Biological Thresholds in the Context of Climate Adaptation (Free)

This is an online event


To better predict the response of plants and wildlife to climate change, natural and cultural resource managers seek to understand the mechanisms that drive changes in the distribution and abundance of plant and animal species, including any thresholds (non-linear responses) that might soon be crossed. Through this workshop, we will identify climate-driven or management thresholds for populations, ecosystems, and landscapes to inform climate change adaptation and cultural/natural management plans as well as explore research opportunities for future work. 

This workshop will:

  • Introduce the concept of biological thresholds through the lens of Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center (NE CASC) science 
  • Explore biological thresholds through case studies
  • Engage cultural/natural resource management perspectives and priorities
  • Provide a forum for discussing adaptation strategies and research opportunities

Dates and Times

Wednesday, October 7th:  10:30-11:30 AM & 1:30-2:30 PM
Thursday, October 8th: 1:30-2:45 PM

Registration Information

Please register by August 8th using this form: When you register, you will be asked to complete a brief pre-workshop survey. Your responses will be used to help shape workshop content. We will email you the information necessary to access the workshop approximately two weeks prior to the event. 


Our multi-session workshop program has been specifically designed to engage an online audience and will include the following components:

  • October 7th: 10:30-11:30 AM & 1:30-2:30 PM
    • Introduction to thresholds and NE CASC science (Tom Bonnot and Toni Lyn Morelli) 
    • Case studies to demonstrate research on thresholds  
      • Forests: Tony D’Amato
      • Atlantic coasts: Michelle Staudinger
      • Invasive plants: Bethany Bradley
    • Management panel (facilitated by Richard Palmer) 
  • October 8th: 1:30-2:45 PM
    • Survey results (Tony D’Amato) 
    • Facilitated small group discussions on thresholds science and management