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Citizens Climate Lobby
January 16 @ 7:00 pm
The 350.org Oregon Central Coast and the Newport group of Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) are sponsoring a meeting with three speakers about the local effects of climate change at 7:00 pm, Wednesday, January 16th at the Newport Public Library.
Dr. Rebecca Flitcoft, wildlife biologist for the Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station, will be speaking about Survival in times of change: climate and salmon of the Oregon Coast Range.
David E. Rupp, assistant professor at the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University will be discussing the local impacts of climate change.
Brian Ettling, volunteer for the Citizens Climate Lobby in Portland, will be discussing the pricing of carbon in upcoming federal and state legislation. A bi-partisan bill has been introduced in both the US House and Senate that would put a price on carbon. The 2019 Oregon state legislature is expected to consider “cap and trade” carbon reduction legislation.
About the speakers
Flitcroft is a Research Fish Biologist with the USDA Forest Service at the Pacific Northwest Research Station, Oregon, USA. Her research focuses on aquatic systems from the headwaters to the ocean. She uses both statistical and physical representations of stream networks and estuaries in analysis and monitoring to more realistically represent system complexity and connectivity for aquatic species. In her work, Rebecca has collaborated with federal, state, private and non-profit organizations.
According to Flitcroft of the Forest Service, native aquatic species are adapted to survive in the range of environmental conditions present in their natural habitats. This adaptation reflects past survival and reproduction by members of the population. In the Pacific Northwest, few species have such diverse behaviors as salmonids. This reflects the complexity of their genetic lineage and allows them to survive in remarkably variable and dynamic stream conditions. One questions scientists are asking is how well
salmonids will survive under future climates that may affect their habitats from small headwater streams to salty tidal channels. In this talk, Dr. Flitcroft will discuss the development and adaptation of Pacific salmon to Northwest stream environments, and some of the changes we may expect to see in the future.
Rupp, assistant professor at OSU, has a Ph.D. Water Resources Engineering, Oregon State University, 2005, a M.S. Forestry, Northern Arizona University, 1995 and a B.S. Atmospheric Sciences, University of Arizona, 1991. Since 2011, he has been research scientist at the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute where he investigates how a warming planet affects the climate of the Pacific Northwest and how regional climate change impacts our environment, with a particular emphasis on water resources.
Ettling of CCL was a seasonal park ranger at Crater Lake National Park, Oregon and Everglades National Park, Florida for over 25 years. While working in the national parks, he saw the negative impacts of climate change on these national treasures. This led Brian to give over 200 climate change talks over the past 8 years as a park ranger, Toastmaster, Climate Reality Leader, and as a volunteer for CCL