People

Laura Dee (PI):

I am an 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.

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 Masters student in Conservation Sciences  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.

Undergraduate Students

Bios coming soon!