Research Themes


Collecting water quality data.

Theme 1: Conservation in a modified world

Conservation actions are often required and undertaken in human modified environments that experience pressure from multiple threats. To ensure cost-effectiveness, planning the allocation of actions in modified environments requires that the spatial location of threats, management actions, and their connectivity be considered explicitly in planning (see Januchowski-Hartley et al. 2011 — part of a special issue on biological invasions and ecosystem functioning). Under this theme, I have also shown that small structures, such as culverts, are ubiquitous in landscapes of North America (see Januchowski-Hartley et al. 2013). I have also developed a method to predict road culvert passability for native fishes with different swimming speeds, showing that commonly available data on topography and drainage area are good predictors of passability.

CURRENT RESEARCH: At Université Paul Sabatier, colleagues and I are developing spatially explicit approaches to determining dam and weir impacts on freshwater fish species distributions and diversity patterns across France. This research is funded by Agence Francaise pour la Biodiversité, and is a primary contributor to the ODYSSEUS Biodiversa project.


Chatting with a farmer.

Theme 2: Knowledge, values and learning in conservation

Conservation areas and actions are more likely to be implemented if diverse stakeholders are involved in planning, and if their uses and values are explicitly considered in the planning process. My colleagues and I have demonstrated that understanding and accounting for stakeholders’ perceptions can help meet many ecological goals as well as deliver public and private benefits (see Januchowski-Hartley et al. 2012). I am interested in exploring how the integration of sciences and arts can enhance dialogue, sharing and learning about knowledge and values of freshwater ecosystems and conservation.

CURRENT RESEARCH: First, through collaborations formed during the International Marine Conservation Congress and Project Conservation Haiku, colleagues and I are currently exploring the role and potential future of poetry in environmental science communication and education. Second, through collaborations formed in the European Section of the Society for Conservation Biology, colleagues and I are exploring what students’ value about science communication and what they learned through a recent blogging project.