Rua Mordecai

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About Rua Mordecai

Rua is the Science Coordinator for the South Atlantic LCC. He focuses on the technical details of integrating science and partners to inform conservation decisions and support the LCC’s vision of landscape-scale conservation.
  • USGS landcover predictions

New historic landcover data shows agricultural past of the South Atlantic

New USGS predictions of historic landcover change simplified to only show agriculture (orange), urban (red), and open water (blue). As part of a larger carbon modeling project, USGS recently released yearly landcover predictions going back to 1938. It provides a really interesting view into our heavily agricultural past and a time without the [...]

By |August 4th, 2017|Featured, Staff Blog|Comments Off on New historic landcover data shows agricultural past of the South Atlantic

Want to review some new plant/herp models for the South Atlantic this month?

Smooth coneflower. We're now on the round two review of model results from the project "Improving the connection between restricted range and at-risk species conservation and the South Atlantic Conservation Blueprint." Thanks to all of you who've already provided feedback. That said,  we could always use a few additional eyes. As you probably [...]

By |July 6th, 2017|Featured, Staff Blog|Comments Off on Want to review some new plant/herp models for the South Atlantic this month?

No fish is an island: Update on the South Atlantic marine ecosystem model

Photo by Greg McFall/Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. Black seabasses and sponges at Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary in Georgia. One really exciting thing we have here in the South Atlantic is a Fishery Management Council that is very passionate about ecosystem-based management. The council is always working to consider all the different [...]

By |June 1st, 2017|Featured, Staff Blog|Comments Off on No fish is an island: Update on the South Atlantic marine ecosystem model

Sea-level rise impacts in Atlanta: New national predictions of SLR migrants

One of the more interesting, and hard to predict, impacts of sea-level rise is how people are going to respond to it. Sure, there will continue to be local actions like living shorelines, hardening, and elevating buildings, but people are also very mobile. How many people might leave coastal areas entirely and where might they go? [...]

By |May 22nd, 2017|Featured, Staff Blog|Comments Off on Sea-level rise impacts in Atlanta: New national predictions of SLR migrants
  • Reviewing Version 2.2 of the Blueprint at the Chapel Hill workshop

Blueprint workshops so far

Reviewing Version 2.2 of the Blueprint at the Chapel Hill workshop. Three of the six Blueprint workshops are now complete. Huge thanks to the almost 100 people who attended so far. That includes people from 43 different private, local, nonprofit, state, and federal organizations. Also big thanks to the organizations who provided and [...]

By |April 25th, 2017|Featured, Staff Blog|Comments Off on Blueprint workshops so far

A conservation blueprint for the nation?

SECAS Blueprint Version 1.0, with protected areas. Wouldn't it be great if the South Atlantic Conservation Blueprint hooked into similar products across the entire United States? There's already a version that covers most of the South thanks to the Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy Blueprint. Why stop there? There's now progress in the Northeast, [...]

By |April 25th, 2017|Featured, Staff Blog|Comments Off on A conservation blueprint for the nation?

Draft of Blueprint 2.2 now available

A draft of Blueprint 2.2 is now available on the Conservation Planning Atlas. Visit the Blueprint 2.2 Data Gallery to explore all the indicators used to create this version of the Blueprint. Here are a few of the improvements in this latest version: Large improvements in the marine priorities - One of the known issues [...]

By |March 9th, 2017|Featured, Staff Blog|Comments Off on Draft of Blueprint 2.2 now available

Know about seabirds? Want to help with a new seabird indicator?

Some great new seabird density models just became available.  While the South Atlantic indicator teams have wanted to include a seabird indicator for many years, the big limitation has been having GIS layers that covered the full region. Now that these new layers are available, it's time to get together a team to review some options [...]

By |January 9th, 2017|Featured, Staff Blog|Comments Off on Know about seabirds? Want to help with a new seabird indicator?

Thoughts from the Southeast Partners in Plant Conservation Conference

Michaux's Sumac (Rhus michauxii) Earlier this week, I was able to make it to a few days of the Southeast Partners in Plant Conservation Conference at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. It was really inspiring to see such a big crowd working toward plant conservation in the South. Unfortunately I couldn't make it to the [...]

By |November 4th, 2016|Featured, Staff Blog|Comments Off on Thoughts from the Southeast Partners in Plant Conservation Conference

Impacts of conservation actions on water quantity and quality

I've been spending a lot of time working with Blueprint users this year. Whether they're looking at land protection, prescribed fire, stream restoration, or even fishery management one key theme keeps emerging: water. How would proposed conservation actions impact water quantity and quality? That's often an entire scored section of a proposal for national funding [...]

By |September 30th, 2016|Featured, Staff Blog|Comments Off on Impacts of conservation actions on water quantity and quality