Audrey L. Mayer

Audrey L. Mayer

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  • Professor of Ecology and Environmental Policy, SFRES
  • PhD, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Tennessee (2000)
  • BA, Biology/Public Policy Analysis, Pomona College (1994)

Landscape Ecology, Sustainability, and Policy

My research fits generally within the framework of multidisciplinary sustainability science. I develop and test sustainability indices for their utility to manage dynamic human-environmental systems from local to global scales. I also research the role that urban green infrastructure can play in sustainable cities, and how family forest owners impact forests at landscape and regional scales. Finally, I examine biodiversity conservation and conservation policy for rare and endangered birds.

My forthcoming book, The Bird and the Bulldozer (Yale University Press), follows conservation efforts for the federally threatened California gnatcatcher (Polioptila californica) in Southern California, using the Endangered Species Act and the Natural Community Conservation Planning process.

 I have conducted field work in the coastal sage scrub in southern California, the Florida Everglades, urbanized watersheds in Cincinnati, protected natural areas throughout the Midwest, and the boreal forest in Finland and Russia.

Areas of Expertise

  • Landscape ecology
  • Conservation Biology
  • Environmental and Natural Resources Policy
  • Sustainability science