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Development by Design: Joe Kiesecker


Joe Kiesecker

Lead Scientist & Director, Development by Design

Joseph Kiesecker is a Lead Scientist for The Nature Conservancy’s Conservation Lands Team. In this capacity his main responsibilities include developing new tools, methods, and techniques that improve conservation. He pioneered the Conservancy’s Development by Design strategy, to improve impact mitigation through the incorporation of predictive modeling to provide solutions that benefits conservation goals and development. He also conducts his own research in areas ranging from disease ecology, to the effectiveness of new conservation tools such as conservation easements.

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Joe in the News

Stemming the Impact of Energy Production on Wildlife

PBS Newshour reports on how Joe has helped preserve key habitat for species that will replace habitat lost to natural gas drilling.

Sage Grouse Should Get Species Protection

Bloomberg turns to Joe for analysis on endangered species protection for the greater sage grouse.

Articles by Joe

The Greater Sage-Grouse Dilemma

A decision on listing the greater sage grouse as protected will impact its future as well as economic and conservation opportunities across the country.

Publications

Development by Design

Saenz, Shirley; Walschburger, Tomas; González, Juan C.; León, Jorge; McKenney, Bruce; Kiesecker, Joseph. 2013. "A Framework for Implementing and Valuing Biodiversity Offsets in Colombia: A Landscape Scale Perspective." Sustainability 5, no. 12: 4961-4987.

Saenz S, Walschburger T, González JC, León J, McKenney B, Kiesecker J. (2013) Development by Design in Colombia: Making Mitigation Decisions Consistent with Conservation Outcomes. PLoS ONE 8(12): e81831. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0081831

Kiesecker J.M., Sochi K., Heiner M., McKenney B., Evans J., and H. Copeland. 2013. Development by Design: Using a Revisionist History to Guide a Sustainable Future. In: Levin S.A. (ed.) Encyclopedia of Biodiversity, second edition, pp. 495-507. Waltham, MA: Academic Press.

Kiesecker JM, H Copeland, B McKenney, A Pocewicz, and K Doherty. 2011. Energy by Design: Making mitigation work for conservation and development. Chapter 9 in: Naugle, D.E. ed Energy development and wildlife conservation in Western North America. Island Press.

Obermeyer B., Manes R., Kiesecker J., Fargione J., Sochi K. (2011) Development by Design: Mitigating Wind Development’s Impacts on Wildlife in Kansas. PLoS ONE 6(10): e26698. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0026698

Kiesecker, J.M., H. Copeland, A. Pocewicz, and B. McKenney 2010. Development by Design: Blending Landscape Level Planning with the Mitigation Hierarchy. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 8: 261-266

Kiesecker, J.M., H. Copeland, A. Pocewicz, N. Nibbelink, B. McKenney, J. Dahlke, M. Holloran, and D. Stroud 2009. A framework for implementing biodiversity offsets: selecting sites and determining scale. BioScience 59:77-84

Energy

Evans, J. and J. Kiesecker 2014. Shale Gas, Wind and Water: Assessing the Potential Cumulative Impacts of Energy Development on Ecosystem Services within the Marcellus Play. PLoS One.

Fargione J., Kiesecker J., Slaats M.J., Olimb S. (2012) Wind and Wildlife in the Northern Great Plains: Identifying Low-Impact Areas for Wind Development. PLoS ONE 7(7): e41468. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0041468MJ.

Kiesecker, J.M., Evans, J.S., Fargione, J., Doherty, K., Foresman, K.R., et al. 2011. Win-Win for Wind and Wildlife: A Vision to Facilitate Sustainable Development. PLoS ONE 6: e17566. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0017566

Copeland H.E., Doherty K.E., Naugle D.E., Pocewicz A., Kiesecker J.M. (2009) Mapping Oil and Gas Development Potential in the US Intermountain West and Estimating Impacts to Species. PLoS ONE 4(10): e7400. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0007400

McDonald R., Fargione J., Kiesecker J.M., Miller W.M., Powell J. (2009) Energy sprawl or energy efficiency: climate policy impacts on natural habitat for the United States of America. PLOS One 4: 8.  

Conservation Easements

Pocewicz, A. Kiesecker JM, Jones GP, Copeland H, Daline J, BA Mealor. 2011. Effectiveness of conservation easements for reducing development and maintaining biodiversity in sagebrush ecosystems Biological Conservation: 144: 567-574, 2011  

Kiesecker, J. M., T. Comendant, T. Grandmason, E.Gray, C. Hall, R. Hilsenbeck, P.Kareiva, L. Lozier, P. Naehu, A.Rissman, M.R. Shaw, and M. Zankel. 2007. Conservation easements in context: a quantitative analysis of their use by The Nature Conservancy. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 5: 125–130. 

Rissman, A.R., Comendant, T., Kareiva, P., Kiesecker, J.M., Lozier, L., Shaw, M.S. and A.M. Merenlender. 2007. Private use and conservation protection on conservation easements. Conservation Biology 21:709-718

Disease Ecology

Kiesecker J.M. 2012. Global stressors and the global decline of amphibians: tipping the stress immunocompetency axis. Ecological Research Volume 26, Issue 5, pp 897-908

Kiesecker, J.M. 2002. Synergism between trematode infection and pesticide exposure: A link to amphibian limb deformities in nature? Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 99:9900-9904.  

Kiesecker, J.M. A.R. Blaustein and L. Belden. 2001. Complex causes of amphibian population declines. Nature 410:681-684.  

Kiesecker, J.M., Skelly, D.K., Beard, K. and E. Pressier. 1999. Behavioral Reduction of Infection Risk. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 96:9165-9168.  

Invasive Species

Kiesecker, J.M., Blaustein, A.R. and C.L. Miller. 2001. The transfer of a pathogen from fish to amphibians. Conservation Biology 15: 1064-1070.  

Kiesecker, J.M., Miller, C.L. and A.R. Blaustein. 2001. Potential mechanisms underlying the displacement of native red-legged frogs by introduced bullfrogs. Ecology 82: 1964-1970.  

Kiesecker, J.M. and A.R. Blaustein.. 1997. Population differences in responses of red-legged frogs (Rana aurora) to introduced bullfrogs (Rana catesbeiana). Ecology 78:1752-1760.  

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Joseph Kiesecker is a Lead Scientist for The Nature Conservancy’s Conservation Lands Team. In this capacity his main responsibilities include developing new tools, methods, and techniques that improve conservation. He pioneered the Conservancy’s Development by Design strategy, to improve impact mitigation through the incorporation of predictive modeling to provide solutions that benefits conservation goals and development. He also conducts his own research in areas ranging from disease ecology, to the effectiveness of new conservation tools such as conservation easements.

His training was in ecology, conservation biology and animal behavior, with a Ph.D. from Oregon State University in 1997. He has held faculty appointments at Yale University, Penn State University and currently holds a faculty appointment at the University of Wyoming. He has been a Donnelly Fellow, and has received funding for his research from National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the IUCN and numerous private foundations. Kiesecker has published over 100 articles, on topics ranging from climate change to the effectiveness of conservation strategies; examples of his work have been published in Nature, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Conservation Biology, Ecology and American Scientist.

His past work has focused primarily on the conservation and ecology of freshwater systems. In particular, he has been interested in the global amphibian decline phenomenon. This line of research has involved investigating how perturbations resulting from climate change and land use changes can stress organisms, making them more susceptible to disease. He began his job with the Conservancy in 2004 with the challenge of putting years of classroom teaching and academic research into conservation practice in the real world. Kiesecker has been married for thirteen years to his wife Cheri, together they have a 9 year son (Jackson) and 7 year old son (Griffin).

Contact

Geraldine Henrich-Koenis
Media Contact
Phone: (703) 841-3939
E-mail: ghenrich-koenis@tnc.org

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Areas of Expertise
  • Development by Design
  • Energy siting and mitigation
  • The role of environmental change in the emergence of wildlife & human diseases
  • Impacts of climate change and land use change on freshwater systems
Awards
  • Donnelley Fellow, Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies

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