Projects

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

Species, populations, and ecosystems

  • Collaborating with multiple organizations to determine scale-dependent feedbacks among protected areas and surrounding socio-ecological systems
  • 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
  • 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 desert pronghorn populations in North America [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 the West
  • Quantifying seed dispersal network and novel ecosystem functioning in Hawaii  [more]
  • Developing a species distribution modeling framework for invasive feral swine across the U.S, in collaboration with Colorado State University and federal agency partners [more]
  • Developing 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]
  • Assessing habitat quality for black bear, kit fox, and American pronghorn across Arizona [more]

Habitat connectivity and conservation

  • Providing West-wide maps of fire risk and fire connectivity to fire managers and conservation planners across multiple jurisdictions
  • Deriving contemporary models and maps of jaguar habitat and connectivity across the borderlands region of the southwestern U.S. and northern Mexico
  • Integrating wildlife crossing structure data and information into connectivity planning for the western U.S.
  • 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
  • Identifying critical movement corridors for wide-ranging animal species across the Colorado Plateau with the Navajo Nation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southern Rockies Landscape Conservation Cooperative  [more]
  • Estimating, evaluating, and planning for landscape connectivity for puma, mule deer, and American pronghorn across the southern Colorado Plateau

Conservation planning and design

  • 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
  • Developing methods and applications to monitor the effects of fuels treatments and fire in northern Arizona
  • 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]
  • Measuring and mapping open lands lost to development from 1990-present in the western U.S. [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.
  • Developing new tools and dynamic models for predicting risk of infrastructure development on wildlife and their habitats across the western U.S.
  • Working to increase the efficiency and conservation impact of nonprofit partners in the Tahoe-Truckee region
  • 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
  • Helping to spearhead the design, launch, and success of the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program, in partnership with Northern Arizona University and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
  • 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]
  • Developing a spatially explicit model of conservation priority areas on public lands in the western U.S. [more]
  • Designing an extensive survey, analysis, and monitoring framework for multiple taxa inhabiting Department of Defense and adjacent public lands using contemporary statistical and remote sensing approaches [more]
  • Contributing to a comprehensive assessment of natural resource conditions across the Mojave Desert Network of national parks, monuments, and other sites [more]
  • Collaborating with the National Park Service, Northern Arizona University, tribal entities, regional conservation groups, and others to identify key natural resource indicators and conditions across Grand Canyon National Park within a science-based and interdisciplinary planning framework [more]
  • Informing a conservation strategy for the Central Valley of California using landscape models of population status for multiple sensitive species
  • Working with multiple partners to forecast the extent and trends of land-use change in the U.S. consistent with climate-change drivers
  • Mapping riparian and valley bottoms across the Northwest with federal, state, and university partners
  • Developing new land use and land cover datasets for the borderlands region of the southwestern U.S. and northern Mexico [more]