Eight individuals and organizations, including Rocky Mountain Research Station’s Dr. Megan Friggens, received honors at the National Adaptation Forum as recipients of the Climate Adaptation Leadership Award for Natural Resources.
Dr. Friggens, research ecologist with the Grassland, Shrubland, and Desert Ecosystems science program, received an Honorable Mention for her work developing innovative methods to assess the effects of climate on wildlife and habitats. Through workshops, webinars, and web-based tools she transfers this knowledge to federal, state and private land stakeholders. She is developing a spatially explicit model to predict fire damage on cultural resources and adapting a vulnerability assessment framework to explore implications of climate change impacts for fire regimes. Friggens co-developed and published applications of a vulnerability assessment tool called System for Assessing Vulnerable Species to help provide a foundation for developing adaptation strategies.