Colin Carlson

Graduate Student



M.S., University of Connecticut, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (2013)

B.S., University of Connecticut, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; B.A., Environmental Studies (2012)

Research Interests

Spatial ecology; community-based conservation; climate change adaptation; traditional ecological knowledge; extinction biology and historical ecology

Research Description

Outside of academia, environmental protection is often viewed as at odds with society’s needs, an outdated belief which often stands in the way of implementation. Working to protect biodiversity in human-dominated landscapes requires an understanding not only of the spatial patterns and processes of these landscapes, but also of the social context for conservation efforts. Within this interest, my recent research has been driven by a range of relatively broad questions, namely: how can historical data be used to identify landscape processes, and improve conservation design? What does conservation have to learn from traditional knowledge and management approaches, and how can interfacing with the holders of this knowledge be most efficiently conducted? And finally, with a strong focus on communicating science to policy-makers, how can we use technology to make spatial data accessible and useful?

Selected Publications

Carlson, C.J., J.D. Scheraga. and R. Pierotti. (In review) Interfacing, not integrating: a new approach to traditional ecological knowledge.

Carlson, C.J., and K.E. Morozova. (In prep) Moving past "nature": invasion, reintroduction, and the need for metrics-based approaches to ecological restoration.

Burgio, K.R., and C.J. Carlson. (In prep) The mystery of the Carolina Parakeet (Conuropsis carolinensis).

Landberg, T., C. J. Carlsonet al. (2010) Natural History Notes: Chelydra serpentina serpentina L. (Eastern Snapping Turtle). Survival after injury. Herpetological Review 41(1):70-71.

Honors and Awards

Pearson Prize National Fellowship (2011)

Harry S. Truman Scholarship (2011)

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship (2011)

Morris K. Udall Scholarship (2010)

Recent Teaching

Foundations of Biology (BIOL 1102), University of Connecticut, Spring 2013

Evolutionary Biology (EEB 2245), University of Connecticut, Fall 2012

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Mailing Address

Dept of Environmental Science, Policy, & Management
UC Berkeley
130 Mulford Hall #3114
Berkeley, CA 94720