Planning for Landscape Management and Adaptation
Evaluation of Climate Change Impacts for the Southwest U.S. and Northern Mexico


Project Team



Sam Veloz, PI, Model Development - Point Blue

As a Spatial Ecologist at Point Blue, I lead a team that studies spatial patterns of species occurrence and abundance across the landscape. Most of work explores, through modeling, how species will respond in space to changing climate and other modifications to the environment. By understanding how species respond to changing environmental conditions and incorporating novel methods for dealing with future uncertainty, we can better inform conservation decision making. My recent work has focused on how species will respond to future climate change, including tidal marsh bird response to sea level rise in the San Francisco Bay, changes in density and occurrence of Pacific Northwest breeding birds and identifying new ways to prioritize conservation and restoration efforts when future projections are highly uncertain. Primary Contact.



Jennie Duberstein, Ph.D., Project Coordinator - USFWS, Sonoran Joint Venture

As the Sonoran Joint Venture Coordinator, I lead a binational partnership of diverse organizations and individuals, all focused on conserving the unique birds and habitats of the southwestern U.S. and northwestern Mexico. I have developed community-based conservation projects in the U.S.-Mexico border region, coordinated and led programs on bird identification, ecotourism, environmental education, and bird monitoring, and have studied species including Yellow-billed Cuckoo in Arizona and Double-crested Cormorant and wading birds in Sonora. My area of specialization is conservation social science and understanding the human dimensions of conservation. I received my B.S. in Wildlife Biology from Virginia Tech and my M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Arizona's School of the Environment and Natural Resources, studying the role of public participation and social networks in natural resource conservation and management. Contact.



Dennis Jongsomjit, Model Development - Point Blue

As a GIS Specialist in the Climate Change Group I have focused my efforts on modeling, mapping, and investigating landscape and climate change factors affecting wildlife populations. After college I spent six years in the field conducting nest searching, bird banding, and bird surveys throughout California. I have since worked on projects examining the potential future distributions and abundance of vegetation and birds throughout the western U.S. and northern Mexico, modeling the distributions of mesopredators in the Southern Ocean, and modeling the effects of sea-level rise on tidal marsh habitat around San Francisco Bay. Contact.



Leo Salas, Ph.D., Model Development - Point Blue

My work at Point Blue is varied. I assist in the design, analysis and visualization of data for many projects across all research programs. However, I spend most of my time developing and maintaining analysis and visualization of data at the California Avian Data Center, and coordinating the Avian Knowledge Network. I obtained my Bachelor’s degree in Ecology at the Universidad Simón Bolívar, in my native Venezuela, studying annual cycles of birds. My Master’s degree is from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, studying tapirs in the Venezuelan Amazon, and for my Ph.D., also from UMass, I studied arboreal marsupials in Papua New Guinea. After graduating from UMass I held jobs in Panama, Indonesian Borneo, and Papua New Guinea, before coming to Point Blue. Besides publishing on the research subjects for my university degrees, I have publications about work on tree communities, spectacled bears, orangutans, and biodiversity. I also have extensive experience on data analysis and programming in several languages. Contact.



Geoff Geupel - Point Blue

For nearly 20 years I directed the PRBO Terrestrial Division program (formerly landbird program). In 2010 I became director of Point Blue's Emerging Projects and Partnerships Group where my main objective is to integrate results, tools, and products of Point Blue's long-term and cutting edge research and monitoring programs with partners and conservation initiatives. In recent years, my and Point Blue’s focus has evolved from just assessment to implementation. Our vision is to put better more appropriate conservation practices on-the-ground (and, of course, monitor to ensure success) to improve conservation outcomes and reduce the impacts of climate change, habitat loss, and other threats to wildlife and people. Contact.




Carol Beardmore -  USFWS, Sonoran Joint Venture

My career has taken me from a North Dakota refuge to FWS in Texas where I was an endangered species biologist with responsibilities for two federally listed Neotropical migrants, one of which, the Golden-cheeked Warbler, was my thesis topic. Before coming to the SJV as its Science Coordinator, I worked as the Partners in Flight Western Regional Coordinator for seven years. In this position I facilitated bird conservation planning and bird monitoring efforts with the western states and at a national level. This coordination job allowed international bird conservation coordination in Canada, Mexico, and Central America. I have coordinated several PIF international meetings and am an author of the PIF North American Landbird Conservation Plan (2004) and Saving our Shared Birds: PIF Tri-National Vision for Landbird Conservation (2010). Contact.



Web Tool Development Team

Michael Fitzgibbon, Doug Mood, Sherie Michaile - Point Blue