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SCIENCEx Webinars

Connecting Research with the Nation's Forest and Grassland Managers

Science X image What: The SCIENCEx webinar series brings together scientists and land management experts from across U.S. Forest Service research stations and beyond to explore the latest science and best practices for addressing large natural resource challenges across the country.

These webinars will be primarily management focused, but with applicability for participants from across sectors. SCIENCEx will typically be organized as week-long webinar ‘blitzes’ around salient topics, allowing for deep-dives into subtopics or dynamics within specific geographies.

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Upcoming Webinars

SCIENCE x Climate Change

When: October 25-29, 2021 - 11-12 Pacific / 12-1 Mountain / 1-2 Central / 2-3 Eastern
Where: Join ZoomGov Meeting
Meeting ID: 161 0453 0612
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Monday, October 25: SCIENCE x Climate Change: Assessing our Future Forests

  • Resources Planning Act (RPA) Assessment: informing forest and grassland management, planning, and regional assessment, presented by Jennifer Costanza
  • Vulnerability assessment tools for setting priorities and identifying management targets, presented by Megan Friggens
  • Identifying climate change vulnerabilities and adaptation options for western U.S. national forests, presented by Jessica Halofsky and David L. Peterson

Tuesday, October 26: SCIENCE x Climate Change: Adapting to Future Conditions

  • The Wildlife Adaptation Menu: a new tool for wildlife managers, presented by Stephen Handler
  • Climate adaptive silviculture in an urban floodplain forest, presented by Leslie Brandt
  • The role of climate and landscape change context in shaping forest dynamics, presented by Kristen Emmett

Wednesday, October 27: SCIENCE x Climate Change: Modeling Tools for Management

  • Vegetation shifts with climate change: Applying the MC2 model, presented by John Kim
  • Incorporating future forest dynamics under climate change into landscape restoration planning: An application to the Central Sierras, presented by Nick Povak, Patricia Manley, Kristen Wilson
  • TACCIMO/FAMOUS – Connecting forest planning and operation with climate change challenges in the 21st Century, presented by Jennifer Bakken

Thursday, October 28: SCIENCE x Climate Change: Management and Planning Tools

  • Web-based tools for determining seed sources for reforestation and restoration for current and future climates, presented by Brad St. Clair
  • The California seed zone map and post-fire reforestation in a warmer future, presented by Jessica Wright
  • PhenoMap: Providing timely rangeland vegetation assessments in a changing climate, presented by Jacqueline Ott, Charlie Schrader-Patton, Nancy Grulke

Friday, October 29: SCIENCE x Climate Change: Shifting Life

  • Desired regeneration through assisted migration, presented by Dustin Bronson
  • Projected changes to an Arizona Sky Island are a harbinger of climate-fire effects on other western forests, presented by Kit O'Connor
  • Silvicultural strategies to improve post-fire reforestation success under climate change, presented by Chris Looney

SCIENCE x Socioeconomic Dimensions of Land Management

When: December 6-10, 2021 - 11-12 Pacific / 12-1 Mountain / 1-2 Central / 2-3 Eastern
Where: Join ZoomGov Meeting
Meeting ID: 161 0453 0612
Password: USFS1905!
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Monday, December 6: SCIENCE x Forest and Rangeland Livelihoods

  • Leveraging demand for renewable energy and innovative bioproducts to facilitate forest restoration, presented by Nate Anderson
  • What happened to wood products markets in 2020 and 2021 in the United States?, presented by Jeff Prestemon
  • Managing wolves and livestock on national forests in the West, presented by Susan Charnley

Tuesday, December 7: SCIENCE x Protecting Ecosystem Services

Wednesday, December 8: SCIENCE x Bounty Beneath Our Feet

  • Why is biochar so important?, presented by Debbie Page-Dumroese
  • Establishing pollinator habitat in log landings after timber sales begins with restoring the soil, presented by John Kabrick
  • Soil organic carbon, presented by Andy Coulter and Stephanie Connolly

Thursday, December 9: SCIENCE x Urban Interfaces

Friday, December 10: SCIENCE x Getting Outside

  • Managing winter recreation and sensitive species on Colorado’s public lands: Do humans and Canada lynx select the same habitat?, presented by Lucretia Olson
  • Considering the benefits of recreation in program reporting and decision-making, presented by Eric White
  • Latinix outdoor recreation, presented by Jose Sanchez

Past Webinars

SCIENCE x Post-Disturbance Restoration

When: April 5-9, 2021 - 11-12 Pacific / 12-1 Mountain / 1-2 Central / 2-3 Eastern
Where:  Adobe Connect link.


April 5: SCIENCE x Fire Disturbance (day 1) Recorded webinar link:
  • Understanding Post Wildfire Management Effects on Stand Structure and Woody Fuel Loadings, presented by Morris Johnson
  • Where to Intervene in Wildfire-Altered Forests in California, presented by Jonathan Long
  • Fire-Catalyzed Forest Conversions: Causes, Consequences, and Potential Paths Forward, presented by Sean Parks

April 6: SCIENCE x Fire Disturbance (day 2) Recorded webinar link:

  • What Do We Do Now? Extending Forest Restoration to Post-Fire Management in Dry Coniferous Forests, presented by Dave W. Peterson
  • Fire Severity Prediction on the Stanislaus National Forest: Management Implications, presented by Stacy Drury
  • A Demonstration of the Climate Smart Restoration Tool, a User-Friendly Seed Transfer Mapping Tool for Current and Future Climates, presented by Bryce Richardson

April 7: SCIENCE x Flood Disturbance and Erosion Recorded webinar link:

  • Title TBD, presented by Keith Nislow
  • Dirt Goes Downhill: Predicting and Mitigating Watershed Response After Wildfires, presented by Peter R. Robichaud
  • Impacts of Floods on Forest Restoration and Conservation in the Southern U.S., presented by Ge Sun

April 8: SCIENCE x Insect Disturbance Recorded webinar link:

  • Forest Restoration Following Insect Disturbance in Southeastern Forests, presented by Chris Asaro
  • Near and Long-Term Southern Pine Beetle Outbreak Forecasts: Advances in Forest Science, presented by Steve McNulty
  • Bark Beetles in an Era of Megadisturbance: Reducing Impacts and Facilitating Recovery, presented by Jackson Audley

April 9: SCIENCE x Wind Disturbance Recorded webinar link:

  • Microtopography and Tree Regen in Northern Hardwoods: Research Results and Ideas for Management, presented by Christel Kern
  • A Primer on Wind Disturbance in Southern Forests: Unanswered Questions and Management Considerations, presented by JT Vogt
  • Silver Linings Playbook: How Windthrow and Salvage Logging can Promote Biodiversity, presented by Alex Royo

Invasive Species Webinars

The Invasive Species Webinars, held February 22-26, 2021.

Fire x Fauna Webinars

The Fire x Fauna Webinars, held November 16-19, 2020, explored the effects of wildfire and prescribed fire on wildlife in the United States. Covering ecosystems and fire management practices across a wide range of geographies, speakers presented research and best practices for balancing wildlife conservation and forest management goals. Recorded webinars are available here.