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How a Bird's Eye View of the City Teaches Us about Urban Ecology

April 12, 2017 | Amanda Rodewald

Northern Cardinal Nest. Photo by Amanda Rodewald

Amanda Rodewald is the Garvin Professor of Ornithology and Director of Conservation Science at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and in the Department of Natural Resources. Rodewald received a BS in wildlife biology from University of Montana, an MS in zoology from University of Arkansas, and a PhD in ecology from Pennsylvania State University. From 2000 until joining the Lab in 2013, she was a professor of wildlife ecology in the School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University. Rodewald is a fellow of the American Ornithologists’ Union, the Public Voices program, and the CIC Academic Leadership Program. Her leadership roles have included serving on the Science Advisory Board of US Environmental Protection Agency, the Scientific Review Committee of the National Socio-environmental Synthesis Center, council of the AOU, editorial boards of scientific journals, and the Faculty Advisory Board for the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future. She has published >110 scientific papers, >50 nontechnical articles for broad audiences, and several book chapters focused on ecology and conservation. 

Rodewald’s research program seeks to understand how human activities and global change influence ecological communities and then apply that understanding to conservation. Much of her current research focuses on socioecological dynamics and conservation in working landscapes of Latin America. She tightly integrates her research and outreach efforts to inform policy and management, as such, regularly interacts with government agencies, conservation organizations, and private landowners. Among her outreach activities, she is a regular contributor to The Hill, a news source for politicians and advisers on Capitol Hill.