Alisa A. Wade
I am a physical geographer and spatial ecologist with a particular interest in bridging the gap between science and management by creating tools for conservation planning and biogeography. I hold a PhD in Earth Sciences (Colorado State University, 2009), a Masters of City Planning with an emphasis in conservation planning (University of California Berkeley, 2000), and a Masters of Public Administration with an emphasis in environmental policy (San Jose State University, 1995). I completed postdoctoral research with the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS, UC Santa Barbara), investigating salmon distribution and vulnerability under climate change throughout their North Pacific Rim range. I currently am conducting additional postdoctoral research with the USFS Rocky Mountain Research Lab, investigating best practices for modeling habitat connectivity, with an empahsis on linkage designs robust to climatic shifts. I have broad prior experience, having worked as an environmental consultant, an executive director of a not-for-profit land trust, and with local government sustainability planning initiatives. Currently, I serve as an adjunct faculty at the University of Montana in Missoula, teaching courses in Geographic Information Systems and Climate Change Science. My current research interests include assessing and mapping species’ exposure to climatic change, how species’ phenotypic plasticity may affect their vulnerability to climatic shifts, and investigating how land-use modification compounds climate change-related impacts to biodiversity. I am particularly interested in using spatial and statistical models to inform conservation planning, working at the nexus of human-environment interactions.
Ph.D., Earth Sciences, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, 2009
Master of City Planning, University of California, Berkeley, 2000
Master of Public Administration, San Jose State University, San Jose, 1995
B.A., Political Science, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1991
Instructor, Geos/CCS 108, Climate Change Science: Geosciences Department/Climate Change Studies, University of Montana, Missoula, 2011. Enrollment: 103
Instructor, Geos490, GIS for Geosciences: Geosciences Department, University of Montana, Missoula, 2009, 2011. Enrollment: 16
Graduate Student Instructor, NR575, Systems Ecology, an introduction to methods of ecological modeling: Ecology Program, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, 2005
Guest Instructor, LA444, Ecology of Landscapes: Colorado State University, Fort Collins, 2004
Graduate Student Instructor, NR 420, Integrated Ecosystem Management, GIS Lab Instructor: Department of Forest, Range, and Watershed Stewardship, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, 2004
Graduate Student Instructor, ESPM 102c, Economics of Resource Management: Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management, University of California, Berkeley, 2000
Graduate Student Instructor, Environmental Science 10, Introduction to Environmental Sciences, Lab Instructor: Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, University of California, Berkeley, 1999
Graduate Student Instructor, AA 122, Multi-racial Relationships in Society: Department of African American Studies, University of California, Berkeley, 1998
· Beechie, T., H. Imaki, J. Greene, A.A. Wade, H. Wu, G. Pess, P. Roni, J. Kimball, J. Stanford, P. Kiffney, N. Mantua. In Press. Restoring salmon habitat for a changing climate. River Research and Applications.
· Wade, A.A., D.M. Theobald, and M.J. Laituri. 2011. Vulnerability of US protected areas to local and adjacent threats. Landscape and Urban Planning. 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2011.02.027
· Wade, A.A. and D.M. Theobald. 2010. Residential development encroachment on US protected areas. Conservation Biology, 24(1): 151-161.
· Theobald, D.M., A.A. Wade, and G. Wilcox. 2008. Analyzing risks to protected areas using the human modification framework: A Colorado case-study. Forest Encyclopedia –USFS Threats to Wildlands. http://www.forestencyclopedia.net/p/p3649
· Lauenroth, W., A.A. Wade, M. Williamson, B. Ross, S. Kumar, and D. Cariveau. 2006. Uncertainty in calculations of net primary production for grasslands. Ecosystems, 9(5): 843-851.
· Theobald, D.M., J.B. Norman, E. Peterson, A.A. Wade, and S. Ferraz. 2006. Functional Linkage of Watersheds and Streams (FLoWs) User’s Manual: Network-based ArcGIS tools to analyze freshwater ecosystems. May 2006. www.nrel.colostate.edu/projects/starmap
· Wade, A.A. 2000. Connecting the Pieces: A spatial analysis of the connection between land use and transportation in the Bay Area. Urban Ecology, Oakland, CA.
· Wade, A.A. and H. Koch. 2000. Salmonid habitat restoration efforts in the Stanislaus River: An analysis of impacts of shear stress. Report for California Department of Fish and Game.
· Wade, A.A. and R.H. Barrett. 2000. Habitat Suitability Models for Use with ArcView: San Joaquin Kit Fox. California Wildlife Habitat Relationship Program, California Department of Fish and Game.
· Wade, A.A., S. Pettygrove, K. Grobe. 1997. Agriculture in Partnership with San Jose: Compost demonstration project on the use of yard trimming products. Final Report. California Integrated Waste Management Board. Sacramento, CA.