Bringing Macroecological Tools to Conservation Practice
Macroecology aims to explain and predict the abundance, distribution, and diversity of organisms across large regions and time periods. With biodiversity under increasing pressure from human actions, macroecology can contribute greatly to the evidence base for national and international decisions aimed at conserving biodiversity and ensuring a sustainable future for our planet.
My work at the interface between macroecology research and conservation practice aims to provide conservation practitioners with the macroecological knowledge and tools they require.
Planning for the Large-Scale Conservation of Biodiversity Dimensions
Given monetary constraints, large-scale biodiversity conservation policies need to be selective with respect to the areas and species they prioritize. Macroecological knowledge can help make those challenging decisions.
Monitoring Marine Protected Areas Using Citizen Science Data
Citizen science can generate biodiversity data at scales intractable for other approaches. We are building the capacity to use citizen science observations to monitor Marine Protected Areas across California.
Understanding Past Distribution Changes of Species and Communities
Documenting and understanding how species and ecosystems have responded to environmental changes in the past is critical to improving our ability to predict their likely future responses.
Improving Predictions of Species' Future Distribution Changes
A large number of statistical approaches are being developed to forecast the potential future responses of species and communities to environmental change. But how good are those predictions?