Broad-scale Approaches to Understanding Disturbance Dynamics Across Conservation Landscapes
Presenter: Erik Beever, USGS Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center
Summary: When performing hypothesis-driven research or monitoring over large spatial areas, how should one deal with the natural (clinal) variability that exists across those broad spatial extents? This presentation will cover approaches used to address questions regarding natural and anthropogenic disturbance, when working at broad scales. The presentation will span several ecosystem types and types of ecological disturbance, as well as diverse focal response variables (e.g., mammals, plants, soils, amphibians, reptiles). For example, when investigating the effects of a non-native grazer on reptiles across sites with different species pools (due to biogeography), how might one assess the effects of that grazer on reptile-community completeness? Such techniques will be critical to working at broad spatial scales, as embodied by the newly emerging Landscape Conservation Cooperatives and other broad-scale research and monitoring efforts (e.g., National Phenological Network, NEON, ARMI). Lively discussion welcomed.