How can we manage for upcoming biological invasions in the light of climate change?
This question, which plagues natural resources managers, was the driving force behind the establishment of a new collaboration between the New York Invasive Species Research Institute, faculty at the University of Massachusetts, and climate scientists at the Northeast Climate Science Center.
Kicking off this initiative, on July 21st, 2016 a workshop was held to address this very question. Participants from nine different natural resource agencies were in attendance, and represented five states in the Northeast region.
Presentations and discussions from the workshop generated a clearer understanding of the information needs of land managers as well as a list recommendations for future research directions and potential next steps moving forward.
The full summary of these results can be found in the formal report: Northeast Invasive Species and Climate Change Workshop Report
Projection of summer temperatures in NY under different emissions scenarios, Credit: Union of Concerned Scientists