Impact of Climate Change on Biodiversity, Forestry and Conservation

Current scientific and empirical evidence on impact of climate change on biodiversity, forestry and conservation

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COORDINATOR Dr. Dominique Bachelet Director, Climate Change Science
The Nature Conservancy 120 East Union, Suite 214  Olympia WA 98501
Tel: (360) 943-1146 Cell: (206) 604-5549 Fax: (360) 956-9445  (bio) 

Dr. Molly Cross, Ph.D.
WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society), Bozeman, Montana (preliminary yes). Research Interests: Incorporating climate change into habitat conservation planning; bridging the divide between climate change science and on-the-ground conservation activities; modeling invasive plant species distributions in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem


Dr. Erica Fleishman Ph.D
Director, Conservation and Resource Management Program
National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis
735 State St., Suite 300, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 892-2530


Lee Hannah, Adjunct Faculty, Senior Research Fellow, Conservation International
Lee Hannah is Senior Fellow in Climate Change Biology at Conservation Internationalís (CI) Center for Applied Biodiversity Science. Tracking with his interest in the role of climate change in conservation planning and methods of corridor design, he heads CIís efforts to develop conservation responses to climate change. He works collaboratively with the Bren School and UC Santa Barbara to model climate impacts on species in California, and with the National Botanical Institute in Cape Town, South Africa to model biotic change resulting from global warming in biodiversity hot spots in that region. He has written on the global extent of wilderness and the role of communities in the management of protected areas.

Contact Information: Office: Bren Hall 3410 Phone: 805-893-7067 Fax: 805-893-7612
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Mailing Address:
Donald Bren School of Environmental Science & Management
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-5131


Dr. Rebecca Shaw , Ph.D.
Director of conservation science for The Nature Conservancyís California Program, where she oversees an interdisciplinary team of scientific and technical experts. Prior to joining The Nature Conservancy, she conducted research at The Carnegie Institutionís Department of Global Ecology at Stanford University on the impacts of global change on plant communities, ecosystem processes and biodiversity. Dr. Shaw has published numerous articles, including several in the leading journals Science and Nature, and has won numerous fellowships for her research. She holds a B.A. in biology from UC Santa Barbara and an M.A. in environmental policy and a Ph.D. in ecology from UC Berkeley.


Gary Tabor, VMD, MES
Wildlife Conservation Society E-mail: 
Dr. Gary Tabor, is presently the head of the Wilburforce Foundation's Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Program, which promotes science and conservation to maintain ecological connectivity between parks and protected areas in the Rocky Mountain region of US and Canada. Dr. Tabor moved to Bozeman, Montana in February 2000 after serving as Founding Executive Director of the Center for Conservation Medicine, an ecological health collaborative between Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, the Wildlife Trust, Harvard Medical School, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the USGS National Wildlife Health Center.

Trained as a wildlife veterinarian (University of Pennsylvania) and an ecologist (Yale University), Dr. Tabor's career spans international and North American wildlife conservation domains. His international conservation background includes eight years of work in East Africa with the Wildlife Conservation Society and the African Wildlife Foundation and one year in Surinam and Panama with Cornell University and National Geographic Research. He has also served as a biodiversity consultant to the Global Environmental Facility of the World Bank, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Swedish International Development Authority and most recently with the Danish Ministry of Environment and Energy.


Larry W. Roeder, Jr., MS.
United Nations Affairs Director, WSPA, World Society for the Protection of Animals.

Former Policy Adviser on Disaster Management 1994-2005, US Department of State, with focus on risk reduction and response. Led working group on animal welfare at the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, Kobe, Japan. .



Teresa Flores Bedregal , President, Bolivian Wildlife Society  .




(1) Winter Ecard: Polar bear, Churchill, Canada, © Lindsey P. Martin