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Forecasting the effects of sea-level rise on nesting habitat of Piping Plover

How are climate change and management decisions affecting the future of the Piping Plover? Sarah M. Karpanty from Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation at Virginia Tech discusses her work on forecasting the impacts of sea-level rise on barrier island nesting habitat for the federally protected shorebird.

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Date: Tuesday, February 17th, 2015, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Title: Forecasting the effects of sea-level rise on nesting habitat of the federally threatened Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus)

Presenter: Sarah Karpanty, Assistant Professor, Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation,Virginia Tech

Abstract: Barrier island habitats provide essential ecosystem services for human populations and support a number of imperiled wildlife species, including the Piping Plover, which has been designated by the North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative as a surrogate species for other wildlife that use dynamic Atlantic Coast beaches for breeding.  Barrier island habitats and the wildlife that use them are susceptible to the effects of sea-level rise and storms, particularly because they are exposed to the open ocean and are low in elevation. Additionally, many barrier islands have been modified by humans to the point of changing the natural responses of these islands to sea-level rise and storm surges.  Given that sea-level rise rates are projected to increase over the next century and the importance of barrier islands for both humans and wildlife, there is an urgent need to predict how the fate of these islands, and the species that depend upon them.

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