Projects

These are just a few of our current or recent projects and collaborations.

Species, populations, and ecosystems

  • Collaborating with multiple organizations to determine scale-dependent feedbacks among protected areas and surrounding socio-ecological systems [more]
  • Using an extensive camera-trap network to measure and monitor patterns of multispecies habitat occupancy in northern Arizona
  • Assessing species vulnerabilities to renewable energy development and associated transmission in Arizona
  • Quantifying the effects of changing hydroperiod on the reproductive occupancy of threatened California tiger salamander in vernal pool and seasonal wetlands in California [more]
  • Applying cutting-edge tools to analyze long-term population trends in North American bird populations and guilds
  • Developing models to forecast the exposure of bats to white nose syndrome, a deadly disease that is spreading westward across North America [news story]
  • Assessing the implications of changing fuels and fire regimes on management and resiliency in the Sonoran Desert [more]
  • Mapping core habitats and habitat linkages for pronghorn populations in the in the western U.S. [more]
  • Evaluating trends in the demographic rates of Columbia spotted frogs
  • Working with the National Ecological Observatory Network to design a robust sampling and statistical analysis framework
  • Modeling and mapping large fire risk and fire connectivity across arid ecosystems in western North America
  • Quantifying seed dispersal network and novel ecosystem functioning in Hawaii  [more]
  • Assessing risk of invasive feral swine impacts to threatened and endangered species across the U.S. [more]
  • Implementing a long-term research and monitoring program for the threatened Mojave desert tortoise with renewable energy companies and federal partners in the Mojave Desert of California [more]
  • Generating contemporary estimates of status and trends for multiple populations of giant garter snakes in the Central Valley of California [more]
  • Providing the California state parks system with an analysis of forest and fire monitoring data for the Sierra Nevada mountains [more]
  • Programming and deploying software to monitor eagle population trends across the conterminous U.S. [more]

Habitat connectivity and conservation

  • Estimating landscape connectivity for mule deer, elk, and Canada lynx throughout Colorado’s West Slope under current and projected land use and traffic conditions to inform priorities for mitigating highway impacts on wildlife movement
  • Providing West-wide maps of fire risk and fire connectivity to fire managers and conservation planners across multiple jurisdictions [news story]
  • Deriving contemporary models and maps of jaguar habitat and connectivity across the borderlands region of the southwestern U.S. and northern Mexico [more]
  • Integrating wildlife crossing structure data and information into connectivity planning for the western U.S. [more]
  • Working with NGO partners to conduct a statewide connectivity conservation assessment for California using complimentary estimates of structural and functional connectivity
  • Using science-driven models of connectivity and vulnerability to assist partners in protecting the last vast places in the western U.S. [more]
  • Developing model-based frameworks to identify critical habitat features and map conservation opportunities for giant garter snake populations under land use and climate changes

Conservation planning and design

  • Producing new tools and dynamic models for evaluating impacts of infrastructure and economic development on western watersheds and river networks across the western U.S.
  • Developing spatially explicit models of conservation priority areas and areas of critical environmental concern on public lands throughout the U.S. [news story]
  • Working with tribal partners and other organizations to map meadow systems and identify climate resilience across the Eastern Cascades
  • Piloting a process for improving integration and prioritization of cross-realm management actions to optimize joint benefits to terrestrial and freshwater conservation targets in the Missouri Headwaters Basin
  • Collaborating with multiple partners to develop estimates of forest structure, composition, and condition across the Sierra Nevada region
  • Exploring the implications of ongoing development and the loss of natural lands in the U.S., from 2001 to the present [news story]
  • Leveraging landscape-scale retrospective and near real-time data on meadow ecosystem responses to climate to inform climate-smart strategies for management in the Sierra Nevada [news story]
  • Developing methods and applications to monitor the effects of fuels treatments and fire in northern Arizona [news story]
  • Providing statistical support for long-term monitoring in four National Park Service Intermountain Inventory and Monitoring Networks
  • Working with numerous partners to design, facilitate, and deploy a landscape conservation design for the Green River Basin [more]
  • Using advanced spatial analyses to generate datasets and national maps to assess past land use changes and major threats to America’s most valuable farmland over the next 25 to 30 years.
  • Working to increase the efficiency and conservation impact of nonprofit partners in the Tahoe-Truckee region
  • Contributing to the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at Northern Arizona University, in collaboration with the Grand Canyon Trust and with funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
  • Collaborating with the U.S Fish & Wildlife Service and the University of Washington to identify ecological integrity and conservation opportunities for aquatic systems in western North America
  • Collaborating with the National Park Service, NASA, Montana State University, and others to develop decision-support tools to assess the vulnerability of ecosystems and species to climate and land use change, initially targeting the Great Northern and Appalachian regions [more]
  • Working with multiple partners to forecast the extent and trends of land-use change in the U.S. consistent with climate-change drivers