Ecology and Conservation Biology

As our landscapes change, we must identify conflicts with the needs of wild things and generate innovative solutions that allow us to live alongside them in perpetuity. Natural history and ecology are the foundations of our research program; all research is grounded in the understanding that we are studying living and breathing wild creatures that persist in the landscape by escaping predation, catching prey, finding mates and successfully reproducing.

We strive to conduct and support research relevant to current conservation issues while generating information that will aid in the formulation of effective multi-species conservation planning.

“The pressure on early-career scientists to publish leaves little room for observation and reflection, much to the detriment of our science and of the pure joy of being a scientist. Nonetheless, natural history remains integral to the exploration and rationalization of nature. I hope that we will continue to cherish this truth.”  – Robert E. Ricklefs

Wildlife Management and Policy

Studies within applied fields such as wildlife management, restoration ecology, and conservation biology are implicitly goal-laden pursuits. For these studies to be objective and scientific, they must be grounded in a solid philosophical framework. Because of large-scale and ongoing environmental change, we must continuously reevaluate how we perceive the effects of this change and how we, as conservation biologists, should respond.