University of Vermont researchers will play a leadership role in a project designed to predict where populations of plants and animals in New England will move as their current locations become less hospitable in a warming world. Data generated by the project will help New England farmers and rural communities plan and adapt to the range shifts.

The National Science Foundation awarded $4 million over four years to the EPSCoR Research Infrastructure project to develop novel approaches and software for modeling, visualizing and forecasting spatial and temporal data.

The research team — which includes faculty from the University of Maine and Champlain College, in addition to UVM — will build some of the first mechanistic models of shifts in species ranges in response to climate change. The interdisciplinary research initiative is being led by the University of Maine.


Radhakrishna Dasari
Vermont farm
Maple and other tree species are among the Vermont plants and animals that will move northward in a warming climate. (Photo: Sally McCay)