Rua Mordecai

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About Rua Mordecai

Rua coordinates science for the South Atlantic and Southeast Blueprints. He helps integrate feedback from users, local experts, and ongoing research to improve the Blueprints.

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

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|Blueprint Staff Blog, Featured|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|Blueprint Staff Blog, Featured|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|Blueprint Staff Blog, Featured|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|Blueprint Staff Blog, Featured|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|Blueprint Staff Blog, Featured|Comments Off on Want to help review a new greenways and trails indicator?

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|Blueprint Staff Blog, Featured|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|Blueprint Staff Blog, Featured|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|Blueprint Staff Blog, Featured|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|Blueprint Staff Blog|Comments Off on Need help with proposal for SARP aquatic restoration funds?