What We Do
Science Applications is a non-regulatory program within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that tackles conservation issues no single Service program or partner can address alone. We bring partners together to identify shared conservation priorities and deliver scientific information and tools partnerships need to achieve conservation goals across the landscape. With a foundation of climate adaptation, our work sits at the nexus of landscape conservation, inclusive collaboration, and science support.
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Projects and Research
Science Applications leads or supports a variety of projects and initiatives across the country. Our role and level of engagement is customized to the needs of each partnership we work with. The common thread throughout our work is that each project or initiative focuses on an environmental challenge that is urgent, complex, occurs across a large geographic area, and involves a wide array of stakeholder groups. Examples of issues we work on include, but are not limited to:
- Regional and national climate change climate change
Climate change includes both global warming driven by human-induced emissions of greenhouse gases and the resulting large-scale shifts in weather patterns. Though there have been previous periods of climatic change, since the mid-20th century humans have had an unprecedented impact on Earth's climate system and caused change on a global scale.
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- North American pollinator conservation
- Wildlife health
- Invasive grasses and wildfire
- At-risk species conservation in a non-regulatory context
Internally, Science Applications coordinates critical aspects of Service work, including scientific integrity policies and a robust data management and science approach.