Our work

We are especially motivated by research that will advance our understanding of how species and ecosystems respond to human disturbance, while also contributing to practical solutions for conservation. We work regularly with communities, government agencies, and conservation organizations to apply ecological science to inform conservation planning and land-use policy.

Focal Questions

Our applied conservation science research and outreach program investigates the effects of land development and human activities on wildlife and biodiversity. We apply landscape-level field experiments, spatial modeling, and social science research methods to ask questions related to three primary topics: (1) How to design and steward residential developments to protect wildlife habitat on private lands; (2) How to balance goals for outdoor recreation access and species conservation in protected areas; and (3) How to inspire conservation actions by citizens and communities.