About the Speaker Series

Earth Talks Speaker Series is hosted each semester by the Geoscience Department. The series serves as a forum through which experts from academia, government and the private sector, as well as WSU students and faculty, share their experiences and research results with the WSU Geoscience community. The series also provides a venue for discussions of professional, educational, and employment issues related to Geology, Natural Resources, Earth Science teaching, and other related disciplines.

Conserving Nature's Stage: Mapping Strongholds for Nature Under a Changing Climate - David Schimdt

Nov. 6 at 4pm - SLC 120
Efforts to preserve biodiversity have long focused on habitat protection. Conservationists have strived to identify places in the world that support high numbers of species, unique or rare species, or species and habitat types that are under threat. But as our climate changes, new factors must be considered when predicting what places will be most important to supporting biodiversity into the future. Protected habitats may be rendered unsuitable for the species they have supported in the past, especially those small in size or homogeneous in character. The Nature Conservancy is working to map areas of the US that we predict will be most resilient to our changing climate based on fundamental geological characteristics, as well as landscape heterogeneity and habitat connectedness. This will help identify locations that will provide species and communities the greatest chance to respond to climate change.