Beyond Flooding: Climate Conversations Lecture Series

City of Olympia
Date of Release: May 03, 2018

Michelle Stevie
Habitat Biologist

Beyond Flooding: Climate Conversations Lecture Series

Climate Issues – It’s Complicated

Climate Conversations will continue with Species Shifts and Habitat Changes. We will have two speakers, Aaron Dufault and Jessica Halofsky. Jessica Halofsky is a research ecologist with the University of Washington and is affiliated with Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station. Jessica received an M.S. in Forestry from Penn State and a Ph.D. in Forest Science from Oregon State University. Her research interests include fire and disturbance ecology, vegetation dynamics, and climate change (ecosystem impacts and adaptation). Jessica pioneered one of the first climate change vulnerability assessment and adaptation projects with Olympic National Forest and Park. She is currently working on climate change science and adaptation projects across the western U.S.

Aaron Dufault currently works as a Salmon Policy Analyst for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, where he primarily works on managing salmon fisheries within Puget Sound. His past work in graduate school was focused on the effects of Ocean Acidification on corals, and since that time he has maintained his interest in climate change research. His talk will address how climate change is anticipated to impact salmon in the Pacific Northwest.

Join us again next month for our final talk Effects of Wildfire and Climate addressing wildfires in western Washington.

Beyond Flooding: Climate Conversations Lecture Series

  • Species Shifts and Habitat Changes
  • Wednesday, May 9
  • 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
  • Olympia City Hall, 601 4th Avenue E., Olympia

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