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  Ming Lee
  

  
  

  Pinki Mondal
  

  Carla Staver
  

  
  



Giovani Graziosi  

Postdoctoral Research Scientist

Columbia University,
Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology
1200 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10027-5557



Email:
gg2474@columbia.edu

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My current research focuses on assessing the interrelations that exist between forest fires, regrowth and global environmental sustainability.
Please see biosketch and CV HERE for more information.

 
 
 
Jesse Lasky  

Research Fellow

Columbia University,
Earth Institute
2910 Broadway
New York NY 10025






Email: jl3985@columbia.edu

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I just received my PhD in Ecology & Evolution at the University of Texas at Austin, having previously received my AB at Kenyon College. My dissertation focused on understanding processes controlling biodiversity and ecosystem services of forests, with a focus on spatial issues and habitat fragmentation in tropical landscapes. I am broadly interested in the drivers of spatial variation in biodiversity and ecosystem services. As an Earth Institute Postdoctoral Fellow I will be working under direction of Maria Uriarte. I will study how climatic variation affects forest dynamics in Puerto Rico, with a goal of risk assessment and improved mitigation for tree biodiversity and carbon storage. Finally, I am also interested in genomic applications for natural resources conservation in the face of climate change. Please see CV HERE for more information. Or Jesse's site here.

 
 
Ming Lee  

Research Fellow

Earth Institute
2910 Broadway
New York NY 10025
USA

Phone: 212-854-3830
Fax: 212-854-8188
Email: tl2504@columbia.edu

Growing up in a small and highly urbanized island state ( Singapore), my contact with nature is limited. But owing to my strong passion for natural history, perseverance and some luck, I have since ventured repeatedly into the nearby tropical forests in southeast Asia, where biodiversity is exceptionally rich. Unfortunately, these are also the places where I witnessed first-hand the devastating impacts humans have on our environment, most of which are tied to fueling the economic growth locally and beyond. It is clear to me that reducing the impacts of social drivers such as urbanization, economic development, and militarization will be vital in mitigating our biodiversity crisis. The significance of conserving nature, in part for its aesthetic value and the ecosystem services it provides for future generations, against the backdrop of diverse human threats is what motivates me to be a conservation scientist.

My research program centers on understanding the proximate and ultimate drivers of biodiversity loss and environmental degradation. In the last decade, I have examined topics ranging from assessing the correlates of local and global species extinction risks, addressing the impacts of past and future global land-use and climate change on biodiversity and protected areas, to evaluating the effects of attitudes and behaviors on biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services across multiple scales. With globalization, the rapid rise of the emerging Asian economies, particularly China and India, and expansion of affluent consumers, the next conservation frontier will undeniably shift to Asia. My long-term research goal is to develop an innovative and interdisciplinary approach to unravel the underlying social drivers of global conservation issues to inform conservation policies and to optimize conservation efforts, particularly in Asia where it may matter the most in the following decades.

 
 
 
 
 
Pinki Mondal  

Postdoctoral Research Scientist

Columbia University,
Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology
Schermerhorn Ext.
1200 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10027-5557


Fax: 212-854-8188
Email: pm2658@columbia.edu

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Research Interests: As a land change scientist my research interest revolves around examining the relationships between biophysical and socio-economic variables and how these variables contribute towards global environmental change. I am particularly interested in human-environment interaction, land-cover and land-use change, agricultural sensitivity, and climate variability.

Academic Background: I joined Dr. Ruth DeFries at Columbia University as a postdoctoral research scientist in 2012, prior to which I worked as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Massachusetts - Amherst. I obtained my Ph.D. in Environmental Geography from the University of Florida (2011). I have a master's in Applied Geology from Jadavpur University, India (2004), and a B.S. in Geology from the University of Calcutta, India (2002).

Selected Publications (for an extended list refer to Pinki's CV):
Mondal, P., Nagendra, H. 2011. Trends of forest dynamics in tiger landscapes across Asia. Environmental Management. 48 (4), 781-794.
Mondal, P. 2011. Quantifying surface gradients with a 2-band Enhanced Vegetation Index (EVI2). Ecological Indicators. 11 (3), 918-924.
Mondal, P., Southworth, J. 2010. Evaluation of conservation interventions using a cellular automata-Markov model. Forest Ecology and Management. 260 (10), 1716-1725.
Mondal, P., Southworth, J. 2010. Protection vs. Commercial management: spatial and temporal analysis of land cover changes in the tropical forests of Central India. Forest Ecology and Management 259 (5), 1009 -1017.
Please see CV HERE for more information.
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Carla Staver  

Columbia Prize Postdoctoral Fellow

Columbia University,
Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology
Schermerhorn
1200 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10027-5557



Email: acs2003@columbia.edu

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I am interested in the roles of top-down versus bottom-up drivers in the ecology of savanna and forest systems, with an emphasis on interactions between climate, fire, and herbivory and their feedbacks with tree cover. This includes considering dynamics on multiple time and spatial scales. My research has spanned the fields of remote sensing, theoretical ecology, biogeochemistry, dendrochronology and community ecology. Please see Carla's recent website for more information www.columbia.edu/~acs2003

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