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Postdoctoral Appointments

2016—            Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, University of California, Berkeley, in affiliation with Forest Health Protection, US Forest Service

2015—2016    Postdoctoral Research Associate, Public and International Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University

2015—2016    Visiting Researcher Scholar, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, University of California, Berkeley

 

Education

2015                Ph.D. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University

The role of climate, habitat, competition, and land-use in the distribution and conservation of montane species

                        Advisor: David Wilcove

2012                M.A. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University

2006                B.A. Cognitive Science, University of California, Berkeley

 

Research & Teaching Interests

Biogeography, Conservation Biology, Geographic Information Systems, Global Change Biology, Landscape Ecology, Natural Resource Management, Spatial Analysis, Ornithology, Statistical Modeling, Environmental Science

 

Awards & Grants

2016                Sponsored Projects for Undergraduate Research, University of California, Berkeley

2016                David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship, Society for Conservation Biology

2015                Best Student Oral Presentation, International Congress for Conservation Biology

2013                Walbridge Fund Award, Princeton Environmental Institute

2012                National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

 

Peer Reviewed Publications

2016                Elsen, P.R., Ramnarayan, K., Ramesh, K. & Wilcove, D.S. The importance of agricultural lands for Himalayan birds in winter. Conservation Biology doi:10.1111/cobi.12812.

2016                Pellegrini, A.F.A., Socolar, J.B., Elsen, P.R. & Giam, X. Trade-offs between savanna woody plant diversity and carbon storage in the Brazilian Cerrado. Global Change Biology 22: 3373—3382.

2015                Elsen, P.R. & Tingley, M.W. Global mountain topography and the fate of montane species under climate change. Nature Climate Change 5: 772—776.

2008                Wittemyer, G., Elsen, P., Bean, W.T., Burton, A. Coleman O. & Brashares, J.S. Accelerated human population growth at protected area edges. Science 321: 123—126.

 

In Review & In Prep Publications

2016                Elsen, P.R., Tingley M.W., Ramnarayan, K., Ramesh, K. & Wilcove, D.S. The role of competition, ecotones, and climate in the elevational distribution of Himalayan Birds. Ecology (in review).

2016                Estes, L., Ahmed, L., Caylor, K., Chang, J., Choi, J.J., Ellis, E., Elsen, P.R. & Truer, T. The spatial and temporal domains of modern ecology. Nature Ecology & Evolution (in review).

2016                Srinivasan, U.*, Elsen, P.R.*, Tingley, M.W. & Wilcove, D.S. Feedbacks between biotic interactions and the abiotic environment structure Himalayan bird ranges. In prep. (*Authors contributed equally).

2016                Elsen, P.R., Ramnarayan, K., Ramesh, K. & Wilcove, D.S. Minimizing agricultural intensification is key to maintaining year-round Himalayan bird abundance and diversity. In prep.

 

Invited Talks & Conference Presentations

2016                Elsen, P.R. The importance of agricultural lands for Himalayan birds in winter. National Congress for Conservation Biology, Madison, USA.

2015                Elsen, P.R. Global mountain topography and the fate of montane species under climate change. Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Seminar, University of California, Berkeley, USA.

2015                Elsen, P.R. & Tingley, M.W. Global mountain topography and the fate of montane species under climate change. International Congress for Conservation Biology, Montpellier, France.

2014                Elsen, P.R., Tingley, M.W. & Wilcove, D.S. Interactions between climate, competition, and habitat in limiting Himalayan bird distributions. International Ornithological Congress, Tokyo, Japan.

2013                Elsen, P.R. Disentangling climate, habitat, and competition as factors limiting bird distributions in the Himalayas. College of Natural Resources, Royal University of Bhutan, Thimphu, Bhutan.

2007                Elsen, P. Human demographic change on the boundaries of protected areas. Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Seminar, University of California, Berkeley, USA.

 

Teaching & Mentorship

2016                Undergraduate Honors Thesis Advisor, University of California, Berkeley

2016                Principal Investigator and primary advisor for two undergraduate mentees through the Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program and Sponsored Undergraduate Research Program, University of California Berkeley

2014                Teaching Assistant, Tropical Coral Reef Ecology: field-based course in Panama. Princeton University

2012—2014    Training in field methodologies, including mist-netting, line transect bird counts, vegetation sampling, automated data collection, data entry and geospatial analysis (group of 12 local assistants from India)

2012                Postgraduate field training (two students from US and India)

2011                Teaching Assistant, Fundamentals of Environmental Studies: Climate, Air Pollution, Toxics, and Water. Princeton University

 

Memberships & Affiliations         

Collaborator, Terrestrial Biodiversity Climate Change Collaborative; Postdoctoral Research Affiliate, Wildlife Institute of India; External Ph.D. Scholar, Wildlife Institute of India (2012—2015); Member, Explorer’s Club; Member, Ecological Society of America; Lifetime Member, Society for Conservation Biology

 

Peer Review           

Biological Conservation, Global Change Biology, Global Ecology and Biogeography

 

Previous Work Experience

2010                Biological Field Technician, United States Geological Survey, Vallejo, CA

2009                Geographic Information Systems Mapping Intern, Oceana, Washington, DC

2008—2009    National Forest Program Intern, The Wilderness Society, Washington, DC

2006—2008    Research Assistant, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, Department of Integrative Biology, and Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, University of California, Berkeley, CA