Research

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Photo by Matt Cashore, University of Notre Dame

Since the 1990s, I’ve been studying and showing how climate change can cause major ecological disruption, with a focus on endangered species. Today, as a researcher and the director of the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment, I continue to draw on this knowledge to help reduce those effects.

I work with land managers, city planners, and other stakeholders to figure out how we should manage endangered species in the face of climate change. I’m also focused on showing the value of natural resources in climate change mitigation and adaptation.

For example, I’ve conducted multiple studies on strategies such as assisted migration of certain animal and plant species. In another study, my team and I explored the value of green and cool roofs to mitigate urban heat island effects in the Chicago metro area.