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Elissa Sweeney-Bergen

Investigation of genetic and environmental variables that contribute to increased vulnerability of species or populations.

I am passionate about community driven conservation grounded in Traditional Ecological Knowledge and cooperative research. I hope to contribute to better natural resource science and stewardship, through the engagement of local community members and regional experts.  I have worked with various organizations and non-profits on wildlife and fisheries science and conservation projects and hope to continue contributing to sustainability initiatives through collaborative monitoring and research.

 

I am interested in the investigation of genetic and environmental variables that contribute to increased vulnerability of species or populations.  Particularly, I hope to increase our understanding of early-life habitat conditions that could explain recruitment variations between populations. This is particularly interesting for populations that persist in marginal or unique habitats and those exposed to land use change. The pressures imposed by both climate variation and increased landscape alteration necessitate an urgent need to expand our knowledge of at-risk populations. I hope that my research can contribute to the prioritization of species or habitats that could benefit most from conservation action.