What We Do

We conduct research in both conservation biology and diversity, inclusion, and social justice, and at the intersection of these two themes.

We study acoustic ecology, investigate human-wildlife interactions, urban ecology, and explore novel strategies for restoring biodiversity, both nationally and internationally. We also work on multiple collaborative projects to apply a wide range of technological tools, e.g. machine learning, acoustic recorders, and camera traps, to generate technology-enabled solutions to pressing conservation challenges.

We also blend social science and conservation science to investigate barriers to diversity and inclusion in STEM, and to address social justice issues in wildlife conservation. By drawing from diverse perspectives on the environment, conservation science can more effectively harness human capacity to address today’s pressing environmental challenges.

We study human-wildlife interactions and how fear of humans alters animal behavior, soundscapes, and ecosystems
We study the consequences of changing soundscapes for wildlife and wild spaces
We study the consequences of environmental injustices for humans and wildlife in cities
We investigate ways to engage in conservation science and practice that centers the needs of local communities
We do research to advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice in science and education


Media Coverage

The sound of injustice: Inequitable urban noise impacts people, wildlife. November 20, 2022. Featured in Phys.org, Yahoo News, Grist, Science Magazine, The Telegraph, and 32 other news outlets.

Searching for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. BioScience Commentary. April 2022.

Tipping the Scales. Better Pay, Flexibility, and Inclusion can Make Field Experiences More Accessible. 2022. The Wildlife Professional March/April 16(2).

Field Experiences Shape Students' Careers, But They Need to Offer Better Pay, Flexibility, and Inclusion. BioScience Bytes. April 14, 2021.

Undue Burden. INSIDE HIGHER ED. June 4, 2019.

Study: Underrepresented faculty play an uneven role in advancing diversity and inclusion. Phys.org. June 3, 2019.

Faculty Value Diversity, Though Time and Funding Are Barriers. TheScientist. June3, 2019.

Predator-free: Fenced sanctuaries protect native birds. Stuff. November 26, 2018.

Con Ciertos Trucos, Twitter Amplia Mensaje de la Ciencia. Sci Dev Net. April 11, 2016.

Communicating #science on twitter works. Colorado State University SOURCE. October 19, 2015.

Mountain campus bioblitz engages diverse students in ecology. Colorado State University SOURCE. October 5, 2015.

When Deer Mice Attack. High Country News. January 25, 2011.

Spread of Deadly Virus Tied to Forest Decline. New York Times. January 13, 2011.

Dying Trees Make Way for Mice with Deadly Disease. WIRED. January 7, 2011.

Tree Die-off Presents Human Health Risk. UPI. January 7, 2011.