Bio: Dr. Gabriel Costa is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology and Environmental Sciences at Auburn University – Montgomery. Dr. Costa received his B.A. and M.S. from the University of Brasília, Brazil, and his Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma. Currently, much of his research aims to study patterns of species richness, endemism, and co-phylogeography in reptiles and amphibians in South American drylands.
Bio: Dr. Vanessa Ezenwa is a Professor in the Odum School of Ecology and Department of Infectious Diseases at the University of Georgia. She obtained her B.A. at Rice University and her Ph.D. at Princeton University. Dr. Ezenwa and her team study the ways in which animal behavior influences parasitic infections. They also examine the complex immunological interactions resulting from helminth co-infections, as well as immune system trade-offs and tissue regeneration in mammals. The Ezenwa Lab focuses on a range of host species, including Grant’s gazelles, African buffalo, and spiny mice for their disease ecology studies.
Bio: Dr. Jessica Hua is an Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences at Binghamtom University (SUNY). Dr. Hua completed her B.A. at Southwestern University, Ph.D. at the University of Pittsburgh, and a postdoc at Purdue University. Research in the Hua Lab focuses on mechanisms that shape ecological interactions and evolutionary processes, including the roles of humans in driving these mechanisms. More specifically, Dr. Hua and her team seek to understand how anthropogenic activities influence toxicology and disease ecology in organisms ranging from aquatic microbiota to terrestrial reptiles and amphibians.
Bio: Dr. Catherine Sun is a postdoc in the Department of Forest Resources Management at the University of British Columbia. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. from Cornell University where she studied spatial distribution patterns and monitoring approaches for black bears. Currently, she uses a variety of techniques in her research, including spatial capture-recapture and hierarchical modeling, as well as citizen science and population genetics, to inform wildlife management and conservation.
Bio: Dr. Tony Chang is a Data Scientist at Conservation Science Partners (CSP) in Bozeman, MT. Dr. Chang uses innovative techniques to detect forest disturbances such as wildfires and insect outbreaks, and to predict hydrologic responses that may result from forest disturbance events. In this webinar, he will discuss using deep learning for integrating multiple datasets to estimate forest structure and classification. Dr. Chang earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at UCLA, his M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy at Northern Arizona University, and his Ph.D. in Ecology and Earth Sciences at Montana State University. Following graduate school, he joined the Conservation Science Partners (CSP) as a David H. Smith Postdoctoral Fellow and has recently transitioned into his current position as a Data Scientist at CSP.
Description: Dr. Michael P. Nelson is a Professor and Ruth H. Spaniol Chair of Renewable Resources at Oregon State University, as well as Lead Principal Investigator for the LTER-HJ Andrews Experimental Forest. He is also the philosopher in residence of the Isle Royale Wolf-Moose Project, the longest-run study of predator-prey relations in the world.
In this webinar, Dr. Nelson will discuss a recent paper of his, Considering the case for diversity in natural resources. In addition, he will share insights from a study that combines empirical and philosophical evidence to assess progress being made toward the goals of eliminating discrimination and improving equality in natural resources disciplines and other STEM fields. Dr. Nelson will also present suggestions for how further advancements can be made toward these goals.