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CSP welcomes four new scientists to our core staff!

Former CSP Associate, Dr. Shelley Crausbay, joins us as a Lead Scientist in the Ft. Collins office, and is working on topics in paleoecology, tropical systems, and planning for drought and climate change. Returning to her native Colorado from a PhD program at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, Dr. Amanda Kissel has joined us as a postdoc in Ft. Collins, where she will be providing advanced support for projects focused on animal population modeling. Dr. Eric Stofferahn is our new ‘Data Science Fellow in Conservation.’ He comes to the Truckee office from NASA/JPL and brings us new capacity in atmospheric science and computing systems. Also in Truckee, Brandon Rasmussen joins us as a Research Specialist and all around ‘data wizard.’ Brandon recently graduated from the University of Nevada – Reno with national honors in geophysics.

We’re excited about the new crew and thought you would be, too!

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CSP Board member, Tom Sisk, honored by Defenders of Wildlife

“Dr. Sisk’s work in environmental management is unmatched, as is his commitment to biological diversity and the restoration and sustainable management of our public lands. He has excelled at bringing together ranchers, environmentalists, and policymakers alike to find new ways to safeguard our land, water, and natural resources.” – Marcey Olajos

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CSP staff member, Mo Ryan, participates in the Resilience 2017 global meeting

Resilience 2017: Resilience Frontiers for Global Sustainability – the most recent iteration of the Resilience meeting held every three years – took place this August in Stockholm, Sweden. The meeting was a tour de force of creative exploration into the dynamics of social-ecological systems in turbulent times. With science, art, music, and movement interwoven throughout (e.g. see Tone Bjordam and Marten Scheffer’s remarkable art-science collaboration Critical Transitions), the plenaries and sessions reflected a rich, growing, and respectful dialogue among natural and social sciences and the humanities and creative arts. READ MORE

New CSP study focusing on the movement ecology of the Mojave desert tortoise

Understanding patterns and drivers of animal movement is essential for the development of comprehensive conservation and management plans. Movement can be impeded by natural factors as well as by human-induced changes to the environment. For instance, the placement of buildings, roads, and fences may restrict natural animal movement processes such as foraging, dispersal, and gene flow. Similarly, climate change may impact animal movements independently or in tandem with landscape change by affecting exposure stress, limiting dispersal, and increasing disease transmission rates.READ MORE

CSP, CAP partner on an analysis for the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument

One of CSP’s latest studies quantifies resources within a unique marine national monument that may lose critical protections.

Established in September 2016 by President Obama, the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument lies off the coast of New England. This monument supports a unique and exceptionally diverse array of sea life, including sea turtles, endangered whales, seabirds, and at least 73 species of rare deep-sea corals. It also features four seamounts—extinct underwater volcanoes— and three deep sea canyons.

The monument now faces an uncertain future because of recent executive orders that reflect the current administration’s desire to open the area up to energy exploration and production. Although many claims have been made about the ocean resources within the monument, little work has actually been conducted to quantify these resources.READ MORE

New study finds that fragmented habitat increases extinction risk in mammals

In a first-of-its-kind study, CSP’s Dave Theobald and others develop a series of high-resolution models to assess how habitat fragmentation impacts extinction risk for mammals on a global scale.

CSP was part of an international team of researchers that examined habitat fragmentation for over 4,000 species of land-dwelling mammals across the globe. The team used high-resolution models and comparative analyses to measure fragmentation and to assess its relationship to extinction risk. In addition to documenting the conservation status of animals and plants, the team produced global maps that predicted areas of intact, high-quality habitat — as well as fragmentation hot spots. They found that mammals within highly fragmented areas enjoyed smaller ranges and a lower proportion of high-suitability habitat. They also determined that most high-suitability habitat occurred outside of protected areas, further elevating extinction risk.READ MORE