Kristen leads the science team for the Forest Program in The Nature Conservancy’s California Chapter and provides science support for the Disaster Resilience team. Her work broadly focuses on restoring fire to fire-adapted ecosystems, prioritizing areas for restoration and understanding shifting disturbance regimes. She has 20 years of experience in conservation, forest and fire management, ecology and science.
Prior to joining the Conservancy, Kristen was the Director of Science for Save the Redwoods League where she directed both internal and external research in coast redwood and giant sequoia forests, and designed restoration plans for the League’s Sierra properties. Prior to that she worked in fire management-related positions for the National Park Service, most recently as fire ecologist at Yosemite National Park. She holds an M.S. in Forestry from Northern Arizona University and a Ph.D. in Environmental Science, Policy and Management from UC Berkeley.
What Kristen is working on now:
I am working with the Forest Strategy team to identify treatment priorities, generate monitoring protocols and prioritize critical research and restoration projects. With the Disaster Resilience team, I am evaluating the potential for improved land use planning in the wildland urban interface to both increase community resilience to wildfire and reduce habitat fragmentation.