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)



Research Interests

I am a paleoecologist with a background in Quaternary mammals of North America. I use both fossil and modern data to understand how species respond to environmental change through time. I am interested also in how spatial dynamics influence temporal dynamics in biodiversity.

Current Projects

I am currently a postdoc with the Abrupt Changes in Ecological Systems project. I am working with long-term datasets (primarily fossil pollen records) to explore and model precursors to abrupt ecological changes, and to develop criteria by which we can anticipate future regime shifts.

Selected Publications

Stegner MA, Karp D, Rominger A, Hadly EA, (2017) Can protected areas really maintain mammalian diversity? Insights from a nestedness analysis of the Colorado Plateau. Biological Conservation 209C: 546-553 DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2017.03.021

Barnosky AD, Hadly EA, Gonzalez P, Ackerly D, Alex K, Biber E, Blois J, Brashares J, Ceballos G, Davis E, Dietl G, Dirzo R, Doremus H, Eronen J, Fortelius M, Greene H, Head J, Hellmann J, Hickler T, Jackson S, Kemp M, Koch P, Kremen C, Lawing M, Lindsey E, Looy C, Marshall C, Mendenhall C, Mulch A, Mychaljliw A, Nowak C, Polly PD, Ramakrishnan U, Schnitzler J, Das Shrestha K, Solari K, Stegner L, Stegner MA, Chr. Stenseth N, Wake M, Zhang Z (2017). Merging Paleontology With Conservation Biology to Guide the Future of Terrestrial Ecosystems. Science DOI: 10.1126/science.aah4787

Stegner MA (2016) Stasis and change in Holocene small mammal diversity during a period of aridification in southeastern Utah. The Holocene, 26(7): 1005-1019 DOI:10.1177/0959683616632894

Stegner MA (2015) The Mescal Cave Fauna (San Bernardino County, California): Testing Assumptions of Habitat Fidelity in the Quaternary Fossil Record. Quaternary Research, 83: 582-587.

Barnosky AD, Holmes M, Kirchholtes R, Lindsey E, Maguire KC, Poust AW, Stegner MA, Sunseri J, Swartz B, Swift J, Villavicencio NA, Wogan GOU (2014) Prelude to the Anthropocene: two newly-defined North American Land-Mammal Ages. The Anthropocene Review, 1(3): 225-242.

Stegner MA, Holmes M (2013) Using paleontological data to assess mammalian community structure: Potential aid in conservation planning. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 372: 138-146.

Personal Interests

Cooking, hiking and camping, cross country skiing, my awesome dog.

Contact Information

434 Birge Hall
430 Lincoln Drive
Madison, WI 53706
e-mail: mstegner @ wisc.edu