Lecture - Natural Resources Management in the Valles Caldera, Jemez Mountains by Bob Parmenter
Natural Resources Management in a Warming Climate: A Landscape Approach in the Valles Caldera National Preserve, Jemez Mountains
by Bob Parmenter, Ph.D.,
Director of Science and Education, Valles Caldera Trust.
Many of New Mexico's watersheds have supported intensive human use for centuries, but are now being transformed by climate warming, catastrophic forest fire, soil erosion, housing developments in the wildland-urban interface, and invasive species. These changes have threatened watershed function and the "ecosystem services" they provide (clean water, forest products, carbon sequestration, sustainable fish and wildlife, biodiversity, erosion control), negatively affecting New Mexico's quality of life, socio-economic activities, and future development. While these issues occur to varying degrees throughout New Mexico, the impact is particularly acute in the Jemez Mountains.
The Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Project of the Jemez Mountains will assess positive and negative changes in forest and meadow ecosystems, water quantity and quality, plant production and diversity, wildlife species, livestock grazing and production, soil erosion, and economic impacts on local and regional communities. The entire program also will provide educational opportunities for students and the general public, supported through the Valles Caldera's Science and Education Center in Jemez Springs.
Bob Parmenter is the Director of Science and Education for the Valles Caldera Trust in northern New Mexico, and is responsible for organizing and coordinating the scientific research, inventory and monitoring programs on the Valles Caldera National Preserve. He also holds an associate research professorship with the University of New Mexico's Department of Biology and adjunct faculty positions at Northern Arizona University and Utah State University.
His scientific research interests include studies on ecosystem disturbance, climatic influences on plant and animal populations, successional processes, plant-animal interactions, predator-prey relationships of both vertebrates and invertebrates, decomposition and nutrient cycling, and the ecology of zoonotic diseases (specifically hantavirus, plague, and West Nile virus). He received his Bachelor's degree in Biology from Colorado College, Master's Degree in Zoology from the University of Georgia, and Ph.D. in Biology/Ecology from Utah State University.
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