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Liz Kalies

Director of Science, North Carolina Chapter

Durham, NC

Liz Kalies standsin front of a large solar panel.

Liz Kalies Director of Science © Chuck Peoples

Areas of Expertise

Wildlife ecology, Renewable energy, Forest restoration, Science synthesis


Debbie Crane


Liz Kalies is the Director of Science for the North Carolina Chapter of The Nature Conservancy (TNC), and an adjunct assistant professor at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. She is a terrestrial ecologist, with expertise in wildlife field ecology, forest restoration and quantitative ecology. At TNC, she focuses on (1) coordination of large-scale monitoring to assess land protection outcomes, (2) using evidence-based synthesis approaches to answer management questions, and (3) research on wildlife ecology and connectivity, particularly in the context of renewable energy development.

Prior to joining TNC in 2015, Liz worked at the Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh on the eMammal camera-trapping study. Before that, she worked extensively on forest restoration and wildfire and the impacts on wildlife communities, with the Ecological Restoration Institute in Arizona. She has a PhD in wildlife ecology from Northern Arizona University, a master’s degree in ecology from Yale University, and a BS in biology from Cornell University. She lives in Chapel Hill, and has hobbies that have taken a backseat to raising three children.

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Esch, B.E., A. Waltz, T. Wasserman, and E.L. Kalies. 2018. Using best available science information: Defining best and available. Journal of Forestry: 116(5):473-480.

Game, E.T., H. Tallis, L. Olander, S.M. Alexander, J. Busch, N. Cartwright, E.L. Kalies, Y.J. Masuda, A.C. Mupepele, J. Qui, A. Rooney, E. Sills, and W.J. Sutherland. 2018. Cross-discipline evidence principles for sustainability policy. Nature Sustainability 1(9):452–454.

Qiu, J., E.T. Game, H. Tallis, L.P. Olander, L. Glew, J.S. Kagan, E.L. Kalies, D. Michanowicz, J. Phelan, S. Polasky, J. Reed, E.O. Sills, D. Urban, and S.K. Weaver. 2018. Evidence-based causal chains for linking health, development, and conservation actions. BioScience 68(3):182–193.

Kays, R., A.W. Parsons, M.C. Baker, E.L. Kalies, T. Forrester, R. Costello, C.T. Rota, J.J. Millspaugh, and W.J. McShea. 2017. Does hunting or hiking affect wildlife communities in protected areas? Journal of Applied Ecology 54(1):242-252.

Kalies, E.L. and L.L. Yocom Kent. 2016. Tamm Review: Are fuel treatments effective at achieving ecological and social objectives? A systematic review. Forest Ecology and Management (375):84-95.

Kalies, E.L., K.A. Haubensak, and A.J. Finkral. 2016. Berlyn Review: A meta-analysis of management effects on forest ecosystem carbon. Journal of Sustainable Forestry 35(5):311-323.

Kays, R., R. Costello, T. Forrester, M.C. Baker-Whatton, A.W. Parsons, E.L. Kalies, G. Hess, J.J. Millspaugh, and W. McShea. 2015. Cats are rare where coyotes roam. Journal of Mammalogy 96(5):981-987. 

Waltz, A.E.M., M.T. Stoddard, E.L. Kalies, J.D. Springer, D.W. Huffman, and A.J. Sánchez Meador.  2014.  Effectiveness of fuel reduction treatments: Assessing metrics of forest resiliency and wildfire severity after the Wallow Fire, AZ. Forest Ecology and Management 334:43-52.

Kalies, E.L. and S.S. Rosenstock. 2013. Stand structure and breeding birds: Implications for restoring ponderosa pine forests. Journal of Wildlife Management 77(6): 1157-1165. 

Kalies, E.L. and W.W. Covington. 2012. Small mammal community maintains stability through compensatory dynamics after restoration of a ponderosa pine forest. Ecosphere 3(9):78.

Kalies, E.L., B.G. Dickson, C.L. Chambers, and W.W. Covington. 2012. Small mammal community occupancy responses to restoration treatments in ponderosa pine forests, northern Arizona, USA. Ecological Applications 22(1): 204-217. 

Fulé, P.Z., J.E. Crouse, J.P. Roccaforte, and E.L. Kalies. 2012. Do thinning and/or burning treatments on ponderosa pine and related forests in western USA produce restoration of natural fire behavior? A systematic review. Forest Ecology and Management 269: 68-81.

Kalies, E.L., C.L. Chambers, and W.W. Covington. 2010. Wildlife responses to thinning and burning treatments in southwestern conifer forests: A meta-analysis. Forest Ecology and Management 259: 333-342.

Schmitz, O.J., E.L. Kalies, and M.G. Booth. 2006. Alternative dynamic regimes and trophic control of plant succession. Ecosystems 9:659-672.