Sponsored by the U.S. Geological Survey in partnership with The Wildlife Society
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is a non-regulatory federal agency that provides natural resources research capacity to federal, state, tribal, and non-governmental stakeholders. Since its founding more than 140 years ago as a mechanism for inventorying land resources, the USGS has gone through extensive changes in structure and scope to meet the need for expanded scientific capacity and understanding of our changing world.
Today, the USGS Ecosystems Mission Area serves a diversity of stakeholders in targeting these gaps in scientific understanding by studying the biological and environmental health-related threats faced by wildlife and human populations. During this session, we will explore how USGS Ecosystems science is working to expand our understanding of present-day challenges, including mechanisms for adapting to a changing climate, understanding emerging wildlife and zoonotic diseases, prioritizing conserved spaces for the diversity of wildlife and human populations, and expanding on cooperative research projects that incorporate indigenous ecological understanding and practitioners.