Conserving Biodiversity | Diversifying Conservation

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 how human disturbance impacts ecological communities and interactions, and explore novel strategies for restoring biodiversity and ecosystems, 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 pursue research aimed at understanding barriers to diversity and inclusion in science, and addressing 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're partnering with an international team of conservation scientists to discover and conserve Africa’s remarkable biodiversity
We study how degraded sensory environments from noise and light pollution impact wildlife and wild spaces
We study innovative restoration strategies for recovering species and ecological processes, especially in island ecosystems
Our research enhances diversity, inclusion, and social justice in conservation
We integrate bioacoustics, camera traps, and machine learning to generate technology-enabled solutions to pressing conservation challenges


  • Our paper on restoration of seed dispersal in New Zealand ecosanctuaries will soon be out in Ecology.
  • Our paper "Snapshot Safari: A large-scale collaborative to monitor Africa’s remarkable biodiversity" is out in the South African Journal of Science.
  • Our National Geographic Grant was funded to add acoustic monitoring/machine learning to Snapshot Safari's biodiversity discovery network! Excited to become a 2020 National Geographic Explorer!
  • We are welcoming two new graduate students to the lab in fall 2020! We look forward to working with Ana and Monica on exciting research with camera traps, acoustics, and spatial ecology in Africa!
  • We were awarded a grant through CSU to add AudioMoth acoustic devices to the Snapshot Safari camera trap network. Looking forward to studying community interactions across diverse taxa and adding data to conserve Africa's remarkable biodiversity!
  • We're creating a database of inclusive lecture material in environmental science. Do you incorporate diverse perspectives on environmental topics/research from diverse scientists? Please add to the database & share widely with your networks!
  • Our article on diversity and inclusion was published in Nature Ecology and Evolution!

Media Coverage

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

Study: Underrepresented faculty play an uneven role in advancing diversity and inclusion. 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.