Leslie Jones

First Name: 
Leslie
Last Name: 
Jones
Academic Year: 
AY2012-13
Graduate Program: 
Systems Ecology
College/University: 
University of Montana
Research/Scholarly Work: 
Developing a high-resolution stream temperature model for the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem (CCE) to simulate the potential effects of climate change on thermal habitat regimes of aquatic species. A spatially-explicit stream temperature model will be used to predict stream temperatures under current climate conditions and forecasted climate change scenarios. Web-based tools will also be developed, to provide a decision-support tool to land and water managers, conservation planners and researchers. These tools will be used to assess aquatic species vulnerabilities and identify critical habitats at risk for maintaining species persistence under varying climate change scenarios. Results may be used to identify populations and habitats most susceptible to the impacts of climate change; develop monitoring and evaluation programs; inform future research needs; and develop conservation delivery options in response to climate change and other stressors (habitat loss and invasive species) with broad application that can be applied beyond the CCE.

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