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Photo of Corridor designs when optimizing for (a) grizzly bears only, (b) wolverines only, (c) both grizzly bears and wolverines with higher priority for grizzly bears, and (d) both grizzly bears and wolverines with lower priority for grizzly bears. U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 951
Designing Cost-effective Biodiversity Corridors

A new optimization technique will help conservation biologists choose the most cost-effective ways of connecting isolated populations of rare sp ...

Principal Investigator : Kevin S. McKelvey

Wildlife and Fish2016RMRS
Photo of Modeled bull trout habitat in western Montana and northern Idaho. Color coding indicates the estimated likelihood of a stream providing spawning and rearing habitat for bull trout.  USDA Forest Service
ID: 836
Detection and Range Delineation of Bull Trout Using Environmental DNA

The bull trout is listed as an endanged species that relies on cold stream environments across the Northwest and is expected to decline with cli ...

Principal Investigator : Kevin S. McKelvey

Wildlife and Fish
Inventory and Monitoring
2015RMRS
Photo of Westslope cutthroat trout, native to the Columbia River and upper Missouri River hybridize with introduced rainbow trout and have been extirpated from large portions of their historical range. U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 1143
Headwater Streams are Resistant to Trout Hybridization

Hybridization between native and introduced species is noted as an important player in the decline of native species. The potential for hybridiz ...

Principal Investigator : Kevin S. McKelvey

Wildlife and Fish
Water, Air, and Soil
2016RMRS
Photo of High-resolution stream temperature scenario developed from data at over 20,000 sites and used to precisely map locations of climate refugia for cold-water species. U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 1025
Mapping Climate Refugia to Preserve Cold-water Biodiversity Using Crowd-sourced Databases

Climate change is rapidly altering stream and river environments across the western U.S. and may threaten the long-term persistence of populatio ...

Principal Investigator : Kevin S. McKelvey

Water, Air, and Soil
Wildlife and Fish
Inventory and Monitoring
2016RMRS
Photo of RMRS Research Ecologist Michael Schwartz collects eDNA samples from Rattlesnake Creek in Missoula, Montana. Photo credit Kellie Carim
ID: 1520
The eDNAtlas project: A national map of aquatic biodiversity

eDNA sampling provides a low-cost & sensitive method for determining which species occur in water bodies. Rapid adoption of eDNA sampling by man ...

Principal Investigator : Kevin S. McKelvey

Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
Invasive Species
Inventory and Monitoring
Wildlife and Fish
Outdoor Recreation
2018RMRS
Photo of Region 4 Science Partner Program groundwater dependent ecosystems team members collect data.
ID: 1429
The Region 4 — RMRS Science Partner Program: Working to improve management strategies and communication through shared stewardship

In 2016, the Rocky Mountain Research Station launched the Region 4—Rocky Mountain Research Station Science Partner Pilot program. The program' ...

Principal Investigator : Kevin S. McKelvey

Outdoor Recreation
Resource Management and Use
Inventory and Monitoring
Water, Air, and Soil
Wildlife and Fish
2018RMRS