The evidence that wildlife populations are responding to modern climate change is now overwhelming. There is strong scientific consensus that environmental tipping points are being crossed, and many species are adapting (or failing to adapt) to novel climatic conditions. Our lab focuses on advancing the field of climate change ecology by studying the impact of climate change on wildlife. We are interested in how forces of climate and land use change drive biological changes at the level of individuals and populations and how these then combine to form ecological patterns across entire regions or continents. We take a diverse approach ranging from micro- to macro-ecological investigations. Our goal is to develop cutting edge research focusing on the how species are vulnerable to climate change from local to global scales.
Managing wildlife under climate change has no single, perfect solution. As such, we work closely with several natural resource agencies and initiatives including the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts, and the Midwest Climate Adaptation Science Center. We work in close collaboration with natural resource managers, and in doing so, our research allows wildlife managers and stakeholders to make critical decisions in climate change adaptation.