Adaptation

Evolution in the Anthropocene. Jason Munshi-South

Jason Munshi-South, Director of the Munshi-South lab at Fordham University’s Louis Calder Center, describes ongoing efforts to develop white-footed mice (and a few other species) in New York City as models for examining the evolutionary implications of urbanization. Also discussed are potential similarities between evolutionary responses to climate change and urbanization. Jason’s lab integrates complementary approaches from landscape ecology, urban ecology, and population genomics.

Cold-adapted Species May Be Winners Under Climate Change

As the climate warms, all species will either need to find new habitats with similar temperatures to those they currently occupy or evolve new thermal tolerances. Recent research by Araujo and colleagues suggests that some species may be able to adapt to new, higher temperatures better than others. Specifically, the authors analyzed the heat and cold tolerance capabilities of 2740 terrestrial

Karen Hussey: Large-scale Electrification: The Stress Nexus With Water

Karen Hussey is Associate Professor at the Fenner School of Environment and Society at the Australian National University (ANU) where she undertakes research on policies, institutions and governance for sustainable development. She leads several projects assessing the effectiveness of Australian laws and policies for supporting adaptation to climate change.

Land Use Planning for Mitigating & Adapting to Climate Change: Local Examples

Alex Felson discusses examples of ecological land use planning and site-level green infrastructure in seaside Connecticut communities that represent mitigation and adaptation strategies in anticipation of climate change.  Dr. Felson has joint appointments with Yale’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and the School of Architecture.

Hurricane Sandy Task Force COO Marion McFadden on "Rebuilding Stronger"

Connecticut-born Marion McFadden, Chief Operating Officer of the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task describes the history of the task force and how it’s helping the region rebuild “smarter and stronger than before” with science as the foundation of the world.  Her presentation was part of a YCEI-sponsored town hall meeting entitled, “Climate Change in New England: What’s Next?” which explored how global warming will affect New England in the 21st century and how the region is preparing for the coming changes.

First United Nations Resilience Academy Held in Bangladesh

By Elizabeth Tellman

Densely populated, and with 80% of its area located on a floodplain within 8 meters of sea-level1, Bangladesh is one of the world’s most flood-prone nations.  As such it’s an appropriate setting for a series of two United Nations University Resilience Academies that convene experts in research, policy and practical applications to help developing nations deal with the effects of climate change.

Cloud Seeding: A Geo-Engineered Response to Climate Change?

Clouds, air pollutants, and the underlying landscapes all impact Earth’s energy budget in complex and competing ways.  Atmospheric scientists from Yale and Tokyo’s Todai University gathered at a YCEI sponsored forum in September to share how they use climate models to study how humans affect this nuanced system—and how we can possibly counteract global warming by manipulating cloud formation.

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