Speaker: Erica Fleishman

The Bren School of Environmental Science & Management
at the University of California, Santa Barbara



Erica Fleishman
Visiting Researcher
Bren School of Environmental Science & Management

Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Bren Hall 1414

"Application of Conservation Science to the Management of Public and Private Lands
in the Western United States"

Hosted by Frank Davis



Advances in natural, physical, and social science increase the ability of researchers to inform management of public and private lands. New approaches to planning and evaluation help articulate assumptions and goals of all environmental professionals. Innovations in land-cover classification and evaluation of connectivity are relevant to assessing alternative strategies as land-use and climate change. I illustrate these frameworks with examples from the Great Basin and central and Southern California.


Erica Fleishman is a researcher at the Bren School focusing on the integration of conservation science with management and policy, especially in the western United States. She aims to develop scientifically reliable, cost-effective approaches for understanding the distribution of assemblages and species, underlying mechanisms, and the influences of land use and climate change on those patterns and processes. Further, she is active in research on connectivity and its application to management of public and private lands. Fleishman collaborates extensively with academic and agency researchers and practitioners.

Predictive modeling and geospatial analyses are central to her work, and she has co-authored three curricula on applications of remote sensing to environmental sciences and ecological modeling. She has facilitated the science advisory process or served as a science advisor to multiple Habitat Conservation Plan/Natural Community Conservation Plans in California and also conducted research on threatened and endangered butterflies and plants. Fleishman served as founding editor (since 1994) of the newsletter of the Society for Conservation Biology and as president of the society's North America Section. In January 2010, she will become editor in chief of the journal Conservation Biology. She earned her BS and MS from Stanford University and her PhD from the University of Nevada, Reno.

NOTE: Research colloquia are hosted by Bren faculty members and are generally high-level talks about research in a particular area of environmental science and management.



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