Asheville, NC 28804
Current research involves working with the Appalachian Landscape Conservation Cooperative to assess ecosystem service vulnerabilities to environmental stressors across Appalachian landscapes, and to incorporate such assessments into regional planning frameworks.
Landscape ecology, geography, biodiversity conservation, natural resouce management, and ecosystem services; with specializations in spatial analysis and spatial dynamics through time. Species distribution modeling, spatially explicit demographic models, vulnerability assessment, ornithology.
As a postdoctoral researcher, I developed climate change vulnerability assessments for wildlife species of conservation concern, in collaboration with the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes Landscape Conservation Cooperative. These efforts included spatially explicit demographic modeling for Ruffed Grouse and Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake, and I remain a collaborator in this research. My doctoral dissertation investigated factors influencing landscape-level spatial pattern in the species composition of bird communities in the Peruvian Amazon. My MS thesis investigated mixed-species flocking behaviors of birds inhabiting high-elevation forests and shade coffee fields in the Republic of Panama. While working as a spatial ecologist and geographic information systems specialist at PRBO Conservation Science (AKA Point Blue), I was involved in several avian ecology and conservation projects in California, including spatial modeling of nesting habitat suitability for the Spotted Owl, and riparian forest habitat conservation planning.
Why This Research is Important
Understanding the vulnerabilities of ecosystem services, species, and biodiversity to anthropogenic stressors as well as natural drivers of landscape change is crucial for effective ecosystem management and conservation planning.
- Ph.D. in Geography and the Environment, 2009
- University of Texas at Austin
- M.S. in Wildlife Ecology, 2001
- University of Georgia, Athens
- B.S. in Biology, 1995
- University of Dallas
- Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Lecturer and Research Associate, University of Texas at Austin
- Spatial Ecologist / GIS specialist, PRBO Conservation Science, AKA Point Blue
- Pomara, Lars Y.; Zuckerberg, Benjamin. 2017. Climate variability drives population cycling and synchrony.
- McCauley, Lisa A.; Ribic, Christine A.; Pomara, Lars Y.; Zuckerberg, Benjamin. 2017. The future demographic niche of a declining grassland bird fails to shift poleward in response to climate change.