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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Faculty Search: Professor of Practice

We are pleased to announce a faculty search for an accomplished conservation leader to serve in a joint position as the Lead Scientist for the Nature Conservancy in Washington and Professor of Practice in SEFS and the Center for Creative Conservation (CCC). The successful candidate will work in collaboration to identify and address science needs underpinning the most pressing conservation issues in the region and beyond. This non-tenure position will be a 100 percent full-time (50 percent at UW and 50 percent at TNC), 9-month appointment that also has funding for the summer months in the initial year of appointment. The appointment period will be for five years with a possible renewal after that time.

Read more about the full position description and requirements. Applications should include a letter describing your expertise and experience in conservation leadership, research and teaching, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references. The letter should include a brief statement on how your experience demonstrates a commitment to conservation and to diversity and inclusion through leadership and scholarship or by improving access to the conservation field or higher education for underrepresented individuals or groups.

For questions or additional information about this position, please contact Melissa Garvey (mgarvey@tnc.org) or Josh Lawler (jlawler@uw.edu). Applications must be submitted to sefsjobs@uw.edu, and for best consideration please apply by February 1, 2016. We hope you’ll help us circulate the posting as widely as possible!