2019— Climate Adaptation Scientist, Wildlife Conservation Society
2019— Honorary Fellow, Forest and Wildlife Ecology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
2018—2019 Postdoctoral Research Associate, Forest and Wildlife Ecology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
2018—2019 Visiting Scholar, Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, University of California, Berkeley
2016—2018 Postdoctoral Scholar, 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 Scholar, Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, University of California, Berkeley
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, Community Ecology, Natural Resource Management, Spatial Analysis, Ornithology, Statistical Modeling, Environmental Science
Awards & Grants
2017 Global Collaborative Network, Princeton University (co-PI with David Wilcove, Morgan Tingley, and Umesh Srinivasan)
2016—2017 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
2020 Elsen, P. R., Farwell, L. S., Pidgeon, A. M., & Radeloff, V. C. 2020. Landsat 8 TIRS-derived relative temperature and thermal heterogeneity predict winter bird species richness patterns across the conterminous United States. Remote Sensing of Environment 236, 111514.
2019 Srinivasan, U., Elsen, P.R. & Wilcove, D. S. 2019. Annual temperature variation influences the vulnerability of montane species to land-use change. Ecography 42, 2084—2094.
2018 Elsen, P.R., Ramesh, K. & Wilcove, D.S. Conserving Himalayan birds in highly seasonal forested and agricultural landscapes. Conservation Biology 32: 1324—1313.
2018 Elsen, P.R., Monahan, W.B. & Merenlender, A.M. Global patterns of protection of elevational gradients in mountain ranges. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 115: 6004—6009.
2018 Estes, L., Elsen, P.R., Truer, T., Ahmed, L., Caylor, K., Chang, J., Choi, J.J. & Ellis, E. The spatial and temporal domains of modern ecology. Nature Ecology & Evolution 2: 819—826.
2018 Srinivasan, U.*, Elsen, P.R.*, Tingley, M.W. & Wilcove, D.S. Temperature and competition interact to structure Himalayan bird communities. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 285: 20172593. (*Authors contributed equally).
2017 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 98: 337—348.
2017 Elsen, P.R., Ramnarayan, K., Ramesh, K. & Wilcove, D.S. The importance of agricultural lands for Himalayan birds in winter. Conservation Biology 31: 416—426.
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.
Invited Talks & Conference Presentations
2019 Elsen, P.R. & Poya-Faryabi, S. Addressing climate change through sustainable ecosystem management in the Panj-Amu River Basin. EU-Central Asia Network on Water Science & Technology, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
2019 Elsen, P.R., Farwell, L.S., Pidgeon, A.M. & Radeloff, V.C. Landsat TIRS-derived relative temperature and thermal heterogeneity predict winter bird species richness patterns across the conterminous US. Ecological Society of America, Louisville, USA.
2019 Elsen, P.R., Monahan, W.B. & Merenlender, A.M. Global land use legacies in mountain ranges alter expected species responses to climate change. International Congress for Conservation Biology, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
2019 Elsen, P.R. Overview of vulnerability assessments and climate adaptation planning. Theory of change workshop, Kabul, Afghanistan.
2018 Elsen, P.R. The global outlook for conserving mountain biodiversity under climate and land-use change. Weston Roundtable Lecture Series, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA.
2018 Elsen, P.R., Monahan, W.B., Dougherty, E.R. & Merenlender, A.M. The global protection of current and future climate space. North American Congress for Conservation Biology, Toronto, Canada.
2018 Elsen, P.R. A dual strategy of protecting intact primary forest and minimizing pasture expansion is necessary to conserve Himalayan birds. Princeton Global Collaborative Network on Himalayan Biodiversity Inaugural Meeting, Dehradun, India.
2018 Elsen, P.R. Conserving mountain biodiversity under global change: challenges, strategies, and opportunities. Seminar in Environmental Biology, Kennesaw State University, USA.
2017 Elsen, P.R. Which mountains pass? Gaps in protection along elevational gradients worldwide. International Congress for Conservation Biology, Cartagena, Colombia.
2017 Elsen, P.R. Which mountains pass? Gaps in protection along elevational gradients worldwide. 18th Annual Bay Area Conservation Biology Symposium, Santa Cruz, USA.
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— Principal Investigator and primary advisor for six undergraduate mentees through the Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program and Sponsored Undergraduate Research Program, University of California Berkeley
2016—2017 Undergraduate Honors Thesis Advisor, 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
2017— Member, Connectivity Conservation Specialist Group
2017— Member, World Commission on Protected Areas
2016— Collaborator, Terrestrial Biodiversity Climate Change Collaborative
2015— Postdoctoral Research Affiliate, Wildlife Institute of India
2015— Member, New York Academy of Sciences
2012—2015 External Ph.D. Scholar, Wildlife Institute of India
2012— Member, Ecological Society of America
2012— Lifetime Member, Society for Conservation Biology
2011— Member, Explorer’s Club
American Naturalist, Biological Conservation, Conservation Biology, Diversity and Distributions, Ecography, Ecological Applications, Global Change Biology, Global Ecology and Biogeography, Journal of Biogeography, New Phytologist, PNAS, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Science
2018 Media training, Intermedia Communications Training, Inc.
2017 Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion workshop, Raben Group
2017 Communications and storytelling in science, Intermedia Communications Training, Inc.
2017 Science writing for non-scientists, The Op-Ed Project
2017 Facilitation training, Dovetail Consulting Group
2016 Leadership training, Maureen Ryan (Conservation Science Partners)
2016 Diversity training, SACNAS
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