The National Science Foundation recently awarded NW CSC University of Washington Graduate Fellow, Ian Breckheimer, a postdoctoral fellowship to support his research with Andrew Richardson at Harvard University. He'll start his new position on November 1st, combining information about plants from digital collections, volunteer citizen-scientists, and cutting-edge computer algorithms with environmental information from satellites and weather stations to study how climate impacts reproductive timing in mountain wildflowers. His work will develop new ways of monitoring biodiversity and help explain how geographic distributions and species responses affect climate vulnerability in plants.
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Across the Northwest, melt-off from mountain snowpack is an important source of summer water, supporting irrigation, native fish and hydropower. A new paper in the journal Hydrological Processes examines how alpine forest cover influences snowpack, providing insights that will help managers protect regional sources of summer water. The study was funded by the Northwest Climate Science Center and was undertaken as a collaborative effort between researchers at University of Washington, Oregon State University, University of Idaho, and Seattle Public Utilities. Susan Dickerson-Lange, lead author on the paper will present the results at the 2017 Salmon Recovery Conference next month.