Liz Flaherty, assistant professor of wildlife ecology and habitat management.
Dr. Liz Flaherty's research interests include mammalian responses to habitat fragmentation, forest ecology, locomotion costs for arboreal and semi-arboreal mammals, and stable isotope ecology. This includes the impacts of habitat management strategies and climate change on wildlife populations, using stable isotopes to investigate resource use across a fragmented landscape and the energetic costs of locomotion and studies how informal science experiences, such as participation in field research, affect nonscientists’ critical thinking skills, understanding of scientific concepts, and science attitudes. Please join in welcoming Dr. Flaherty to FNR.
Zhao Ma, assistant professor of sustainable natural resource social sciences.
Dr. Zhao Ma’s research focuses on understanding how individuals and institutions make decisions with respect to natural resource management and conservation. Her current projects include a study of smallholder farmer perception of and adaptation to climate change in semi-arid and arid regions of China, an assessment of forest resilience and climate change adaptation among forest agencies in the Intermountain West, a study of institutional adaptive water management decision making in the context of rapid environmental and social changes in the Wasatch Front Metropolitan Area, an assessment of the dynamics of coupled human and large carnivore systems in the western United States, and studies of non-industrial private forest management and conservation policies in Indiana and beyond.