Conservation & Community Ecology Across Changing Landscapes



Aaron M. Grade, Ph.D.

American Association for the Advancement of Science Science and Technology Policy Fellow (AAAS STPF)

U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Biological and Environmental Research, Environmental and Earth Systems Science Division

Note: All views expressed on this website are my own and do not necessarily reflect the views of AAAS or DOE 

Contact me: agrade132 “at”



I am an ecologist who specializes in conservation of birds and mammals in cities and across landscapes. My interdisciplinary research has focused on the interaction of human social systems, infrastructure, and ecological systems, and on how to protect wildlife and sustain biodiversity in a changing environment. I am a passionate science communicator and educator and have initiated youth outreach programs at summer camps, after-school programs, museums, and schools to share his love of science and wildlife. I was a co-founder and writer contributor of That’s Life Science blog, as well as an organizer for Life Science Cafe seminar series. I am interested in promoting innovative and collaborative solutions to climate change and habitat loss in order to improve the quality of life for people who live in cities, suburbs, and rural areas. My personal interests include hiking and outdoor recreation, cooking, travel, and writing.

Policy interests: STEM Education; Environment and Climate Science; Funding, Research, and Grants; Forestry, Water, and Natural Resources

Scientific Research:

My research resides at the intersection of conservation, animal behavior and communication, landscape ecology, and community ecology. I want to know how wildlife responds to a changing landscape and human management, and how these responses are mediated by community interactions and the use of personal and social information. Utilizing experimental, comparative and modeling approaches, we can develop an understanding of the patterns and processes that underlie wildlife response to landscape change.

Scientific Research Topics: Avian ecology, bioacoustics and animal communication, behavioral ecology, community ecology, conservation biology, landscape ecology, mammalian ecology, soundscape ecology, urban ecology.

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