Speaker: Jim Thorne
As climate change intensifies, some landscapes will be able to hold their own with existing vegetation able to buffer the impacts. Identifying and mapping these areas of relative stability mark a path toward conserving them and the habitat and services they provide to wildlife and humans. Jim Thorne is the lead author of a recent study that maps these places. The study found that about 15 percent of natural lands in California serve as vegetation refugia for the state’s plants, including trees, shrubs, annuals and perennials. This mapping approach can help natural resource managers prioritize and plan climate-adaptive management efforts, such as wildlife habitat conservation and post-wildfire restoration.
Jim Thorne is a research scientist with the UC Davis Department of Environmental Science and Policy. He is a graduate from the University of California system, and has focused most of his work around applied conservation questions in California. He has worked in most of the state’s ecoregions over a career spanning 35 years.