Conservation & Community Ecology Across Changing Landscapes



Aaron Grade, Ph.D.

National Climate Assessment Staff Scientist

U.S. Global Change Research Program, National Coordination Office, Washington, D.C. (contractor through ICF)

Note: All views expressed on this website are my own and do not necessarily reflect the views of USGCRP or ICF. 

Contact me: agrade132 “at”



As Staff Scientist on the National Climate Assessment, I serve as point of contact for multiple chapter teams for the Fifth National Climate Assessment, provide public engagement and outreach support and provide technical expertise in urban ecology, biodiversity conservation, coupled human–natural systems, and global land-use change to the U.S. Global Change Research Program. Prior to this role, I was placed as an AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science in the Biological and Environmental Research Program’s Environmental System Sciences Division. I am trained as an urban ecologist and wildlife conservation biologist. My research specialized in conservation of birds and mammals in cities and across landscapes. My interdisciplinary research 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.

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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