Project Summary: 

In this project, scientists identified climate change refugia and connectivity between meadows across the Sierra Nevada and used data on persistence, stability, and genetic diversity of mammal populations to validate these hypotheses. Incorporating landscape features such as availability of water, topography, and roads, the project team developed a method to map well-connected meadows and examine the potential changes to the nature of those connections. They looked at how climate will change in those especially valuable meadows in ways that affect their ability to provide quality habitat into the future.