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.

An integrated ecosystem model for the entire South Atlantic region

Wouldn't it be great if we could predict how our actions would impact all the ecosystems of the South Atlantic? How does forest management impact water quantity, quality, and aquatic species? How do oyster reefs affect marine fish? How about economic incentives and different types of land protection---how do actions on a specific parcel impact freshwater and [...]

By |December 6th, 2017|Featured, Staff Blog|Comments Off on An integrated ecosystem model for the entire South Atlantic region

Large natural areas and the Underground Railroad

The Blueprint includes a diverse set of areas throughout the region due to their importance for natural and cultural resources. The historic aspects of many of these places aren't always easy to see with the current viewers and datasets. This post is the first in a series discussing the historical aspects of different parts of [...]

By |December 6th, 2017|Featured, Staff Blog|Comments Off on Large natural areas and the Underground Railroad

Blueprint implementation strategy complete

New versions of the South Atlantic and Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy Blueprints not enough for you? Good news, there's one more thing ready for release this month - the South Atlantic Conservation Blueprint Implementation Strategy.  This is the first version of a regularly updated document focusing on actions and approaches within Blueprint areas to improve [...]

By |November 3rd, 2017|Featured, Staff Blog|Comments Off on Blueprint implementation strategy complete

Need help with proposal for SARP aquatic restoration funds?

As many of you know, the 2018 SARP request for aquatic habitat restoration ideas is out and forms are due Dec. 1. If you'd like help using the Conservation Blueprint to show how your proposal fits into a larger conservation strategy, feel free to get in touch with me or Hilary. We'd be glad to [...]

By |November 3rd, 2017|Staff Blog|Comments Off on Need help with proposal for SARP aquatic restoration funds?

South Atlantic is global hotspot of turtle diversity

You've probably heard a number of the recent assessments showing how the South and the Southern Coastal Plain are global diversity hotspots. There's an interesting paper out in Nature Ecology and Evolution that looks more closely at global reptile richness. One of the more interesting patterns came out when they looked at global turtle species [...]

By |October 30th, 2017|Staff Blog|Comments Off on South Atlantic is global hotspot of turtle diversity

Blueprint 2.2 and implementation strategy release next month

Looks like everything's on track to release Version 2.2 of the South Atlantic Blueprint and the new Blueprint implementation strategy next month. The GIS layers are final, so your staff are just cleaning up the documentation, getting the viewers updated, etc. Here are the major improvements in this latest Blueprint update: Updated two indicators to [...]

By |October 5th, 2017|Featured, Staff Blog|Comments Off on Blueprint 2.2 and implementation strategy release next month

Review draft Blueprint 2.2 implementation strategy

Pathway to improving ecosystem integrity, part of the draft Blueprint implementation strategy. If you were at the spring Blueprint workshops, you'll probably remember that a new implementation strategy for the Blueprint is in the works. You might even remember that, through some of the activities, you were helping to create it. Even if [...]

By |September 6th, 2017|Featured, Staff Blog|Comments Off on Review draft Blueprint 2.2 implementation strategy
  • 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