Talk on Climate and Salmon

June 2, 2022 - 6:30 PM
MidCoast Watersheds Council

Rebecca Flitcroft in the field.
Rebecca Flitcroft in the field.

Native aquatic species are adapted to survive the wide range of conditions present in their natural habitats. From small headwaters streams to salty tidal channels, few species have such diverse behaviors as salmonids. The complexity of their genetic lineage allows them to survive in remarkably variable and dynamic stream conditions. One question scientists are still asking is, “How well will salmonids survive in future climates that will affect their habitats?”

In this talk, Dr. Flitcroft will discuss the development and adaptation of Pacific salmon to Northwest stream environments, and some of the changes we may expect to see in the future, including how scientists may go about answering this question.

Flitcroft, a research fish biologist with the U.S. Forest Service, is based with the Pacific Northwest Research Station and co-chairs the Freshwater Specialist Group with the World Commission on Protected Areas. She received her doctorate in Fisheries Science and Masters of Science in Natural Resource Geography from Oregon State University. Her current research focuses on Pacific salmonids, multiscale aquatic ecosystem assessments over time, effects of disturbances on aquatic ecosystems and native biota, community-based conservation planning, and aquatic biodiversity.

Register for the event here:  https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0tf-mqqTMoGt2UUt0mItsOujxPsOmXz2bk