EBC Climate Change Program Series Part Seven: Vulnerability and Adaptation for Habitat and Natural Resources


Date: March 15, 2018


Phone: (617) 505-1818

Email: [email protected]


Bowditch & Dewey, LLP –

Natural systems are inherently variable and intrinsically resilient – they undergo cyclical patterns, experience long-term succession, and recover from disturbance events. Yet climate change can push these equilibrated systems past their tipping points, triggering shifts to degraded states. In a complex and changing world, how do natural resource managers decide how and where to act, what to protect, where to buffer, and where to accommodate change.

Human-caused climate change will alter temperatures, precipitation and sea level – wiping out some habitats and shifting others faster than many species can migrate. Some studies have indicated that with a mid-range temperature rise of 1.8-2° C (3.2-3.6°F), a million species would be threatened with extinction worldwide over the next fifty years. Time is fast running out. If changes outpace predictions, more species and habitat will be lost.

In this seventh program of the EBC Climate Change series, panelists will discuss how their organizations are planning for climate change and its potential impacts on habitat and natural resources. State and Federal agencies have developed tools and regulations to support the protection of vulnerable species and habitats, as well as applied climate change planning to habitat restoration and land management practices. Simultaneously, land trusts and conservation organizations are considering how to discharge their mission in the face of a shifting ecology. And finally, the agriculture and forestry industries have begun to plan their operations and investments giving due consideration to the potential impacts of climate change.

You can find the complete series of programs on the EBC website:

Final Agenda – EBC Climate Change Part 7 – Adaptation and Resiliency Habitat

Continuing Education Certificates are awarded by the EBC for this program (3.0 training contact hours). Please select this option during registration if you wish to receive a certificate.



Program Co-Chairs:

  • Joseph Famely, Project Manager, Woods Hole Group
  • Stacy Minihane, Senior Associate, Beals and Thomas, Inc.

Speaker Agenda:

Restoration for Habitat Resiliency

  • Rick Bennett, Ph.D., Regional Scientist, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Climate Change Programs and Habitat Management at MADFW

  • Rebecca Quinones, Climate Change Coordinator, Division of Fisheries and Wildlife
  • Jon Regosin, Ph.D., Chief of Conservation Science, Natural Heritage and Endangered Species, Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

Stewardship in a Changing World

  • Russ Hopping, Ecology Program Director, The Trustees

A Natural Systems-based Approach to Climate Resiliency

  • Eric Walberg, Senior Program Leader, Climate Change and Energy, Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences

Climate Change Planning for the Cranberry Sector

  • Katherine Ghantous, Research Associate, Cranberry IPM, UMass Cranberry Experiment Station

The program will end with a moderated discussion and Q&A session with the presenters.

Attendee List

Theresa Albanese Mott MacDonald Senior Environmental Project Manager
Lisa Cummings VHB Sustainability Planner
Colleen DeBenedetto Self Principal
Kerrie Diers Normandeau Associates, Inc. Director of Planning & Communication
Adam Finkle Woods Hole Group Coastal Scientist
Jonathan Gawrys SumCo Eco-Contracting, LLC Team Lead
Hamilton Hackney Dain Torpy Wiest Garner & Le Ray, PC Attorney
Anne Herbst Metropolitan Area Planning Council Senior Environmental Planner
Dennis Lowry AECOM Assoc VP/Ecologist
Daniel Nitzsche GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. Senior Environmental Scientist
Jaana Pietari Exponent Managing Scientist
Frank Singleton Town of Weymouth Conservation commissioner
Chris Stockwell SumCo Eco-Contracting Chief of Project Development
Scott Turner Nitsch Engineering, Inc. Director of Planning
Julie Wood Charles River Watershed Association Director of Projects
Yan Zhang AECOM Technical Lead


The available presentations from the EBC Climate Change Program Series, Part Seven: Vulnerability and Adaptation for Habitat and Natural Resources completed on March 15, 2018, can be viewed below.

Presentations – EBC Climate Change Part 7 – Adaptation and Resiliency Habitat

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