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Functional diversity of South Atlantic fish communities

There’s nothing fishy about functional diversity! I am pleased to announce that back in October (2018), my co-authors and I published a research article in Transactions of the American Fisheries Society titled “State and Regional-Scale Patterns and Drivers of Freshwater Fish Functional Diversity in the Southeastern US.” This work was primarily conducted to assess the [...]

By |March 6th, 2019|Featured, Member Blog|Comments Off on Functional diversity of South Atlantic fish communities

Freshwater aquatic indicator revisions

The indicator testing and revision team is halfway though the process of revising the freshwater aquatic and waterscapes indicators. A few of these revisions are in pretty good shape and are ready for a broader set of folks to review: 1) Improved Riparian Buffer Indicator This new layer is finer scale, uses updated landcover, and [...]

By |December 7th, 2015|Blueprint Staff Blog, Featured|Comments Off on Freshwater aquatic indicator revisions

Science, modeling, and the distribution of biscuit-eating people

During my time working with the South Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative (South Atlantic LCC), a large part of my focus has been to help synthesize, create, streamline, and revise the spatial models of indicators for integration into Conservation Blueprint 2.0. During the workshops held this past spring, people asked hundreds of questions about individual indicators, [...]

By |June 8th, 2015|Blueprint Staff Blog|Comments Off on Science, modeling, and the distribution of biscuit-eating people

Ecosystem indicator revisions complete: Data access and next steps

Huge thanks to the more than 50 people from a diverse range of state, nonprofit, and federal organizations who were part of the ecosystem indicator testing and revision process. The revision process is now complete and the GIS layers for all the indicators are now up on the Conservation Planning Atlas. What's next? Later this month, [...]

By |February 4th, 2015|Blueprint Staff Blog|Comments Off on Ecosystem indicator revisions complete: Data access and next steps

2 week comment period for upland hardwood indicators

The Upland Hardwood Ecosystem Team now has recommendations for revisions to your cooperative's Upland Hardwood Indicators. These changes are now open for comment until December 22nd. You can either comment at the bottom of this post or email me directly (rua@southatlanticlcc.org) Here are the proposed changes to the Upland Hardwood Indicators: Index of upland hardwood [...]

By |December 8th, 2014|Blueprint Staff Blog|Comments Off on 2 week comment period for upland hardwood indicators

Indicator revisions: Marine this month

This month the indicator revision process will take on the marine ecosystem. Just like last month, the focus will primarily be on revising or replacing indicators that have clearly failed one of the practical criteria for indicators (They cannot be modeled based on current data and existing projects). As many of you that work in the [...]

By |November 3rd, 2014|Blueprint Staff Blog|Comments Off on Indicator revisions: Marine this month

2 week comment period for forested wetland Indicators

The forested wetland ecosystem team now has recommendations for revisions to your cooperative's forested wetland indicators. These changes are now open for comment until November 15th. You can either comment at the bottom of this post or email me directly (rua@southatlanticlcc.org) Here are the proposed changes to the forested wetland indicators: Index of forested wetland [...]

By |November 3rd, 2014|Blueprint Staff Blog|Comments Off on 2 week comment period for forested wetland Indicators

2 week comment period for freshwater aquatic indicators

The freshwater aquatic ecosystem team now has recommendations for revisions to your cooperative's freshwater aquatic indicators. These changes are now open for comment until October 22nd. You can either comment at the bottom of this post or email me directly (rua@southatlanticlcc.org) Here are the proposed changes to the freshwater aquatic indicators: Number of low impervious [...]

By |October 8th, 2014|Blueprint Staff Blog|Comments Off on 2 week comment period for freshwater aquatic indicators

Estuarine indicator revisions part 2

You may remember from last month that the estuarine ecosystem indicator revision team was exploring ways to integrate both wetland patch size and area of open water - vegetation edge into an Index of Wetland Structure. The intent was to capture important areas both for estuarine birds but also for shrimp, crabs, fish, and other [...]

By |August 29th, 2014|Blueprint Staff Blog|Comments Off on Estuarine indicator revisions part 2

Indicator revisions: Forested wetlands this month

The forested wetland ecosystem is one of the two ecosystems the indicator revision process will focus on this month. Just like last month, the focus will primarily be on revising or replacing indicators that have clearly failed one of the practical criteria for indicators (They cannot be modeled based on current data and existing projects). [...]

By |August 29th, 2014|Blueprint Staff Blog|Comments Off on Indicator revisions: Forested wetlands this month