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 the ecological and sociocultural foundations of relational values in social-ecological river systems.   Relational values are “values linking people and ecosystems via tangible and intangible relationships to nature as well as the principles, virtues and notions of a good life that may accompany these relational values in river social-ecological systems. He is working on the Henrys Fork watershed in South Eastern Idaho looking at  the cultural 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 combines comprehensive food web research with socio – cultural assessments to shed light on the importance of individual species relationships to ecosystem services to shape relational values. His research demonstrates 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. Jodi Brandt
Bachelor Science in Environmental Sciences, University of Almeria, 2012
Master of Sciences in Global Change Monitoring, University of Almeria, 2013

PhD Thesis Link

Cristina Quintas Soriano is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Idaho State University (ISU). Her main research area is focused on the study of the links between ecosystems and human wellbeing using a multidisciplinary approach for the analysis of ecosystem services considering different dimensions of valuation. She is now involved in the MILES program and the PECS project, working on ecosystem services across different social-ecological systems in Spain, Oklahoma, and Idaho.

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<h4 text align="center">Aline Pingarroni</h4>
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Aline Pingarroni

Ph.D student, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)
PhD advisors: Dr. Patricia Balvanera and Dr. Antonio J. Castro
Bachelor Science in Biological Sciences, UNAM, 2012
MS in Biological Sciences, UNAM, 2014

Aline is a PhD student within the FOREFRONT program. The FOREFRONT program focuses on agro-forest frontier areas, which are the particularly dynamic borders between forested and agricultural land.FOREFRONT aims to link the landscape-transforming strategies of the various actors with landscape changes and resulting ecosystem services. Alines is focusing on optimizing bundles of ecosystem services and minimizing trade-offs between biodiversity conservation and agricultural production in agro-forest frontiers.

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<h4 text align="center">Loni Kai Nelson</h4>
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Loni Kai Nelson

Undergraduate MURI student, Idaho State University
Advisors: Dr. Antonio J. Castro
Bachelor Science in Biological Sciences, ISU, 2018

Loni is working as a MURI student on the ecological and sociocultural foundations of relational values in social-ecological river systems.  She is assisting in the ecological  assessment of  emergent aquatic insects are to trout production, as well as the sociocultural valuation of cultural ecosystem services in the Henrys Fork watershed, Idaho.

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