Laura Dee (PI):

I am an Assistant Professor in the EBIO department at CU Boulder. Previously, I was an Assistant Professor of Conservation Science in the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology and an Associate Fellow at the Institute on the Environment. I earned my Ph.D. in Ecology at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) in 2015, completing a concurrent M.A. in Economics, and hold a B.S. in marine biology from Brown University. My Ph.D. research, at the Bren School at UCSB, focused on the impacts of temperature variability and biodiversity on global fisheries yields and the extent to which managing for ecosystem services provides an economic incentive for conservation. As a post-doctoral associate at the University of Minnesota, I examined how climate change affects ecosystem services provided by boreal forests and management strategies to reduce those impacts in a project co-advised by Peter Reich and Steve Polasky.

Contact me: Laura.Dee[@]

Graduate Students

Hugh Ratcliffe

Hugh Ratcliffe is a masters student in the Conservation Sciences program at the University of Minnesota. His research interests explore the intersection of climate change and conservation with a focus on evaluating the effectiveness of adaptation strategies. Key areas for Hugh’s current research include: determining the suitability management strategies which aim to resist the impacts of climate change versus those which aim to facilitate biotic changes, assessing the utility of managed relocation for both rare and common species, and exploring the potential co-benefits and trade-offs between species conservation focused objectives and ecosystem service objectives. Before beginning his masters, Hugh worked as a Senior Analyst for an energy efficiency and climate policy consulting firm in Portland, Oregon. He holds a BA in Earth and Oceanographic Science and Environmental Studies from Bowdoin College and in his spare time enjoys backpacking, playing soccer, arguing about films, and caving.

Aislyn Keyes

Aislyn Keyes is a PhD student in EBIO at CU Boulder interested in marine conservation and the interactions between human and natural systems. Her current research focuses on food webs and ecosystem services. Specifically, her project seeks to understand how species interactions in coastal food webs indirectly impact ecosystem services in the face of global change. Aislyn graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2017 with a BS in Sustainability, Spanish, and Marine biology. She hopes to work alongside coastal communities to create solutions that benefit people and the environment. Aislyn enjoys SCUBA diving, taking trips in her van, baking, and her bike.

Post-doctoral Researchers and Fellows

Dr. Lilli Kaarakka, Postdoctoral Fellow.

Dr. Kaarakka’s research at CU Boulder focuses on identifying evidence-based environmental solutions for carbon management from the perspective of silviculture and forest soil management in the Great Lakes region. This research is supported by the Finnish Cultural Foundation, and done in partnership with The Nature Conservancy in Minnesota (Dr. Meredith Cornett).

Katie Peterson

Katie Peterson is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center, working with Assoc. Prof. Laura Dee and Dr. Kristin Kleisner (EDF) to examine the repercussions of temperature variability in a multi-species fishery. Katie is a quantitative ecologist who is interested in how interspecific interactions shape community dynamics and the applications of this ecological knowledge for conservation and sustainable management. Her background spans theoretical ecology, fisheries management, and environmental physiology. She has also been fortunate to do in field work in a variety of ecosystems, including the Great Barrier Reef, wetlands in Southeastern Louisiana, and desert grasslands of central California. In her free time Katie enjoys getting outdoors for hikes, rock climbing, and anything involving the ocean.

Undergraduate Students

Soleil Foy

Soleil Foy is an undergraduate student in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology department at the University of Colorado Boulder. She is interested in marine biology, ecology, and conservation. Soleil previously worked at the Arthropod-Borne and Infectious Diseases Laboratory at Colorado State University raising several mosquito colonies and assisting with fieldwork. Soleil also enjoys cooking, rock climbing, traveling, and photography.

Amanda Payne – Bio coming soon!

We will be recruiting new undergraduate students from CU Boulder to work in the lab – please contact Laura if you are interested!