Rua Mordecai

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About Rua Mordecai

Rua serves as Science Coordinator for both the South Atlantic and Southeast Blueprints. He focuses on the technical details of integrating science and partners to improve the Blueprints, set explicit goals, and inform conservation decisions across the Southeast.

Goal for Southeastern ecosystems approved by state wildlife agency directors

A couple of weeks ago, the directors of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA) unanimously approved an explicit goal for Southeastern ecosystems. This was a high priority improvement in the Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy (SECAS). I've been talking about the steps leading up to this goal in my last few blog posts. [...]

By |November 9th, 2018|Blueprint Staff Blog, Featured|Comments Off on Goal for Southeastern ecosystems approved by state wildlife agency directors

Identifying ambitious but achievable ecosystem goals for the Southeast

Setting goals for the future is hard. It never feels like we have enough data and the future is so uncertain. That said, goals can be a powerful way to bring in new resources and stay focused on outcomes. A couple of months ago, I talked about assessing the state of the Southeastern ecosystems. This [...]

By |October 4th, 2018|Blueprint Staff Blog, Featured|Comments Off on Identifying ambitious but achievable ecosystem goals for the Southeast

Extensive deepwater coral reef found in Blueprint priority area

Alvin collects a sample of Lophelia pertusa from an extensive mound of both dead and live coral. Image copyright Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. The new and exciting discoveries from deep water dives in the South Atlantic just keep on coming. You might have seen my previous post about cool stuff the Okeanos dives [...]

By |August 29th, 2018|Blueprint Staff Blog, Featured|Comments Off on Extensive deepwater coral reef found in Blueprint priority area

The state of Southeastern ecosystems

How are the ecosystems of the Southeast doing? How is that changing over time? I've been working on integrating ecosystem assessments across the Southeast to get at those key questions, primarily to support a major task this year for the Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy (SECAS): developing an explicit and near-term goal. The big idea is trying [...]

By |August 6th, 2018|Blueprint Staff Blog, Featured|Comments Off on The state of Southeastern ecosystems

Cool critters in the deepwater priority areas of the South Atlantic Blueprint

Many people less familiar with the offshore waters of the South Atlantic ask about this long swath of Blueprint priority going down the Atlantic. I've circled the general area in black in the picture below. It's a particularly interesting area at the continental margin where a mix of currents and substrate support a rich and [...]

By |August 3rd, 2018|Blueprint Staff Blog, Featured|Comments Off on Cool critters in the deepwater priority areas of the South Atlantic Blueprint

Coming this fall in the SECAS update…

Here are a few of the updates and new resources planned for the fall Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy (SECAS) update: Update of the Texas part of the Blueprint using new information from the Texas Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool (CHAT). With this update, the Blueprint will provide seamless coverage over most of the United States. Integrated [...]

By |July 6th, 2018|Blueprint Staff Blog, Featured|Comments Off on Coming this fall in the SECAS update…

The South Atlantic millions of years ago

There are a bunch of really interesting landscape features and patterns of diversity around us that were formed millions of years ago. It's easy to forget that, when the first primates emerged around 35 million years ago, you could walk on dry land pretty far into what's now the Atlantic Ocean. If you go even [...]

By |June 20th, 2018|Blueprint Staff Blog, Featured|Comments Off on The South Atlantic millions of years ago

Greenways and trails indicator up for review

Ready to take a look at the new greenways and trails indicator we keep talking about? A draft is now up on the Conservation Planning Atlas. This indicator captures the recreational value and opportunities to connect with nature provided by greenways and trails. It integrates naturalness at multiple scales and overall connectivity. It also covers [...]

By |June 4th, 2018|Blueprint Staff Blog, Featured|Comments Off on Greenways and trails indicator up for review

Military training route data now available

Military training routes are special aerial corridors where military aircraft can fly below 10,000 ft at speeds much faster than other aircraft. These routes, which are particularly common in the South Atlantic, are critical resources for training and readiness. Conversion of land under these routes to non-compatible uses, such as urban development and its associated [...]

By |May 8th, 2018|Blueprint Staff Blog, Featured|Comments Off on Military training route data now available

Too many social connections can be bad and other lessons from network science

Ever since I took a class a few years ago on social network science, I've been fascinated by all the unexpected ways that different types of social networks can behave. For example, simple ideas can spread quickly through groups with lots of social connections (hello internet!) but the spread of more complex ideas can actually [...]

By |May 2nd, 2018|Blueprint Staff Blog, Featured|Comments Off on Too many social connections can be bad and other lessons from network science