Assistant Professor, Biology

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  • Current disciplinary research interests

      Conservation biology with a focus on landscape and soundscape conservation in managed ecosystems including agroecosystems, urban ecosystems, and forests. My work focuses on changes in biodiversity over space and time but integrates social and economic parameters to better find effective conservation solutions.

  • Interest in connecting sustainability to research
      • Understanding what role biodiversity and ecosystem services play in creating sustainable urban and agricultural systems.
      • Improving the data used to decision making by different instituations AND improving how this data is used by decision makers
  • Center-funded research projects
      • Co-P.I.with C.E. Quinn, M. Cohen. Exploring diverse perspectives on sustainable farming to develop land use models for the future health of the Upstate
      • Quantifying the environmental benefits of local farm systems in Upstate South Carolina
      • Conservation scenario planning for the Upstate
  • Sustainability courses taught
      • BIO-102: Biology and the Environment
      • BIO-340: Ecology
      • Agroecology
      • Environment and Society
      • Ecological Economics
      • Tropical Ecology
      • Birds and Society

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