Nevada Fish & Wildlife Office
Pacific Southwest Region

Desert Tortoise Recovery

Science Advisory Committee

The DTRO includes a Science Advisory Committee (SAC) chaired by the Desert Tortoise Recovery Coordinator. The SAC is made up of scientists from within and outside the Mojave desert tortoise arena with diverse expertise relevant to desert tortoise recovery. The SAC serves in an advisory role to the DTRO and cooperators to ensure that recovery action plans, recovery plan revision, monitoring, recovery action effectiveness, etc. meet rigorous scientific standards. The DTRO will provide the primary interface between the SAC and stakeholders and managers, but the SAC will meet with these groups to communicate and discuss scientific findings and recommendations on specific topics, as needed.
The SAC is composed of 5 scientists with diverse backgrounds appropriate to the SAC’s charge. The SAC includes scientists affiliated with four universities and the Smithsonian Institution with diverse backgrounds and perspectives relevant to conservation biology, especially relative to genetics, population viability, biostatistics, and epidemiology.

Responsibilities of the SAC

  • Advise the DTRO and cooperators on the overall scientific direction of the desert tortoise recovery effort, including revision of the recovery plan and adequacy of recovery goals.
  • Assess the efficacy of monitoring (tortoises, habitat, and threats).
  • Prioritize research and research-based recovery actions.
  • Evaluate research results and recovery progress.
  • Consult outside scientific experts, as necessary.
Last updated: April 16, 2014
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