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Gulf Coast Vulnerability Assessment

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The Gulf Coast Prairie Landscape Conservation Cooperative partnered with the Gulf of Mexico Alliance to conduct a Gulf Coast Vulnerability Assessment (GCVA). The resulting report assesses the relative vulnerability of various coastal habitats and species to impacts from expected climate changes, sea-level rise and coastal development. Intended purpose of the study include to inform collaborative regional conservation and adaptation efforts by identifying vulnerable species and ecosystems, the most common threats to species and ecosystems, and related research gaps.

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Andy Shepard is former director and advisor for the Gulf of Mexico Research Collaborative (www.gomurc.org).  Previous experiences include: National Undersea Research Center at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, as Science Director, marine operations specialist, chief scientist on undersea expeditions, and Center Director (2004-2008); 2008-2011-- Associate Director, Cooperative Institute for Ocean Exploration, Research and Technology at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, Fort Pierce, FL.  His research interests include: advanced undersea research technologies for ocean ecosystem studies; research, monitoring and management of benthic habitats and associated living resources; and assessment of fishing gear performance and environmental impacts.
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