Research Projects

Multi-Scalar Relationships between People & Biota

Management Practices & Stewardship

People influence the composition and configuration of habitat patches across temporal and spatial scales. I am currently working on a number of research projects that investigate the role of land management practices and stewardship activities at multiple levels in structuring ecological communities. In turn, I also consider how the spatial and environmental features of the landscape constrain decision making. To do so, I use a geospatial, multi-scalar approach to connect social and ecological theories that incorporate patterns and processes at local to regional scales.

Related works: urban biodiversity framework, municipal landscaping ordinances, development legacies in restoration projects, bird diversity in urban riparian corridors

Nearby Nature

People living in cities often experience nature close to home. I am interested in how people perceive and value these nearby places and the biota (plant, animal, and other non-human life) of urban landscapes. I am especially interested in the interactions between people and nature in residential yards and neighborhoods, and how management practices scale up and down to influence urban conservation. The goal of my research in this area is to determine how everyday places, where people spend the most time, can best support human well-being and regional biodiversity.

Related works: attitudes toward the desert, subjective evaluations of ecosystem services/disservices, attitudinal and structural drivers of yard management practices


Inclusive Approaches to Conservation

Structured Decision Making

My current research project with the University of Florida uses a structured decision making framework in the development of a value assessment to guide conservation priorities for migratory birds in the Southeastern United States. Our process is based on engaging stakeholders to link science and policy through consensus building techniques to set objectives, deal with uncertainty, and respond transparently to societal values.

To learn more about structured decision making visit: https://www.usgs.gov/centers/pwrc/science/structured-decision-making?qt-science_center_objects=0#qt-science_center_objects

Multiple Values of Nature

I am working with the ENVISION project to facilitate an online discussion forum for community members living in the Denali region of interior Alaska. The purpose of the online forum is to discuss current issues to identify multiple values and visions for the landscape and public land management. Through the forum, residents exchange their ideas and learn from other members of their community to build collective knowledge shared with decision-makers to help shape the future of the Denali region.

Related works: PANORAMA solution, Fact Sheet on Inclusive Conservation in Denali

To learn more about this project visit: https://inclusive-conservation.org/