Project: 29897d17-ad67-4b81-ac32-b178e8a68faa

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Project Title
Evaluating the 'Bottom Up' Effects of Changing Habitats: Climate Changes, Vegetative Phenology, and the Nutrient Dynamics of Ungulate Forages
The Arctic LCC and USGS have partnered together to incorporate historic calving and summer ranges of the Western Arctic caribou herd into ongoing inter-agency research and monitoring efforts on the influence of climate changes on the nutrient dynamics of ungulate forages.
Point of Contact(s)
LCC Network Data Steward
LCC Network Data Manager
Arctic Landscape Conservation Cooperative
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
1011 E. Tudor Rd
Anchorage, Alaska 99503
V: +1 907 7863532
Arctic Landscape Conservation Cooperative
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
1011 E. Tudor Rd
Anchorage, Alaska 99503
V: +1 907 7863532
Dave Gustine, PhD
Research Wildlife Biologist
4210 University Drive
Anchorage, Alaska 99508
V: +1 907 7867435
Kyle Joly, Ph.D.
Wildlife Biologist
4175 Geist Road
Fairbanks, Alaska 99709
V: +1 907 4550626
Perry Barboza, Ph.D.
909 N Koyukuk Drive
Fairbanks, Alaska 99775
V: +1 907 4747142
John Pearce
Wildlife Biologist
V: +1 907 7867094
Wendy Loya
LCC Coordinator
V: +1 907 786 x3532

Project Abstract

To elucidate these potential “bottom up” effects of climate changes to Arctic ungulates and evaluate the trophic mismatch hypothesis, the Arctic Landscape Conservation Cooperative (ALCC), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Teck, Inc., and the National Park Service provided funding in 2012-14 to incorporate the calving and summer range of the Western Arctic caribou herd (WAH) into an ongoing inter-agency research and monitoring effort to examine the influences of climate change on the nutrient dynamics of caribou forages. This work is leveraging existing projects on the North Slope of Alaska that are primarily funded through the USGS Changing Arctic Ecosystems Initiative. Field work on the spatio-temporal characteristics of summer habitats for the Teshekpuk (TCH) and Central Arctic (CAH) caribou herds commenced in May 2011 and terminated in September 2013; these efforts were fully funded through the USGS and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (Fig. 1). Fieldwork in northwest Alaska commenced in May 2013 and terminated in October 2014. The north-south transect along the western boundary of the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (Fig. 1) was intended to: 1) expand the scope and inference of these current habitat monitoring efforts, 2) facilitate spatio-temporal comparisons of habitat characteristics among historical ranges of caribou, and 3) improve the empirical framework for bio-climate models that will help to evaluate the potential nutritional implications of a warming Arctic to important subsistence resources, such as caribou and other ungulate populations, throughout the North Slope.

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Project Keywords

  • ISO 19115 Topic Category (isoTopicCategory):
    • biota,
    • environment
  • Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords (theme):
    • MAMMALS,
    • PLANTS
  • End User Types - Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCC End User Type):
    • State agencies,
    • Federal resource managers,
    • Academics & scientific researchers
  • Project Category - Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCC Project Category):
    • Population & Habitat Evaluation/Projection,
    • Vulnerability Assessment