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 that are highly interdisciplinary and yet focused on the one broad topic of sustainability. the nexus between art and science. 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 Wrangel St. Elias National Parks, I have always been interested in the application of my research towards the management of the U.S. National Parks. Now, I work on ecological indicators of climate change with collaborative partners from many disciplines and our most recent work is focused on ecological indicators in Brazil and Peru looking at the linkages between changing ecological conditions, local community livelihoods and climate



  • Sustainability (including adaptation, sustainable development and scholarship on issues related to sustainable communities) National Parks and Protected areas general ecology and biodiversity Cross cultural connections Women in Science


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

  • Margaret Hazaleus Award for increasing research and scholarship on women and girls, 2013
  • Associate Affiliate Faculty, Department of Ethnic Studies, Colorado State University, 2013
  • NSF- 3dWomen women in sustainability, 2012
  • NSF- Fostering Learning Alliances in Sustainability in Higher education (FLASH), 2012
  • USAID-African Dryland Center, 2011
  • NSF - Global Women Research Scholars Network, 2011
  • AAAS Fellowship in Science and Diplomacy, 2011
  • NSF-Rocky Mountain Sustainability and Science Network, 2010


Science and Communication

UN Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio de Janeiro, 2012

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 (Applied Ecology Section Chair)
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow for Science and Diplomacy

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