Areas of Expertise: Biodiversity conservation planning, state wildlife action plans, climate change adaptation strategies, GIS
Natalie works with the conservation planning team to provide capacity and technical support to state agencies in strategic biodiversity protection, with specific attention to incorporating climate change adaptation into the State Wildlife Action Plans (SWAPs). She reviews conservation and climate change research with the goal of promoting connections between science and land-use planning. Natalie also focuses on the use of GIS tools to support and enhance conservation planning, such as identification of priority habitats and critical conservation areas. Prior to joining Defenders, Natalie worked at NatureServe where she developed content related to bird conservation for LandScope America. Previously, she has held research positions in the fields of animal behavior and science education. Natalie conducted her graduate research at the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station and holds a Ph.D. from Michigan State University in Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior. She received her B.A. from Albion College in Biology and French.