Susannah B. Lerman

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Adjunct Research Professor, Environmental Conservation

University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Ph.D. Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, 2011

Antioch University New England, M.S. Conservation Biology, 2005

University of Delaware, B.S. American History, 1994

Research Interests

My research highlights strategies and tools for reconciling urban development with conservation. I use a socio-ecological approach to improve fundamental understanding of key ecological processes in urban systems, with a focus on wildlife.  I explore the links between human management of the urban forest (e.g. yards, neighborhood parks and open space) and the health and success of native wildlife populations, and how these impacts subsequently feedback to influence people due to the role of biodiversity in delivering ecosystem services. I seek opportunities to explain scientific findings to varying audiences while trying to facilitate connections between the public's personal lives and the urban ecosystem.