Areas of Expertise
- Conservation Planning
- Adaptive Management
- Capacity Building
Education & Certificates
- Ph.D. Zoology & Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior, Michigan State University
- M.A., Biology and French, Albion College
Natalie brings more than 10 years of research experience, with focus on research methods and integrating evidence into natural resource management to the MI team. Her strong ability to synthesize information in support of strategic decisions and build capacity for the uptake of evidence in project design supports MI’s efforts to further the generation and use of evidence in adaptive management. Natalie started her career as a field ecologist and brings a strong empirical approach to conservation planning and adaptive management. She has worked extensively with state and federal natural resource agencies to improve the integration between evidence and natural resource management in order to achieve positive program outcomes for biodiversity. During her time as a staff scientist at Defenders of Wildlife, Natalie supported state wildlife agencies in climate adaptation planning, building an integrated planning framework that was piloted across programs at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. She was instrumental in advancing approaches for regional mitigation planning to inform the Bureau of Land Management’s Western Solar Program. Natalie also has technical expertise using GIS tools to support and enhance conservation planning, such as identification of priority habitats and critical conservation areas. Previously, she has held research positions in the fields of animal behavior and science education.