Sharon J. Hall
Professor, School of Life Sciences
Email: email@example.com, Office: LSA 320
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My name is Jeffrey Brown and I am currently a Post-Doctoral Research Associate working with CAP LTER (Central Arizona Phoenix Long Term Ecological Research Program). As a post-doc I am working alongside Sharon Hall, Kelli Larson, Heather Bateman, Susannah Lerhman, and Paige Warren to investigate how parks and green spaces influence urban wildlife as well as peoples’ perceptions of urban wildlife.
Broadly speaking, I consider myself an urban ecologist and conservation biology. The goal of my research is to promote biodiversity within urban landscapes through greater understanding of how species are distributed developed areas and how urbanization shapes wildlife communities. My work has investigated how the surrounding landscape and size of protected forests impacts bird communities within forests as well as how the communities in a protected area change as the landscape around them changes. I am also interested in understanding how factors such as supplemental food sources and light pollution shape avian and arthropod communities. Through my research, I hope to highlight how biodiversity is influenced by developing landscapes and the different ways biodiversity may present itself to people visiting the landscapes.
In addition to my research, I am passionate about both teaching and the promotion of diversity within the STEM fields. I believe that the first step in increasing diversity with STEM fields starts with increasing engagement. My goal is to teach and develop lessons that reach a wide variety of backgrounds and that allow students to contribute their own experiences to the design of the course. Once students realize the potential opportunities STEM fields present, I make it a priority to connect interested students with research experiences working with myself or other collaborators.
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As a fellow in the USU Climate Adaptation Science program, my thesis work focuses on mapping climate change exposure and landscape connectivity across various ecoregions of the US Intermountain West, with a focus on prioritizing protected area conservation for the resilience of regional biodiversity. For my dissertation work, I plan to investigate how the structure of urban landscapes broadly shapes how wildlife communities utilize city spaces and how landscape-driven behaviors affect the interactions between wildlife and urban residents. In this research, I aim to collaborate with wildlife managers and landscape planners in order to produce information with direct application toward the conservation and management in a rapidly changing world. Website: jeffreyhaight.weebly.com