conservation actions. Molly is helping to lead climate change planning efforts involving diverse stakeholders at several landscapes across North and South America, focused on a range of targets from individual species to more complex ecosystems. She co-edited the book Climate and Conservation: Landscape and Seascape Science, Planning and Action, and co-authored a guidebook and associated training course on Scenario Planning as a tool for climate change adaptation. Molly has contributed to several national climate change efforts including the U.S. National Climate Assessment, the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies guidance on incorporating climate change into state wildlife action plans, and the Climate-Smart Conservation guide to climate adaptation. She is the Director of Science for the WCS Climate Adaptation Fund, which supports applied projects demonstrating effective interventions for wildlife adaptation to climate change. Molly got her Ph.D. in Environmental Science, Policy and Management from the University of California, Berkeley, where she studied ecosystem responses to climate warming and plant diversity loss in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.

Vulnerability Framework for Ecological Drought. Crausbay and Ramirez et al. 2017

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