Riley Andrade, Ph.D.

Welcome! I am a geographer and landscape ecologist interested in community-based conservation. My work links people and nature, with the aim of representing human well-being and biodiversity in decision-making. To do so, I focus on topics such as the social and biophysical drivers of biodiversity in urban landscapes. I am also interested in people’s values and attitudes in relation to urban biota and nature experiences, and how these factors interact to influence multi-scalar land management decisions.

I use an inclusive, transdisciplinary approach to help address complex, social-ecological system dynamics that span temporal and spatial scales. My work is strongly informed by my love of nearby nature experiences, and likewise centers on the connections between people and biota (wildlife, plants, and other non-human life) close to home. The overarching goal of my scholarship is the amplification of local voices by engaging community members and stakeholders to better integrate scientific research with policy and decision-making.


Why Inclusive Conservation?

People and biota are intertwined elements of ecosystems worldwide. However, people experience and value nature in diverse ways, which influences human-environment interactions in response to landscape change. Inclusive conservation acknowledges the role of local communities through approaches that focus on representing the many and different values for nature in biodiversity conservation.