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GCPOLCC Adaptation Science Management Team


GCPOLCC Adaptation Science Management Team

The Adaptation Science Management Team is a technical team comprised of researchers and managers representing a cross-section of geographic, organizational, and resource perspectives from across the Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks region. 

Members: 37
Latest Activity: on Friday

The latest news from the ASMT . . .

The GCPOLCC is using the Broadly-defined Habitats delineated by Chuck Hunter (FWS) and Milo Pyne (NatureServe) as the basis of its habitat framework.  This classification for the habitats of the GCPO is available here and has been crosswalked to a variety of vegetation classification systems (e.g., NatureServe ecological systems and SE-GAP vegetation classes).

A followup conference call with ASMT members was held Nov. 19, 2012.  You can view a recording of the presentation and call.  Notes from the call are available here.  

A successful first meeting of the ASMT was held September 18-20 at Mississippi State University in Starkville, MS.  You can access a very brief initial overview of workshop results.  Detailed notes from the meeting are downloadable as a full report or as individual sections:

Full GCPOLCC ASMT Workshop Report

GCPOLCC ASMT Workshop Report - No Appendices

Appendix A - Participants

Appendix B - Agenda

Appendix C - Notes from Full ASMT Group

Appendix D - East Gulf Coastal Plain Breakout Notes

Appendix E - Interior Highland Breakout Notes

Appendix F - Mississippi Alluvial Valley Breakout Notes

Appendix G - West Gulf Coastal Plain Breakout Notes

Appendix H - Gulf Coast Breakout Notes

Appendix I - Poll Responses

The Adaptation Science Management Team is a formally chartered group of scientists and managers that serve as the forum for coordination and communication among LCC partners in the technical aspects of achieving the GCPOLCC’s mission. The Team serves at the nexus of science and management and strives to provide the Partnership the proper balance between scientific rigor and operational reality in achieving its priorities. 


The Steering Committee has empowered the Team to:


1) Identify the technical challenges inherent in achieving the goals of the GCPOLCC Partnership, outline solutions for overcoming these challenges, and provide recommendations on preferred approaches, tasks, timing, and projects.


2) Develop and refine the overarching framework for a regional Conservation Adaptation Strategy.


3) Identify and prioritize science needs for the GCPOLCC Partnership, in the context of a regional Conservation Adaptation Strategy.


More information on the function and form of the ASMT can be found in the Team's charter.


Discussion Forum

March Conference Call: Science Agenda and Work Plan

Thanks everyone for the great call yesterday.  I know it went a little long, so I appreciate everyone hanging on.  I am confident we are on the right path.I have already received a couple of requests…Continue

Started by John Tirpak on Friday.

How Everglades conceptual ecological models are being used to develop restoration plans & track progress

Did you know that a part of the science strategy for Everglades restoration is the use of ecological indicators that can be used to develop restoration plans and track progress towards Everglades…Continue

Tags: everglades, models, ecological, conceptual

Started by Gregg Elliott Feb 8.

Notes from Starkville Meeting 1 Reply

Just a heads up: The notes from the Starkville meeting of the ASMT are now posted on the group page.  I continue to work on the conceptual models and will have them done in the next few weeks.  They…Continue

Started by John Tirpak. Last reply by John Tirpak Jan 23.

Funding Opportunities Available from CSCs and RISAs

Two funding opportunities have recently been announced through the Department of Interior's Climate Science Center (CSC) and NOAA's…Continue

Started by John Tirpak Jan 15.

Comment Wall


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Comment by Gregg Elliott on October 26, 2012 at 10:11am

A very interesting column on the future of fracking technology:

Comment by Gregg Elliott on October 17, 2012 at 11:31am

Landscape Conservation Cooperatives:

Bridging Entities to Facilitate Adaptive Co-Governance of Social–Ec... 

by Cynthia Jacobson and Amanda L. Robertson

A recent article (below) that discusses LCC's and the importance of the co-governance approach that they utilize. 

Comment by John Tirpak on June 19, 2012 at 4:51pm

The FY2012 LCC national funding opportunity has been posted on under Funding Opportunity Number F12AS00218. The closing date for applications is 7/15/2012.

Under this funding opportunity, financial assistance from the USFWS will be awarded for projects that address the following priority theme areas: Synthesis Products to Advance National LCC Network Coordination and Function; Addressing Existing Needs Identified by National or Large-scale Conservation Efforts; Development of Performance Measures for Landscape Conservation and the LCCs; Enhancing Landscape Planning and Ensuring Compatible Landscape Planning across the National LCC Network; and LCC Network-wide Data Integration and Dissemination. Projects that address these themes will provide critical science, information, or tools that have wide utility to multiple LCCs or the LCC Network and will increase the capacity of the LCCs and the associated partner organizations to conduct landscape conservation.

The full announcement can be found here. Please distribute widely.

Comment by John Tirpak on May 2, 2012 at 7:18pm

Attached is a press notice describing the release of a new DOI guide to the practice of adaptive management: "Adaptive Management: The U.S. Department of the Interior Applications Guide"


This guide complements the previously released, "Adaptive Management: The U.S. Department of the Interior Technical Guide." The new Applications Guide is available at


The previously released /Technical Guide/ is available at

Comment by John Tirpak on May 1, 2012 at 11:04am

The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force recently released its Gulf Of Mexico Ecosystem Science Assessment and Needs document.  It is available for download here.


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