Inclusive Ecology for Protected Areas and People in an Urbanizing World
Inclusive Ecology for Protected Areas and People in an Urbanizing World

“Is it too much of a leap to think we might someday decode the sperm whale click for ‘mother?’  For ‘pain’?  For ‘hello’?  The answer is, of course, that we cannot know until we try.”

— Tom Mustill, in “How to Speak Whale: A Voyage Into the Future of Animal Communication” as told by Elizabeth Kolbert in the New Yorker, June 6, 2022

Our team explores ecological patterns and processes in human-dominated ecosystems, and investigates ways to build a brighter, more diverse and inclusive pathway for the next generation of conservation scientists.  We conduct basic and use-inspired research through multi-disciplinary collaborations to inform environmental and higher education policy, protect and restore wildlands, and enhance human benefits from nature.

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Former home page quotes

“ ‘Ike aku, ‘ike mai kokua aka kokua mai, pela iho la ka nohana kumu a’o.”  Recognize others, be recognized. Help others, be helped. Such is a learning relationship — Dr. Erica Warkus, former ASU undergraduate student, co-founder of Kūpuna & Kōkua, and emergency medicine physician at University of Hawa’ii

“When you love something, you’re going to critique it and make it what it ought to be, and not just go along and allow it to continue to be disruptive.” –NYC Mayoral candidate Eric Adams, speaking about his view on policing. June, 2021

“Is it more important for me to tell a basic, historical truth, let’s say about racism in America right now? Or is it more important for me to get a bill passed that provides a lot of people with health care that didn’t have it before? Former President Barack Obama, speaking about his leadership philosophy in an interview with Ezra Klein, NYT (June, 2021).

“We can’t wait until we have tenure. We need to be discussing this now.”  ASU Professor Katie Hinde, on deciding with her pre-tenure colleagues to study sexual harassment in field settings. (April 2021).

“The golden rules of baseball — don’t have fun, don’t pimp home runs, don’t play with character. Those are white rules. Don’t do anything fancy. Take it down a notch. Keep it all in the box. It’s no coincidence that some of my best years came when I played under Davey Johnson, whose No. 1 line to me was: ‘Desi, go out there and express yourself.’ If, in other years, I’d just allowed myself to be who I was — to play free and the way I was born to play, would I have been better? If we didn’t force Black Americans into white America’s box, think of how much we could thrive.” Colorado Rockies outfielder Ian Desmond (June 2020).

“If … you let people tell you what they’re thinking, let them tell you what’s going on – and then search into your mental database to find out if there’s anything that we’ve done to help solve that problem – then maybe you can have a conversation.  But to walk in and say, ‘You need to think this, and this is what I believe is the right thing to think’, that switch goes off.”  Montana Senator Jon Tester, on serving rural communities, NYT (December 2020).

“The personal is political. The fact that you have the luxury as a white male to write all your poems about being lost in the woods, that you don’t have to interrogate race and gender, is a political statement in and of itself.” Amanda Gorman, 2020 Inaugural Poet Laureate, as quoted in the Harvard Crimson (2018).

“Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month, or a year, it is the struggle of a lifetime. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble.” — Representative John Lewis (2018)

“Fight for the things that you care about. But do it in a way that will lead others to join you.” — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (2015).

Recent papers

2021.  Hall, S.J., K.A. Lohse, and P.A. Matson. Nitrogen deposition and ecosystem response: A twenty-year perspective. Ambio 50th Anniversary Special Issue. Ambio, 10.1007/s13280-020-01465-y.

2020.  Dai, D.A Roberts, D.A Stow, L. An, S.J. Hall, S.T. Yabiku, and P.C. Kyriakidis. 2020. Mapping understory invasive plant species with field and remotely sensed data in Chitwan, Nepal. Remote Sensing of Environment, 250(1): 112037.

2020. T.L.E. Trammell, D.E. Pataki, J. Cavender-Bares, P. Groffman, S.J. Hall, J.B. Heffernan, S.E. Hobbie, J.L. Morse, C. Neill, K.C. Nelson.  Urban soil carbon and nitrogen converge at a continental scale. Ecological Monographs, in press.

2020. Padullés Cubino, J., C. Neill, D.E. Pataki, J.M. Grove, J. Cavender-Bares, K.L. Larson, K. Nelson, Wheeler, M.L. Avolio, P.M. Groffman, S. E. Hobbie, S.J. Hall, T.L.E. Trammell. Linking yard plant diversity to homeowners’ landscaping priorities across the U.S. Landscape and Urban Planning, 196(103730).

Hello #BlackBotanistsWeek2022! I am happy to join the #BlackBotanistsRollCall!

My name is Tanisha and I am a postdoc @BucknellU. I am a plant ecologist and work on conserving biodiversity around the world!! #SouthAfrica #Australia #USA


I will soon be designing a quantitative methods/data science course (using R) for environmental scientists, targeted for junior-level undergrads. While exciting, this is also a little daunting. Do folks have any resources or advice? Anything helps! #newPI #DataScience #RStats

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