Working Groups bring together multi-disciplinary teams of academics, USGS staff, Tribal Nations, representatives from state agencies, other stakeholders, and students to address regionally-relevant emerging issues and to develop syntheses of topics to inform science needs and improve co-production.
Working Group Topics and Leads
Ecosystem Services and Global Change
Integrate natural capital/ecosystem services into natural resource and wildlife management decisions to improve communications with stakeholders, linkages with partners, consideration of co-benefits and unintended consequences and potentially providing a way to track status and trends of these benefits that nature provides to people.
Lead: Lydia Olander (Duke University)
Coastal Resilience to Global Change
Elucidate the needs/gaps and opportunities for coastal resilience in the southeastern U.S. region through development of a network of researchers among consortium members, leveraging existing efforts and stakeholder connections.
Leads: Karen McNeal (Auburn University), Micheal Allen (University of Florida), Lydia Olander (Duke University)
Evaluation of Actionable Science
Identify factors that increase the likelihood that joint science and action objectives of actionable science projects are being met. Evaluate factors in select SE CASC-funded projects.
Leads: Paul Armsworth (University of Tennessee), Karen McNeal (Auburn University)
Water Supply and Demand in a Changing Climate
Utilize a stakeholder-scientist partnership to increase the relevance of climate science data and tools at relevant time and space scales to support decision-making in water resource management, planning, and supply operations that is protective of aquatic ecosystems.
Lead: Wendy Graham (University of Florida)
Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy
Coordinate efforts of the Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center, Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, and the Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy. Evaluate conservation communication framing strategies and changes in how wildlife management is prioritized by the public.
Lead: Nils Peterson (NC State University)
Southeast Regional Invasive Species and Climate Change Management Network
Establish a Southeast Regional Invasive Species and Climate Change Management Network (SE RISCC) to coordinate and share information for regional management of invasive species. Determine the information needs of managers and develop a strategy to address those needs through targeted research and communication. Leads: Brett Scheffers (University of Florida), Deah Lieurance (University of Florida)