John C. Withey
Graduate Program on the Environment
The Evergreen State College
2700 Evergreen Parkway NW
Olympia, WA 98505
witheyj 'at' evergreen 'dot' edu
Lab 1 - 2013
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News and Events
A special issue, 'Climate change and ecosystems: threats, opportunities and solutions' has been published by the Royal Society. I worked with co-authors at UW on the research article 'Planning for climate change through additions to a national protected areas network', also covered in this UW press release.
I also collaborated with Oregon State researchers to study the consequences of climatic changes + private forest landowner responses to carbon policies, for forest-dependent wildlife in the PNW. Our open-access research article is in PLoS ONE. Thanks to Evergreen for the Sponsored Research Award that funded my participation in the research.
I have been collaborating with the Science for Nature and People Program (SNAPP)-funded "Better Land-Use Decisions" working group on sage grouse habitat. One paper in PLoS ONE from this research considers the extent to which sage grouse serves as an 'umbrella species' by providing protections for other species from localized and landscape-scale threats.
Biodiversity and Climate Change: Transforming the Biosphere (ed. by T.E. Lovejoy & L. Hannah) is out with a chapter I co-authored (lead author C. Littlefield) on Ecosystem-based Adaptation.
The NSF-funded Pheno Mismatch group is up and running. Visit pheno-mismatch.org for updates! Scientific Reports published our paper (in 2017) examining potential mismatch between spring arrival times by migratory birds, and vegetation green-up. There's a writeup on EurekaAlert (by AAAS) with some nice graphics too.
Master's students in the Winter 2018 Urban Ecology program contributed projects to our class web site. Their contributions ranged from audio podcasts to research articles to creative writing. I hope you learn as much as I did!
Evaluating multiple lines of evidence to assess climate change consequences is important - but what happens when different sources are in conflict with each other? Our article in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment uses 3 case studies from the Pacific Northwest to help answer this question.
Find me on Google Scholar - ResearchGate - LinkedIn - and Twitter 'at' johnwithey
As an ecologist it is my goal to collaborate across disciplines to understand the responses of native wildlife to land-use and climate change, especially in urban areas, in order to provide strategies for adaptation and mitigation. I use a combination of on-the-ground field studies, modeling and quantitative tools, and spatial analyses using GIS in my work.