Regan Nelson

First Name: 
Regan
Last Name: 
Nelson
Academic Year: 
AY2012-13
Advisor: 
Graduate Program: 
Ecology & Environmental Sciences PhD
Department: 
College/University: 
Montana State University
Research/Scholarly Work: 
I am interested in large landscape conservation, and in particular the challenges associated with managing landscapes across multiple ownerships for common purposes. The conservation community has tools to evaluate the needs of various species at a regional context, but is less equipped to make management decisions at that same scale. Climate change highlights the need for multi-jurisdictional approaches to assist species in adapting to climate change. Many commonly-recognized adaptation management options - such as protecting species as their range shifts over time in response to climate change - will require setting goals at the regional level, with the cooperation and support of multiple land managers to implement those goals. My research aims to demonstrate how to use a regional-scale vulnerability assessment to create a spatially-explicit adaptation plan across multiple jurisdictions, aligning the adaptation options so that they both maximize resilience and adaptive capacity of the key targets and optimize implementation feasibility under current management mandates. The goal is to distribute responsibility for the target species in a way that acknowledges the dynamic nature of the landscape and the relatively static nature of institutions.

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