GCP LCC Lunchtime Webinar
Overview: In recent years, the mottled duck’s habitat and surrounding areas have been compromised by urbanization, agricultural development, and changes to the area’s hydrology affecting coastal wetlands. The latter threat includes the ramifications of climate change, such as sea level rise and atypically variable precipitation patterns. Survey data suggest the mottled duck population has experienced a long-term decline in Texas and is stable-to-declining across the rest of its range. The project involves developing a computer modeling tool to help prioritize habitat conservation for the mottled duck. The tool will help partners target habitat areas that are most likely to boost the duck’s breeding success, at the same time benefiting numerous other grassland- and wetland-dependent species throughout the area. It also will help Texas and Louisiana advance a more unified approach to mottled duck conservation.
Presenter: Anastasia Krainyk, Texas A&M University-Kingsville
Ana is currently working on her Ph. D. in Wildlife Management at Texas A&M – Kingsville at the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute under the guidance of Dr. Bart Ballard. Before joining Texas A&M, Ana graduated from Columbia University with a Masters in Conservation Biology and a Bachelors in Conservation Biology from Syracuse, NY.
Ana currently holds a temporary GIS specialist position and is aiding other graduate students on projects related to spatial analysis while she finishes her Ph.D. work. Ana is also President of the Wildlife and Agriculture Graduate Student Organization.