Predicting the climate-induced expansion of woody plant species into Acadia National Park by identifying critical biological controls

Alessio has studied the impacts on wildlife across much of the globe – Europe, Africa, Southeast Asia, Australia, and the United States. With his fellowship, he brings his expertise to explore the unheralded but important role that squirrels, mice, and other small mammals play in influencing how Acadia’s forests respond to changing climate conditions. He has begun briefing National Park Service staff on his preliminary results and what they suggest for the future of the region’s forests. Alessio also gained support and ideas for improving his communication skills. He has already made videos for broad audiences that describe his research questions, field methods, and findings. He is developing a follow-up citizen science project on squirrels and seed predation.


Watch Alessio Mortelliti’s presentation HERE.



November 2018

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