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.

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|Featured, Staff Blog|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|Featured, Staff Blog|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|Featured, Staff Blog|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|Featured, Staff Blog|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|Featured, Staff Blog|Comments Off on Too many social connections can be bad and other lessons from network science

New data on military priorities, greenways and trails, and water benefits of forest management coming soon

Preliminary look at the military training route dataset. In addition to the new data just posted on at-risk and range restricted species, there are a few other datasets we're hoping to make available to you in the next month or two. Military training routes: These areas are important for high speed, low altitude [...]

By |April 5th, 2018|Featured, Staff Blog|Comments Off on New data on military priorities, greenways and trails, and water benefits of forest management coming soon

Short videos for explaining terrestrial and aquatic connectivity to the public

Here are couple of short videos that can help explain connectivity issues to a broad variety of folks: Aquatic diversity and connectivity in the South https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKif9iOYM6E Terrestrial connectivity in general https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cswQpkHiPOs

By |March 9th, 2018|Featured, Staff Blog|Comments Off on Short videos for explaining terrestrial and aquatic connectivity to the public

TNC vs NFWF coastal resilience assessments

Barrier Islands in North Carolina | Credit: iStock There are a ton of coastal resilience assessments going on lately in the South Atlantic. There are two regional ones in particular that I get a lot of questions about: one by the Nature Conservancy and one by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Both [...]

By |March 9th, 2018|Featured, Staff Blog|Comments Off on TNC vs NFWF coastal resilience assessments

City in Ontario installs underground frog crossings

Normally, discussions about road crossings for wildlife focus on large mammals. As most of you know, road traffic is also a huge source of mortality for amphibians and reptiles in the South. Here's a nice example from Canada of road crossings to designed specifically for them.

By |January 31st, 2018|Featured, Staff Blog|Comments Off on City in Ontario installs underground frog crossings

Want to help review a new greenways and trails indicator?

One important cultural resource that's not well captured in the Blueprint and State of the South Atlantic is greenways and trails. Creating a new indicator to cover them is a major recommendation for the Blueprint in an upcoming report from the American Planning Association. Plus, a number of you have been asking for better ways [...]

By |January 2nd, 2018|Featured, Staff Blog|Comments Off on Want to help review a new greenways and trails indicator?