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Panelist: Elizabeth Paulukonis, US EPA & NC State University
Effective management of wildlife populations benefits from an understanding of the long-term exposure vulnerability of species to anthropogenic stressors. We built species distribution models for 15 species occurring in the coastal plain ecoregion of Georgia to estimate the current distribution of potential habitat and predicted exposure to changes in habitat due to inundation from sea level rise (using the Sea Level Affecting Marshes model) and urban growth (using the Slope Land-use Excluded Urban Topology Hillshade Growth model) for four future time points. Our results suggest that all focal species were likely to experience some exposure to habitat change from either sea level rise or urbanization, but few species will experience high exposure to change from both stressors.