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The Future Isn’t What It Used to Be: Protecting Wildlife in an Era of Climate Change

We know that greenhouse gas emissions are altering our climate, threatening public health, agriculture and communities. But what about wildlife and the habitats they depend on?

Ohio University, will explore the impacts of a changing climate – many of which are already underway – to familiar species like monarch butterflies and polar bears, as well as to pollinators and some of our lesser-known imperiled wildlife.

This Tuesday, an April 11 teach-in led by Aimee Delach will take place in Alden Library's Friends of the Library Room 319 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The discussion is about the critical role of our nation’s science infrastructure in understanding these impacts and protecting species and habitats in light of these threats.

Her presentation is part of a talk she will deliver at the upcoming March for Science/ Earth Day Network Teach-In series at the Science Rally on the Washington Mall on Saturday, April 22. 

Delach, senior policy analyst for climate adaptation, maintains areas of expertise in climate change adaptation, renewable energy, farm bill, invasive species and bird conservation. She develops and analyzes policies to help land managers protect wildlife and habitat threatened by the impacts of climate change. Her areas of focus include the impacts of climate change on imperiled species, the development of adaptation strategies for wildlife and habitat, and helping agencies incorporate climate science into their decision-making processes. She also supports the renewable energy team, drawing on past work as a member of the Wind Turbine Guidelines Federal Advisory Committee.

Delach has been with the Defenders of Wildlife for 19 years, and has also worked on avian issues, farm bill conservation programs, invasive species and wildlife disease topics, and provided general science support to the organization with in ecology.

Delach holds a B.S. in biology from the University of Notre Dame and an M.S. in environmental and forest biology from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

For more information about Aimee Delach and the Defenders of Wildlife, visit http://www.defenders.org/staff/aimee-delach.

For more information, contact Loraine McCosker from Ohio University Environmental Studies at mccosker@ohio.edu.