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Dr. Susan Piacenza

Biography:

Dr. Susan Piacenza is an Assistant Professor in the Biology Department, and her research uses quantitative methods to provide solutions for marine conservation problems. Her particular interests include population resilience and species recovery, evaluation of population dynamics that result from individual-based ecology, and integration of tools and methods to understand species ecology, distributions, and response to management strategies. She prefers to focus on conservation success stories and find ways to apply them to find solutions for communities and species still at risk.

She is motivated more by interesting conservation problems, rather than taxa or community type. Her Ph.D. research specifically focused on models to improve how green sea turtles, an US ESA threatened species, are monitored to increase the accuracy of population assessments. Her future research foci include extending my Monitoring Strategy Evaluation tool (MoSE) to include spatial dynamics, and to apply the modeling framework to other species, particularly those with limited detection or difficulty in effective monitoring. She plans to evaluate spatio-temporal variability in life history traits of recovering marine species, and to continue developing tools for prospective evaluation of marine spatial planning.

Degrees & Institutions:

Ph.D. Oregon State University
M.S. University of South Florida
B.S. University of Minnesota

Research:

Piacenza's research uses quantitative methods to provide solutions for marine conservation problems. Her particular interests include population resilience and species recovery, evaluation of population dynamics that result from individual-based ecology, and integration of tools and methods to understand species ecology, distributions, and response to management strategies. She prefers to focus on conservation success stories and find ways to apply them to find solutions for communities and species still at risk.

Current Courses:

  • ZOO 4304C/5305C Marine Vertebrate Zoology

Keywords: quantitative methods, marine conservation problems, population resilience, species recovery, evaluation of population dynamics, individual-based ecology, integration of tools, methods to understand species ecology, distributions, response to management strategies, conservation success stories, solutions for communities and species at risk, models to improve how green sea turtles, US ESA threatened species, monitored, population assessments, Monitoring Strategy Evaluation tool (MoSE), spatial dynamics, modeling framework, limited detection, effective monitoring, spatio-temporal variability, life history traits, recovering marine species, developing tools, evaluation of marine spatial planning

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