Research Projects

Inclusive Approaches to Conservation

Structured Decision Making

My current research project with the University of Florida uses decision science to help align joint conservation priorities for migratory birds in the Southeastern United States using a values-based framework. The process is based on engaging stakeholders through consensus-building techniques to collectively set objectives, deal with uncertainty, and identify shared 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 open learning spaces and understand how multi-level values may shift as a result of community deliberation. 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/


Multi-Scalar Relationships

Nearby Nature

People living in cities often experience nature close to home. I am interested in how people perceive and value the landscape of these nearby places. 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

Management Practices & Stewardship

People influence the composition and configuration of the landscape across temporal and spatial scales. I am currently working on a number of projects that investigate the role of land management practices and stewardship activities at multiple levels in structuring biodiversity. In turn, I also consider how the spatial and environmental features of the landscape constrain decision making. To do so, I use a geospatial approach to connect social and ecological dynamics 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