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Implications of climate change for biodiversity in Yukon River Basin wetlands: Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge as a test case


June 2009 - May 2014


The overall goal of the biological component of the Yukon River Basin (YRB) science plan is to estimate the potential effects of climate induced lake change on terrestrial and aquatic species richness and abundance that is relevant to local and national users.

Research Products and Activities

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Roach, J. K., B. Griffith, and D. Verbyla. Landscape influences on climate-related lake shrinkage at high latitudes. Global Change Biology doi: 10.1111/gcb.12196 Abstract |  Download  | 
  • Roach, J. and B. Griffith. 2015. Climate-induced lake drying causes heterogeneous reductions in waterfowl species richness. Landscape Ecology 30:1005–1022.

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 95

Masters Students: 239

Phd Students: 142

Post Docs: 53

University Staff: 240

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 701

Scientific Publications: 1936

Presentations: 4260



  • Brad GriffithPrincipal Investigator
  • Eugenie EuskirchenStudent
  • Elizabeth GreenStudent
  • Vijay PatilStudent

Funding Agencies

  • Global Change


Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey