About Me

Dr. Riley Andrade

I am a human-environment geographer and landscape ecologist interested in the dynamic connections between people and biota (wildlife, plant, and other non-human life) to support biodiversity conservation. I am currently a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Florida working with Conor McGowan on a structured decision making framework to identify multiple values that guide conservation priorities for the Southeastern Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. My previous postdoctoral research with Carena van Riper and the ENVISION project was informed by socially inclusive, community-based approaches to conservation. My work with the ENVISION project focused on understanding multi-level value shifts in relation to social learning through community deliberation about protected area management. My dissertation research with Kelli Larson and Janet Franklin linked the iterative relationships between multi-scalar land management decisions and local to regional biodiversity in urban and residential landscapes located in the Central Arizona-Phoenix Long-term Ecological Research site (CAP LTER). My experiences link the components of my research agenda focused on understanding values, experiences, and management decisions using community-based approaches, and leveraging these understandings to promote biodiversity conservation and human well-being.

Originally from upstate NY, I enjoy engaging in a variety of outdoor activities. My favorites include hiking and backpacking, rock climbing, and kayaking. I have an 8-year “puppy” who also joins on these adventures whenever possible. Other interests include gardening, seeing new cities and places, eating fun food, and seeing live music.

Professional Experience

Postdoctoral Research Associate (2021 – Current)
Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, University of Florida
Project- Value assessment to guide conservation priorities through structured decision making

Postdoctoral Research Associate (2020 – 2021)
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, ENVISION Project: inclusive-conservation.org
Project- Social learning through community deliberation about multiple values of nature

Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant (2016 – 2020)
School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, Arizona State University, Central Arizona-Phoenix Long-term Ecological Research site (CAP LTER)
Dissertation- Connecting People and Biodiversity: Multi-Scalar Interactions in Social-Ecological Systems


Ph.D. Geography (2016 – 2020)
School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, Arizona State University

M.S. Applied Biological Sciences (2014 – 2016)
College of Integrative Sciences and Arts, Arizona State University

B.S. Organismal Biology (2009 – 2012)
College of Science, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona