Migrations in Motion: An Animated Map of Climate-Driven Species Movement

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) recently developed an incredibly cool animated map that depicts how more than 2,900 species of birds, mammals and amphibians might migrate in response to rising sea levels and temperatures. The flow model, called Migrations in Motion, draws from research published in Ecology Letters in 2013, “Projected climate-driven faunal movement routes,” which Professor Josh Lawler coauthored with Professor Julian Olden from the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, former SEFS grad student Aaron Ruesch (’11, M.S.), and Brad McRae, a senior landscape ecologist with TNC.

The map drew some immediate press coverage, including in Wired, which rightly calls the animation “mesmerizing, if unsettling” in its story, “Here’s Where Species Will Flee Because of Global Warming.”

Unlike the idle screengrab below, the actual map pulses with color and activity. Take a look!

Image of Migrations in Motion © The Nature Conservancy.

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Wildlife Science Seminar: Spring Schedule Announced!

Wildlife SeminarThe Wildlife Science Seminar series for the 2013 Spring Quarter kicks off this coming Monday, April 1, with Professor Julian Olden from the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences (SAFS) with his talk, “Invasive Species: Envisioning Alternative Global Futures in the New Pangaea.”

Hosted by Professor Christian Grue—an adjunct with the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, and an associate professor with SAFS—the seminars are held on Mondays at 3:30 p.m. in Kane Hall 130. (Undergraduate students may register for credit under ESRM 455, and graduate students under ESRM 554.)

The public is welcome and encouraged to come!

Check out the rest of the schedule below:

April 8
Animal Wise: The Thoughts and Emotions of Our Fellow Creatures
Virginia Morell, author and contributing correspondent, Science Magazine

April 15
Reptiles: Up Close and Personal
Issac Petersen, “Son of Reptile Man,” The Reptile Zoo, Monroe, Wash.

April 22
The Complexities and Challenges of Managing Washington’s Fish and Wildlife
Brad Smith, commissioner, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Dean Emeritus, Huxley College of the Environment, Western Washington University

April 29
Measuring Ecological Integrity on Rangelands: Why and How?
Linda Hardesty, School of the Environment, Washington State University

May 6
Exposure of Northwest Amphibians to Aquatic Herbicides
Amy Yahnke, School of Aquatic & Fishery Sciences, UW

May 13
Ducks Unlimited in the Pacific Northwest
Mark Petrie, manager of conservation planning, Ducks Unlimited, NW Region

May 20
An Endangered Songbird in Central Texas: The Population Dynamics of the Black-capped Vireo (Vireo atricapilla)
Lauren Seckel, Wildlife Science Group, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, UW

May 27
Memorial Day

June 3
Using Non-invasive Techniques to Examine Patterns of Black Bear Abundance in the North Cascades Ecosystem
Kristin Richardson, Wildlife Science Group, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, UW