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Kim Hall applies her background in conservation biology and landscape ecology to developing and implementing strategies for reducing risks to nature and people from climate change. As a Climate Change Ecologist & Project Manager on The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC) North America Science team (LANDFIRE group), her work focuses on developing and communicating data and tools for informing land protection and restoration decisions that explicitly address climate change risks. With support from NASA’s Earth Science Applications: Ecological Forecasting Program, Kim leads a team that is partnering with Julia Computing and Conservation Science Partners to continue development of Brad McRae’s Circuitscape tools for connectivity assessment. This project emphasizes the role of high performance computing in helping to move conservation forward, with the goal of improving the speed of assessments such that analysts can increase stakeholder engagement and sensitivity testing, and more readily incorporate NASA Earth Observations datasets.
Kim brings her experience as co-lead of the Ecological Drought Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP) working group to her role as SNAPP’s TNC Program Representative. In partnership with the US Geological Survey and the Wildlife Conservation Society, the Ecological Drought working group focused on planning for climate change related increases in drought duration in and intensity in North America. The goal of the working group is to synthesize information on ecological impacts in a wide variety of ecosystem types, and through providing a framework and tools, improve the integration of adaptation strategies that benefit both natural systems and people into local-scale drought preparedness efforts.
Prior to joining TNC in 2008, Kim received her Master’s and PhD from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment, and conducted research to understand connections between forest conditions and habitat quality for migratory songbirds in Great Lakes region forests. Based in Lansing, Michigan, she currently holds adjunct faculty positions at Michigan State University in the Departments of Forestry and Fisheries & Wildlife.