Climate Change and Aquatic Ecosystems of the Great Northern LCC
Seth Wenger, is a staff scientist for Trout Unlimited whose current research focuses on potential effects of climate change on fish. He holds a PhD in Ecology from the University of Georgia.
Dan Isaak is a research fisheries scientist with the Rocky Mountain Research Station, U.S. Forest Service in Boise, Idaho. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Wyoming. His primary research interest is in understanding how climate change, disturbance, and biophysical interactions across spatial and temporal scales affect affect population dynamics and habitat in headwater streams.
Summary: Climate change is expected to significantly alter aquatic ecosystems of the Great Northern LCC. Seth Wenger and Dan Isaak present research results from broad-scale studies that characterize: (1) how trout species distributions are predicted to change under a warming climate, and which drivers are responsible; and (2) regional efforts to both monitor and model stream temperature responses associated with a warming climate.