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Minnesota Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment


July 2012 - December 2012


The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources convened expert panels to conduct ecosystem-scale climate change vulnerability assessments for selected habitats using a systems mapping process. The mapping process identified key drivers of change, relationships among drivers, stressors and their relative strength of influence, including the assignment of vulnerability and confidence scores. The goal is to compile the data gathered from the expert panels to inform adaptation strategies relative to climate change scenarios into Minnesota’s State Wildlife Action Plan.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 2

Phd Students: 2

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 1

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 16

Scientific Publications: 52

Presentations: 98



  • Bruce VondracekPrincipal Investigator

Funding Agencies

  • Minnesota Department of Natural Resources


Minnesota Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
  2. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  3. U.S. Geological Survey
  4. University of Minnesota
  5. Wildlife Management Institute