About Gillian

I am a native of Brooklyn, New York and I started my career as an art major attending LaGuardia High School of the Arts where I earned a degree in fine arts with an interest in medical illustration. My academic career was in biological science with an emphasis on wildlife and population genetics, however at the same time, I have had several art shows and one solo ceramic sculpture exhibition. The interdisciplinary nexus between art and science is always of interest to me which led to my current research in collaborative teams. While much of my career was as an ecologist and wildlife biologist for the U.S. National Park Service with postings in Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Joshua Tree and Wrangell St. Elias National Parks, I have always been interested in the application of my research in associated with human communities whether through environmental justice or ecosystem services. Now, I work on ecological indicators of climate change with collaborative partners from many disciplines. Our most recent work is focused on ecological indicators in Yellowstone and Grand Tetons National Parks and Huascaran National Park, Peru. We use citizen science apps to generate data on pollinator shifts in the various parks and tie those shifts with local livelihoods. My newest project expands that research with a Marie Curie Horizon 2020 grant from the European Union which features mountain systems from around the world working on livelihoods that are shifting in response to climate change. I am part of a team working on pollinators and biodiversity indicators in high elevations in the Alps, Andes, Rocky Mountains and other mountain ranges.

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  • Sustainability (including adaptation, sustainable development and scholarship on issues related to global and multicultural communities)
  • National Parks and Protected areas
  • wild pollinators ecology and biodiversity change
  • International environmental negotiations (UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, IUCN)
  • Art and climate change Women in Science Diversity and Inclusion in Natural Resources


PhD, Biology - University of Missouri-St. Louis
St. Louis, MO,

BS, Biology - Northwestern University
Evanston, IL,

MS, Biology - University of Vermont
Burlington VT,

Awards, Honors, Grants

  • Marie Curie Horizon 202 RISE (Research Innovation Staff Exchange) grant from European Union, 2020
  • NSF-Youth Environmental Alliance in Higher Education (YEAH) RCN-UBE, 2020
  • NSF INCLUDES planning grant: Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) in the environmental sciences, 2020
  • NSF-International environmental negotiations Workshop, 2019
  • NSF-GEO-GOLD Workshop2 . Field Experiences for students in ecology--survey of ecological faculty, 2019
  • NSF International travel grant for student participation in negotiations., 2019
  • NSF-GEO-GOLD FIELD project, 2017
  • Fulbright Scholar La Molina University, 2017
  • NSF-Coupled Natural-Human systems grant: Andes, Bofedales and Cattle. Glacier retreat and livelihood in the high Andes of Peru, 2017
  • Human Diversity Award-Ecological Society of America , 2017
  • Joint Faculty, Department of Ethnic Studies, Colorado State University, 2013
  • Margaret Hazaleus Award for increasing research and scholarship on women and girls, 2013
  • NSF- Fostering Learning Alliances in Sustainability in Higher education (FLASH), 2012
  • NSF- 3dWomen women in sustainability, 2012
  • NSF - Global Women Research Scholars Network, 2011
  • AAAS Fellowship in Science and Diplomacy, 2011
  • USAID-African Dryland Center, 2011
  • NSF-Rocky Mountain Sustainability and Science Network, 2010
  • NSF Voices of Culture in Earth Sciences (VOICES) NSF-EAGER,


Students doing Goal oriented science for the SDGs

UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, Madrid, Spain, 2019

Science and Communication

UN Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio de Janeiro, 2012

Science and Diplomacy

American Association for the Advancement of Science, Seattle, 2020

Science and Diplomacy

American Association for the Advancement of Science, Seattle, Washington, 2020

Engaging Diversity students in field experiences in ecology

Ecological Society of America, Louisville, Kentucky, 2019

Global Women Scholars

Gordon Research Conference, New Hampshire, 2012

Social networks and science

University of Wollongong, Australia, 2011

Sustainable Fisheries

Pacific Economic Consulate, New Caledonia, 2011


  • AAAS Fellow in Science and Diplomacy by AAAS, 2011


  • Coalition of National Park Service Retirees
  • George Wright Society for Parks and Protected Areas
  • Ecological Society of America
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science

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