ResearcherOffice: Charles H. Clapp 355
I am a conservation scientist and a spatial ecologist with a particular interest in bridging the gap between science and management by creating tools for conservation planning. I hold a PhD in Earth Sciences (Colorado State University, 2009), a Masters of City Planning with an emphasis in conservation planning (University of California Berkeley, 2000), and a Masters of Public Administration with an emphasis in environmental policy (San Jose State University, 1995). I completed postdoctoral research with the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS, UC Santa Barbara), investigating salmon distribution and vulnerability under climate change throughout their North Pacific Rim range. I have broad prior experience, having worked as an environmental consultant, an executive director of a not-for-profit land trust, and with local government sustainability planning initiatives. My current research interests include assessing and mapping species’ exposure and potential adaptive capacity to climatic change and investigating how land-use modification compounds climate change-related impacts to biodiversity. I am particularly interested in using spatial and statistical models to inform conservation planning, working at the nexus of human-environment interactions.
I am currently working with the Center for Integrated Research on the Environment (CIRE) managing species assessments on military lands and with the Montana Climate Assessment conducting climate change analyses relevant to Montana citizens.
I also serve as the program coordinator for UM BRIDGES, the National Research Traineeship (NRT) for graduate studies at the food-energy-water nexus.
Ph.D., Earth Sciences, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, 2009
Master of City Planning, University of California, Berkeley, 2000
Master of Public Administration, San Jose State University, San Jose, 1995
B.A., Political Science, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1991
Instructor, Geos/CCS 108, Climate Change Science: Geosciences Department/Climate Change Studies, University of Montana, Missoula, 2011. Enrollment: ~100
Instructor, Geos490, GIS for Geosciences: Geosciences Department, University of Montana, Missoula, 2009, 2011, 2013. Enrollment: ~20
Graduate Student Instructor, NR575, Systems Ecology, an introduction to methods of ecological modeling: Ecology Program, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, 2005
Guest Instructor, LA444, Ecology of Landscapes: Colorado State University, Fort Collins, 2004
Graduate Student Instructor, NR 420, Integrated Ecosystem Management, GIS Lab Instructor: Department of Forest, Range, and Watershed Stewardship, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, 2004
Graduate Student Instructor, ESPM 102c, Economics of Resource Management: Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management, University of California, Berkeley, 2000
Graduate Student Instructor, Environmental Science 10, Introduction to Environmental Sciences, Lab Instructor: Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, University of California, Berkeley, 1999
Graduate Student Instructor, AA 122, Multi-racial Relationships in Society: Department of African American Studies, University of California, Berkeley, 1998