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Kei Sochi

Spatial Ecologist, Development by Design

Boulder, Colorado

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Spatial Ecology, Development By Design, Conservation Planning


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Kei Sochi is a spatial ecologist for the Development by Design team at The Nature Conservancy and is currently working on projects examining the impacts of development in Indonesia, Brazil, and the western U.S.

Previous to joining the Development by Design group, Kei worked for The Nature Conservancy’s Nevada and Colorado field offices on regional, state-wide, and local conservation planning and analysis efforts. Kei received her A.B. from Princeton University and an M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Kennedy, C.M., Miteva, D.A., Baumgarten, L., Hawthorne, P.L., Sochi, K., Polasky, S., Oakleaf, J.R., Uhlhorn, E.M. & Kiesecker, J. (2016). Bigger is better: improved nature conservation and economic returns from landscape-level mitigation. Science Advances, 2, e1501021.Sochi, K. & Kiesecker, J.M. (2016).  Optimizing regulatory requirements to aid in the implementation of mitigation. Journal of Applied Ecology, 53, 317-322.


Fitzsimons, J., Heiner, M.,  McKenney, B., Sochi, K. & Kiesecker, J. (2014). Development by Design in Western Australia: overcoming offset obstacles. Land, 3, 167-187.


Kiesecker, J.M., Sochi, K., Heiner, M., McKenney, B., Evans, J. & Copeland, H. ( 2013). Development by Design in Western Australia: using a revisionist history to guide a sustainable future. Pages 495-507 in S.A. Levin, editor. Encyclopedia of biodiversity. Academic Press, Waltham, Maryland.Kiesecker, J., Heiner, M. Sochi, K., McKenney, B. & Fitzsimons, J. (2013). Development by Design: cooperative mitigation planning for Barrick Gold's Kanowna Belle operations in Western Australia. The Nature Conservancy, Boulder, CO.Sochi, K., Heiner, M., Copeland, H.,  Pocewicz, A. & Kiesecker, J. (2013). Systematic conservation planning in the Wyoming Basins. The Nature Conservancy, Boulder, CO.


Obermeyer, B., Manes, R.,  Kiesecker, J., Fargione, J. & Sochi, K. (2011). Development by Design: mitigating wind development’s impacts on wildlife on Kansas. PLoS ONE, 6, e26698.


Sochi, K., Evans, J.S. & Kiesecker, J.M. (2010). Conservation in Wyoming Basins Ecoregion: planning today by assessing future scenarios. GAP Analysis Bulletin, 17, 23-25.


Nachlinger, J., Sochi, K., Comer, P., Kittlel, G. & Dorfman, D. (2001). Great Basin: an ecoregion-based conservation blueprint. The Nature Conservancy, Reno, NV.