Dr. Monica G.Turner
Department of Integrative Biology
University of Wisconsin
430 Lincoln Dr.
Madison, WI 53706
Ecosystem and
Landscape Ecology Lab

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CV (pdf)


PhD Student

Research Interests

My dissertation research explores the consequences of global change drivers, such as climate and land-use change, on the sustainability of ecosystem services (the benefits people get from nature) and patterns of biodiversity in the French Broad River Basin of the Southern Appalachian mountains. The French Broad River Basin exemplifies the semi-rural areas of the United States, shifting in recent years from resource-based land use to amenity-driven exurban development. Using stakeholder scenarios of land use and projected climate change scenarios, my research will provide insight into the management of multiple-use landscapes. My dissertation is part of the NSF-funded Coweeta Long-term Ecological Research (LTER) program .

Broadly, my research interests can be categorized as:

  • Conservation biology
  • Landscape ecology
  • Spatial dynamics of ecosystem services
  • Land-use and climate change
  • Ecological and species distribution modeling
  • Wildlife ecology
  • Social-ecological systems

My past research focused on wildlife ecology and habitat dynamics and the effects of land use on natural communities. After receiving my B.S. in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Maine, I spent several years working as a field biologist, environmental educator and in land conservation in the northeastern U.S. and Montana. I returned to my home state of Vermont where I completed my M.S. in Natural Resources and Ecological Planning at the University of Vermont in 2011.

Current Projects

Landscape sustainability of the southern Appalachian Mountains

Selected Publications

Graves, R. A., S. M. Pearson, and M. G. Turner. Landscape patterns of bioenergy production in a changing climate: implications for crop allocation and land-use competition. Ecological Applications (In press).

Record, S., P. F. B. Ferguson, E. Benveniste, R. A. Graves, V. W. Pfeiffer, M. Romolini, C. E. Yorke, and B. Beardmore. 2015. Graduate students navigating social-ecological research: insights from the Long-Term Ecological Research Network. Ecology and Society 21(1):7

Personal Interests

Hiking, skiing, running, birding, canoeing, travel, cooking, and exploring.

Contact Information

Lab phone: (608)-265-8001
e-mail: ragraves @ wisc.edu

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