A 450-year-old oak tree in the San Joaquin Valley. Photo by Jon Myatt/USFWS

A 450-year-old valley oak tree in Calaveras County, California. Photo: Jon Myatt/USFWS

Science Applications

Our Region—with its diversity of ecosystems, species, and landscapes—faces complex and difficult natural resource challenges. The Region also offers some of the best examples of strategic, collaborative and science-driven conservation occurring today in California, Nevada, and the Klamath Basin. The Science Applications program supports the development of decision critical science and forward looking conservation strategies by working closely with State and other partners in support of common conservation goals. Our main areas of focus are described below.


At-Risk Species Support

The ultimate goal of at-risk species conservation is to preclude the need to list species through proactive voluntary conservation, rooted in the best available science and strategic investments. The Service accomplishes this by engaging private and public partners to build trust, develop common objectives and analyses that are science-based, promote working lands, and, ultimately, conserve our wildlife heritage. We work with species experts and managers to identify best available science and support the integration of science into decisions in order to provide the greatest possible conservation benefit.


Landscape Conservation

The need for strategic, collaborative conservation on a landscape scale is increasingly important. Working with partners to collaboratively solve complex problems and helping deliver on-the-ground conservation are key tenets of ours, and is the driving force of the Science Applications Program. We serve as partners in collaborations that seek to enhance conservation at landscape-scales, are cross-jurisdictional, and produce conservation outcomes that are strategic and scientifically based. Through these partnerships, we help generate conservation goals and objectives and produce conservation outcomes that are more durable and effective because they have broad ownership and support. 

Data Management

As an agency with a science-based mission, the Service utilizes data in many of the conservation and natural resources decisions we make internally and in collaboration with partners. As existing technologies mature and as new technologies are developed, the amount of data that is acquired by the Service and our partners has increased exponentially. The Science Application Program supports the Service in integrating advancements in collecting, maintaining, and curating these data for their effective use in future management decisions.






Science-Planning and Development of Shared Science Priorities

Science Applications is taking a lead role in working with our fellow U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service natural resources programs and with state fish and wildlife agencies in our Region to identify and target capacity towards shared science and information needs. Because funding and staff capacity is always limited, it is key that we anticipate future research needs, prioritize those needs, and address the most decision-critical and timely information needs. In this manner, we will be able to work with partners to leverage capacity from multiple sources and maximize the positive impact we have on trust species and the landscapes in which they reside.


Contact Us

Larry Rabin- Assistant Regional Director / larry_rabin@fws.gov
Claudia Mengelt- California Science Coordinator / claudia_mengelt@fws.gov
Debra Schlafmann- California Landscapes Coordinator / debra_schlafmann@fws.gov
John Tull- Nevada Science Coordinator / john_tull@fws.gov
Katherine Powelson- Science Support Coordinator / katherine_powelson@fws.gov
Matt Baun- Klamath Collaborative Coordinator / matt_baun@fws.gov


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