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Assessing the Impact of Climate Change on Biodiversity


August 2011 - September 2014


1. Coordinate the Biodiversity sector of the 2013 National Climate Assessment
2. Identify the key data and knowledge gaps related to how climate change will affect biodiversity
3. Assess the potential role that existing protected lands has on the protection of aquatic biodiversity at smaller spatial scales
a. Determine if aquatic biodiversity on Missouri protected lands (e.g., federal protected, Conservation Opportunity Areas, Priority Watersheds) is representative of the biodiversity in the region.
b. Identify if the level of aquatic biodiversity differs in these Missouri protected areas by land area, Missouri region, and by different systems (e.g., is the number of aquatic species on protected lands different in the northern Missouri dissected plains, the Ozark transitional areas, the forested Ozarks; are more large river species protected in these lands compared to small stream species)?
c. Determine if there are certain fish communities or geographic regions on protected lands in Missouri that are more vulnerable to changes in climate.
d. Make recommendations on the best approaches to protect Missouri aquatic biodiversity in the future (e.g., prioritizing regions for future protection or conservation easements, identify if one large protected area may be more beneficial than several smaller projected areas)
4. Aid in the analysis of writing of the 2013 NCA Synthesis Report

Research Products and Activities

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Staudt, A., A. Leidner, J. Howard, K. Brauman, J. Dukes, L. Hansen, C. Paukert, J. Sabo, L. Solorzano. 2012. Climate change effects on already stressed biodiversity, ecosystems, and ecosystem services. Pages 5-1 to 5-32 in: S. Carter, F. S. Chapin III, N. Grimm, P. Kareiva, M. Ruckelshaus, M. Staudinger, A. Staudt, B. Stein, editors. Climate Change Impacts on Biodiversity, Ecosystems, and Ecosystem Services: Technical Input to the National Climate Assessment. U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, VA.
  • Staudt, A., A. K. Leidner, J. Howard, K. A. Brauman, J. Dukes, L. Hansen, C. Paukert, J. Sabo, L. A. Solórzano. Adding Fuel to the Fire: Interactions of Climate Change with Other Environmental Stressors. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 11(9): 494-501.
  • Sievert, N., C. Paukert, Y. Psang, and D. Infante. 2016. Development and Assessment of an Index to Determine Stream Fish Vulnerability to Climate Change and Habitat Degradation. Ecological Indicators.

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



Funding Agencies

  • Great Rivers CESU / NCCWSC


Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey