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Heather Cayton, Managing Director

Heather Cayton is a Research Technician at North Carolina State University and the Managing Director of She received her B.S. from the University of Virginia and her M.S. from Virginia Tech, and has spent the past seven years studying corridors and rare butterflies in North Carolina. Heather’s recent digests.

Nick Haddad, Research Scientist

Dr. Nick Haddad is William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor of Biology at North Carolina State University. For more than 20 years, he has been studying how plants and animals use corridors. He has worked in the largest and longest-running corridor experiment, the Savannah River Site Corridor Project, and he has studied natural corridors used by rare butterflies. Nick’s recent digests.

Neil McCoy, Graphic Designer

Neil McCoy is a graphic designer and science communicator who specializes in web design and development for science content. He collaborates with researchers and educators to visualize and present science in creative ways and to create websites for research extension and outreach, science education, and research tools.


Peter Brewitt

Peter Brewitt is a PhD candidate in Environmental Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He received his BA in History from Dartmouth College before moving into the sciences. His dissertation focuses on dam removal as an ecological and political phenomenon in the Pacific Northwest and California. He became interested in dam removal during his three years working as a naturalist in Yosemite National Park, home to the former Hetch Hetchy Valley. Peter’s recent digests.


Lars Brudvig

Lars Brudvig is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Plant Biology at Michigan State University.  Through his research, he seeks to inform landscape-scale ecosystem restoration, with particular focus on plant populations and communities.  To do this, he evaluates how humans impact natural ecosystems, for example by destroying and fragmenting habitats, and then evaluating approaches to ecological restoration, including approaches to enhancing landscape connectivity through corridors and matrix restoration.  More information is available at: Lars’ recent digests.

Christine Brown

Christine Brown is a PhD candidate at North Carolina State University. She works with Dr. Nick Haddad studying the effects of corridors on spider resource subsidies for the Corridor Project at Savannah River Site, SC. She enjoys studying the dramas of tiny predators, likening them to little cougars and wolves, but with more replication. For more: Christine’s recent digests.


Ellen Cheng

Ellen Cheng, Ph.D.,  is a wildlife biologist who works with governments and communities in Asia to increase local capacity for conserving and managing wildlife.  For the past three years she has worked in Bhutan with the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment.  She is also a partner with NCSU’s Elephants on the Line, a community-based conservation and education program for the Indo-Bhutan border region. Ellen’s recent digests.

Brett Dickson

Brett Dickson is conservation biologist, landscape and wildlife ecologist, ecological modeler, and fierce advocate for strong inference. He is the founder, president, and chief scientist of the nonprofit Conservation Science Partners (, and also an associate research professor with the Landscape Conservation Initiative and the School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability at Northern Arizona University, where he co-directs the Lab of Landscape Ecology and Conservation Biology (  Brett’s recent digests.

John Herrmann

John Herrmann received his Master’s in 2006 from the University of Hohenheim (Germany) and Visayas State University (Philippines) for research on pollinators in sustainable farming systems. He completed his Ph.D. in 2010 at the University of Bern (Switzerland) on the effects of woody habitat fragmentation on arthropods and birds. Afterwards, he conducted a project at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (Israel) to examine the impact of Eucalyptus plantations on native arthropods. Between 2011 and 2014, he was working for the University of Washington to investigate the effects of habitat corridors on seed and arthropod dispersal. John’s recent digests.

Clinton Jenkins

Clinton Jenkins is a Research Scholar in the Biology Department of North Carolina State University and a Visiting Scholar at Duke University. He earned his PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Tennessee under the advisement of Dr. Stuart Pimm. Clinton also teaches Conservation GIS and Advanced Spatial Analysis at the Instituto de Pesquisas Ecológicas in Nazaré Paulista, Brazil, one of Brazil’s premier conservation organizations. Clinton’s recent digests.

Elsita Kiekebusch

Elsita Kiekebusch

Elsita Kiekebusch is a PhD student at North Carolina State University. Her research focuses on the impact of climate warming on the demographics and phenology of rare and endangered butterflies at Fort Bragg NC. Previously she conducted research on cyanobacterial abundance along a climatic gradient at the Gobabeb Research and Training Centre (Namibia), and she received an MSc in Desert Ecology from Ben Gurion University of the Negev (Israel) where she studied foraging preferences of the Nubian Ibex. Elsita’s recent digests.

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Meade Krosby

Meade Krosby is a research scientist with the Climate Impacts Group at the University of Washington, where she works with land and wildlife managers and policy makers to incorporate climate change into conservation planning. Connectivity analysis and planning under climate change is a central focus of her work; she is the climate lead for the Washington Wildlife Habitat Connectivity Working Group, and is currently spearheading an effort to integrate climate change and connectivity into the decision-making of land and wildlife managers in the Washington-British Columbia transboundary region.  Meade’s recent digests.

Jennie Miller

Jennie Miller is a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at Cornell University and a Research Affiliate at the Wildlife Institute of India. She earned her PhD from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, where she studied the spatial patterns and human perceptions of tiger and leopard attacks on livestock in India. Her research explores interactions between carnivores and people and develops science-based tools for helping local stakeholders coexist alongside wildlife. For more: www.jennie-miller.comJennie’s recent digests.


Lisa Mills

Lisa Mills, M. Ed., is an Outreach Specialists with the North Carolina State University (NCSU) College of Natural Resources.  She develops community-based conservation and education programs to address environmental change and human well-being issues.  Currently she is working with partners in Asia, African and the U.S. with programs that address wildlife, habitat, and human-wildlife conflict issues.  She is the coordinator for NCSU for Elephants on the Line, a community-based conservation and education program with Bhutan, India, and U.S. partners, and The Maasai Twiga Trackers Giraffe Conservation and Education Program in Kenya.  Lisa’s recent digests.

Zach Pesch

Zach Pesch is a recent graduate of the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology program at the University of Colorado-Boulder. He is currently volunteering his time monitoring raptors for Boulder County Parks and Open Spaces and is passionate about furthering his education and work experience in ecology and wildlife corridors.  Zach’s recent digests.

Julian Resasco

Julian Resasco is a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He did his dissertation research on ant community ecology and corridors at the Savannah River Site Corridor Project. As a post-doctoral fellow, Julian is working on habitat fragmentation effects on arthropod trophic structure within the Wog Wog Habiat Fragmentation Experiment in New South Wales, Australia. For more check out: Julian’s recent digests.

Anne Trainor

Anne Trainor is a post-doctoral associate in Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and served as as a coordinator and a key participant in the Yale Climate Adaptation Framework. As a NatureNet Fellow, Anne is currently integrating her expertise in ecological principles and geospatial modeling to build an approach that can help conservationists keep landscapes functional and connected while identifying and prioritizing energy portfolios for uncertain future conditions. Anne’s recent digests.

Tyson Wepprich

Tyson Wepprich is a PhD student at North Carolina State University. He researches insect responses to climate warming and conservation strategies resilient to global changes. After growing up in St. Charles, Missouri, Tyson came to North Carolina to go to Duke University. Before starting graduate school, he taught science in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, his favorite place in the Eastern US. Tyson’s recent digests.

Marit Wilkerson

As an AAAS S&T Policy Fellow, Dr. Marit Wilkerson serves as a climate change advisor for the Africa Bureau for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Washington, D.C. With the University of California, Davis, her dissertation work centered on invasive plants in conservation corridors, and her motivating passion is to promote conservation science and ethics to a broader public through applied research and real-world outreach. To learn more, please visit Marit’s recent digests.

Johnny Wilson

Johnny Wilson recently received his PhD from North Carolina State University, which focused on conservation planning in a changing world. Originally from South Africa, he received his MSc at the University of Pretoria. He constantly struggles to find enough time for birdwatching (More at Johnny’s recent digests.

Sara Zeigler

Sara Zeigler is a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Biological Sciences at Virginia Tech, where her research centers on developing models that simulate how landcover change and management in longleaf pine ecosystems impact red-cockaded woodpeckers. She did her PhD at the University of Maryland under Drs. Bill Fagan and Ruth DeFries. Her work focuses on the intersection of landscape processes and population dynamics for endangered species conservation. Sara’s recent digests.