Lab Members

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<h4 text align="center">Adams Eckersell</h4>
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Adams Eckersell

M.S. Student, Idaho State University
MS advisors: Dr. Antonio J. Castro & Colden Baxter

Bachelor Science in Biology, Idaho State University, 2017
Adam is focused on studying ecosystem services provided by freshwater organisms in the Henrys Fork watershed in South Eastern Idaho. He is particularly interested in the ecosystem services provided by salmon flies in relation to both aquatic (e.g. fish and invertebrates) and terrestrial organisms (e.g. humans and birds). He will be combining comprehensive food web research with socio – cultural assessments to shed light on the importance of individual species relationships to ecosystem services provided to various stakeholder groups. His research will demonstrate the importance of an individual species contribution to the preservation of biodiversity and ecosystem services for future generations.

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<h4 text align="center">Dainee Gibson</h4>
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Dainee Gibson

M.S. Student, Idaho State University
MS advisors: Dr. Antonio J. Castro

Bachelor Science in Biology and Sustainability, Furman University, 2016

Dainee is focused on combining ecosystem services with conservation planning through biophysical and socio-cultural assessments of the landscape. Her study area is Southeastern Idaho, an area with distinct conservation opportunities among an urbanizing rural landscape. She is investigating the connections between ecosystem and human well-being and hopes to provide useful information for land use planners and conservationists in the Rocky Mountain region.

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<h4 text align="center">Cristina Quintas Soriano</h4>
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Cristina Quintas Soriano

Postdoctoral Associate, Idaho State University, Spain
PhD advisors: Dr. Antonio J. Castro and Dr. Marina García Llorente

Bachelor Science in Environmental Sciences, University of Almeria, 2012

Master of Sciences in Global Change Monitoring, University of Almeria, 2013

PhD Thesis Link

Cristina uses biophysical modeling and socio-cultural assessment to integrate ecosystem services in conservation and planning. Her case study are the semiarid environments of the Iberian Peninsula. There, her main goal is to study the links between ecosystems and human wellbeing using a multidisciplinary approach for the analysis of ecosystem services considering different dimensions of valuation. Her ultimate goal is to provide managers and practitioners useful information for guiding land management and conservation efforts of this unique ecosystems in Europe. She is now involved in the MILES program and the PECS project where she is working on ecosystem services across different social-ecological systems in Spain, Oklahoma, and Idaho.

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<h4 text align="center">Juan F. Velasco Muñoz</h4>
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Juan F. Velasco Muñoz

Ph.D Student, University of Almeria, Spain
PhD advisors: Dr. José A. Aznar, Dr. Antonio J. Castro, and Dr. Marina García Llorente

Bachelor Science in Business Administrations, University of Almeria, 2013

MS in Economics, University of Almeria, 2015

Juan focuses on the sociocultural and economic assessment of ecosystem services provided by agro-ecosystems. His study area is located in the semiarid environments of the Iberian Peninsula, southeast Spain. He is studying the largest ecological Almond tree plantations of  the world. He uses different valuation techniques to explore  the capacity of agro-ecosystems to provide provisioning services such as local identity, aesthetics values, and ecotourism but also key regulating ecosystem services that are key to support human wellbeing of this region. His ultimate goal is to provide managers useful information for incorporating the value of agro-ecosystems into the management and planning.

Lab Alumni

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<h4 text align="center">Juan M. Requena Mullor</h4>
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Juan M. Requena Mullor

Former Ph.D student, 2015. Current Postdoctoral Researcher – CAESCG, University of Almería
PhD advisors: Dr. Enrique López and Dr. Antonio J. Castro

PhD Thesis Link

Juanmi is interested in ecological modeling, particularly looking for the improvement of mammals habitat modeling using remote sensing information related with ecosystem functioning. His research focuses on the use of vegetation indexes as Enhanced Vegetation Index (EVI) in modeling of wildlife ́s ecological attributes as their ecological niche. Other areas of interest are mammals and Global Change, biodiversity in arid and semiarid landscapes, sampling populations and communities, ecosystem services, individual based modeling and sustainable agriculture. Currently, he is involved in a project developing an experimental design and methodology for the Monitoring Program of the Global Change effects in arid and semi-arid zones of southeastern Spain.

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<h4 text align="center">Kelsey Whorton-Bowman</h4>
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Kelsey Whorton-Bowman

Former Undergraduate student at OU, 2013. Current Environmental Programs Specialist at Oklahoma Water Resources Boardof
Advisors: Dr. Antonio J. Castro and Dr. Caryn Vaughn

Kelsey worked with me from May 2013 to June 2015  with the Oklahoma Biological Survey for the her undergraduate thesis. We traveled to the Kiamichi River Watershed in southeast Oklahoma. During our weeks in the area we surveyed hundreds of locals, tourists, business owners, and students on water and ecosystem services provided by the area. Kelsey also worked using InVEST to map the capacity of the Kiamichi River watershed to storage carbon. We were interested in how humans perceive the importance of these services and how different land activities and/or water flows will affect the benefits of them. As a result of this collaboration we published a paper on perceptions of ecosystem services at the watershed level.

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<h4 text align="center">Joseph Sardashti</h4>
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Joseph Sardashti

Former Undergraduate student at OU, 2013. Current Energy Program Coordinator at City of Oklahoma City
Advisors: Dr. Antonio J. Castro

Joseph worked with me from May 2013 to June 2015  with the Oklahoma Biological Survey. We traveled to the Kiamichi River Watershed in southeast Oklahoma. During our weeks in the area we surveyed hundreds of locals, tourists, business owners, and students on water and ecosystem services provided by the area. We were interested in how humans perceive the importance of these services and how different land activities and/or water flows will affect the benefits of them.

Scientists we collaborate with

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<h4 text align="center"><a href="http://carynvaughn.com" target="_blank">Caryn Vaughn</a></h4>
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Caryn Vaughn

Presidential Professor
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<h4 text align="center"><a href="https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=7HlpwFwAAAAJ&hl=en" target="_blank">Berta Martín-López</a></h4>
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Berta Martín-López

Associate Professor
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<h4 text align="center"><a href="https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=geMHCfkAAAAJ&hl=en" target="_blank">Marina García Llorente</h4>
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Marina García Llorente

Research Scientist

Domingo Alcaraz Segura

Assistant Professor
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<h4 text align="center"><a href="https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=6ZKfJOIAAAAJ&hl=en" target="_blank">Peter Verburg</a></h4>
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Peter Verburg

Full Professor
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<h4 text align="center"><a href="http://www.agro.uba.ar/users/paruelo" target="_blank">José M. Paruelo</a></h4>
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José M. Paruelo

Full Professor
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<h4 text align="center"><a href="http://www2.isu.edu/departments/strmecol/" target="_blank">Colden V. Baxter</a></h4>
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Colden V. Baxter

Full Professor
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<h4 text align="center"><a href="https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=7iRmRKUAAAAJ">Patricia Balvanera</a></h4>
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Patricia Balvanera

Full Professor
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<h4 text align="center"><a href="https://scholar.google.de/citations?user=MnKODIAAAAAJ&hl=en" target="_blank">Tobias Plieninger</a></h4>
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Tobias Plieninger

Associate Professor
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<h4 text align="center"><a href="http://rebeccahale.weebly.com/" target="_blank">Rebecca Hale</a></h4>
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Rebecca Hale

Assistant Research Professor
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<h4 text align="center"><a href="https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=PfPfYNMAAAAJ&hl=en" target="_blank">Benis Egoh</a></h4>
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Benis Egoh

Research Scientist

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<h4 text align="center"><a href="http://www.kristacapps.net" target="_blank">Krista Capps</a></h4>
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Krista Capps

Assistant Professor
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<h4 text align="center"><a href="https://hes.boisestate.edu/who-we-are/faculty/jodi-brandt/" target="_blank">Jodi Brandt</a></h4>
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Jodi Brandt

Assistant Professor
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<h4 text align="center"><a href="https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=y69fJAoAAAAJ&hl=en">Nancy Gleen</a></h4>
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Nancy Gleen

Full Professor
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<h4 text align="center"><a href="https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=1820r7oAAAAJ&hl=en" target="_blank">José Ángel Aznar</a></h4>
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José Ángel Aznar

Full Professor

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<h4 text align="center"><a href="https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Katrina_Running">Katrina Running</a></h4>
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Katrina Running

Assistant Professor

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<h4 text align="center"><a href="Francis turkelboom">Francis Turkelboom</a></h4>
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Francis Turkelboom

Full Professor