Meet the Contributors

Paul Dayton is a professor at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography. He is a marine ecologist and naturalist, and a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Western Society of Naturalists.

Brett Dickson is an assistant research professor at the School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability, Northern Arizona University. His work applies tools from landscape and wildlife ecology to solve conservation problems throughout North America.

David Dobkin is executive director of the Greater Hart-Sheldon Conservation Fund and the High Desert Ecological Research Institute in Bend, Oregon. He has conducted research on a wide variety of taxa in arid landscapes of western North America, focusing in particular on the ecology of shrub-steppe landscapes, with an emphasis on riparian bird communities.

Thomas L. Fleischner is a professor at Prescott College. His work is always rooted in natural history, ecology, and conservation biology, but plies the terrain at the margins of disciplines. He is the founding president of the Natural History Network and editor of The Way of Natural History, an anthology.

Erica Fleishman is a researcher at the John Muir Institute of the Environment, University of California – Davis. Her research focuses on the integration of conservation science with the management of public and private lands in the western United States.

Brendon Larson is an associate professor in the Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo. He is an interdisciplinary social scientist who integrates his lifelong experience as a naturalist and a biologist with current research on the social dimensions of biodiversity conservation.

Julie Lockwood is an associate professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources at Rutgers University. Her research is a cross-section of conservation biology, biogeography, and invasion ecology. She has a very active and diverse laboratory, and she has co-written two books Avian Invasions and Invasion Ecology, and co-edited one more Biotic Homogenization.

Gary Nabhan holds the W. K. Kellogg Endowed Chair in Southwest Borderlands Food and Water Security at the University of Arizona’s Southwest Center. He is an internationally celebrated nature writer, ethnobotanist, conservation biologist, and sustainable agriculture activist who has been called “the father of the local-food movement” by Utne Reader and Mother Earth News.

Barron Orr is an assistant professor in the Office of Arid Lands Studies at the University of Arizona. His international activities focus on the development of a formative and participatory approach to environmental evaluation.

Stuart L. Pimm is the Doris Duke Professor of Conservation Ecology in the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. His interests include environmental sciences, policy, and conservation. Pimm’s experience lies in species extinctions and what can be done to prevent them, as well as the loss of tropical forests and its consequences to biodiversity.

Kirsten Rowell is a curator of malacology at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture and an acting assistant professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Washington. Her research reaches across disciplines (geology, ecology, and conservation biology), and she uses ancient skeletal remains to reveal the untold stories of fish and clams that have lived through large-scale human alterations to their habitats.

Ricardo Rozzi the director of the Subantarctic Biocultural Conservation Program coordinated by the Universidad de Magallanes (UMAG) and the Institute of Ecology and Biodiversity in Chile, and the University of North Texas (UNT) in the United States. He is a professor at UNT, and his research integrates ecological sciences and environmental philosophy into biocultural conservation.

Anne Salomon is a marine ecologist and assistant professor at Simon Fraser University. She seeks to inform ecosystem approaches to marine conservation by advancing our understanding of how human disturbances alter the productivity, biodiversity, and resilience of marine food webs.

Steven Sesnie is a spatial ecologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Southwest Region, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He specializes in remote sensing, wildlife habitat characterization, and forest ecology.

Tom Stohlgren is a research ecologist with the U.S. Geological Survey and senior research scientist at the National Resource Ecology Laboratory at Colorado State University. He is interested in human-altered ecosystems and the local-to-global effects of alien plants, animals, and diseases.

Geerat J. Vermeij is a distinguished professor in the Department of Geology at the University of California – Davis. He is an expert on marine ecology and paleoecology. He has studied the functional morphology of marine mollusks and the coevolutionary reactions between predators and prey, and their effects on morphology, ecology, and evolution.

Jake F. Weltzin is an ecologist with the U.S. Geological Survey and the executive director of the USA National Phenology Network. His interests encompass how the structure and function of plant communities and ecosystems might respond to global environmental change, including atmospheric chemistry, climate change, and biological invasions.

Kristin Wisneski is a master’s degree candidate in rangeland ecology and management in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of Arizona. Her research focuses on the potential that technology holds to help young people learn about science while solving problems in their communities and the environment.

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