Skills from CEED that cemented a solid and successful career path.
I joined CEED in 2013 with no former experience in spatial analyses but had a strong desire to work in decision science for conservation.
CEED provided me with the skills to produce high impact publications, including one in Nature Communications which became the subject of a TED talk.
The highly collaborative nature of CEED, substantially expanded my research network and CEED conferences were not only useful for meeting researchers from other universities, but they provided a great sense of being part of a large group focused on the same mission. While at CEED, I learned how to implement Marxan, and developed a new method to specifically analyse the consequences of not accounting for risk in landscape decisions. I’ve continued to use both techniques in the majority of my projects and have subsequently expanded these landscape ideas to rivers and streams.
Following my time at CEED, I have taken up a faculty position at Utah State University, where I lead the Spatial Community Ecology lab. The techniques I learned at CEED were crucial in obtaining this position and underpin my subsequent successes.
Recently, I began working with state agencies and The Nature Conservancy to address how the threat of climate change should be incorporated into management activities in the western US. In 2018, I will start working with the Department of Defence to investigate how best to conserve endangered aquatic species on military lands in California. I am also continuing the work I began during my time at CEED, investigating how the risk of armed conflict should be incorporated into conservation decisions.
None of these projects would have been possible without the expertise, professional networks and advantages I gained while working at CEED.