Survival in times of change: climate and salmon of the Oregon Coast Range
Thursday, May 5th @ 6:30pm
Central Lincoln Peoples Utility District
2129 N Coast Hwy, Newport, OR 97365
The public is invited to a talk by researcher Rebecca Flitcroft at the MidCoast Watersheds Council meeting on Thursday, May 5th, 2016 at 6:30 pm in Newport, to learn about salmon and climate change. The meeting will be held in the public meeting room at the Central Lincoln PUD building, located at 2129 N Coast Hwy in Newport, across from the Safeway complex. Refreshments will be served.
Dr. Rebecca Flitcroft is a Research Fish Biologist with the USDA Forest Service at the Pacific Northwest Research Station in Oregon. Her research focuses on aquatic systems from the headwaters to the ocean. She uses both statistical and physical representations of stream networks and estuaries in analysis and monitoring to more realistically represent system complexity and connectivity for aquatic species.
In her work, Rebecca has collaborated with federal, state, private and non-profit organizations. Native aquatic species are adapted to survive in the range of environmental conditions present in their natural habitats. This adaptation reflects past survival and reproduction by members of the population. In the Pacific Northwest, few species have such diverse behaviors as salmonids. This reflects the complexity of their genetic lineage and allows them to survive in remarkably variable and dynamic stream conditions.
One questions scientists are asking is how well salmonids will survive under future climates that may affect their habitats from small headwater streams to salty tidal channels. In this talk, Dr. Flitcroft will discuss the development and adaptation of Pacific salmon to Northwest stream environments, and some of the changes we may expect to see in the future.
Please join us Thursday May 5th at 6:30 for this presentation.