Science Priorities

science Priorities

In keeping with its mission, the SW CASC identifies research priorities that are tied closely to the needs of natural resource managers. For Fiscal Year 2025, the SW CASC identifies four research priorities.




1. Investigate the introduction, prevalence, and/or impacts of plant, fish, and wildlife disease in the Southwest within the context of climate drivers, including consideration of management and adaptation strategies.

2. Examine the implications of changing climate on the spread or management of invasive species or their ecosystem impacts.

3. Assess the combined or interactive impacts of climate and non-climate stressors, including but not limited to residential development or commercial, industrial and resource extraction infrastructure or activities, on terrestrial or aquatic ecosystems.

4. Explore climate change impacts on and/or management options for culturally or historically significant locations or resources.