Energy and Infrastructure


Peer-Reviewed Publications

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

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

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

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

McKenney, B. and J.M. Kiesecker. 2010. Policy Development for Biodiversity Offsets: A Review of Offset Frameworks. Environmental Management 45:165-176

Sochi, K., J. Evans, and J.M. Kiesecker. 2010. Conservation in the Wyoming Basins Ecoregion: Planning Today by Assessing Future Scenarios. Gap Analysis Bulletin 17: 23-25

Doherty KE, Naugle DE, Evans JS et al. 2010. A Currency for Offsetting Energy Development Impacts: Horse-Trading Sage-Grouse on the Open Market. PLoS ONE 5(4): e10339. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0010339

Kiesecker, J.M., J. Evans, J. Fargione, et al. 2011. Win-Win for Wind and Wildlife: A Vision to Facilitate Sustainable Development. PLoS One. 6 (4):e17566. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0017566

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

Cameron D.R., B.S. Cohen, S.A. Morrison. 2012. An Approach to Enhance the Conservation-Compatibility of Solar Energy Development. PLoS ONE 7(6): e38437. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0038437.

Fargione, J., J.M. Kiesecker, M.J. Slaats, S. Olimb. 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.0041468

Copeland H.E., A. Pocewicz, D.E. Naugle, T. Griffiths, D. Keinath, et al. 2013. Measuring the Effectiveness of Conservation: A Novel Framework to Quantify the Benefits of Sage-Grouse Conservation Policy and Easements in Wyoming. PLoS ONE 8(6): e67261.

Baruch-Mordo S., J.S. Evans, J.P. Severson, D.E. Naugle, J.D. Maestas, J.M. Kiesecker, M.J. Falkowski, C.A. Hagen, and K.P. Reese. 2013. Saving sage-grouse from the trees: A proactive solution to reducing a key threat to a candidate species. Biological Conservation. 167: 233-241.

Oakleaf, J.R., C. Kennedy, T. Boucher, J. M. Kiesecker. 2013. Tailoring Global Data to Guide Corporate Investments in Biodiversity, Environmental Assessments and Sustainability. Sustainability 5, no. 10: 4444-4460.

Saenz, S., T. Walschburger, J.C. González, J. León, B. McKenney, J.M. Kiesecker. 2013. A Framework for Implementing and Valuing Biodiversity Offsets in Colombia: A Landscape Scale Perspective. Sustainability 5, no. 12: 4961-4987.

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

Evans, J. and J.M. Kiesecker. 2014. Shale Gas, Wind and Water: Assessing the Potential Cumulative Impacts of Energy Development on Ecosystem Services within the Marcellus Play. PLoS ONE 9(2): e89210. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0089210

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

Villarroya, A. Barros, A.C. and J.Kiesecker. 2014. Policy Development for Environmental Licensing and Biodiversity Offsets in Latin America. PLoS ONE. 2014; 9(9): e107144. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0107144

Kiesecker, JM. McKenney, B.  and P. Kareiva. 2015. Offsets: Factor failure into protected areas. Nature 525 (7567), 33-33
Tallis, H. Kennedy, CM. Ruckelshaus, M. Goldstein, J. and JM Kiesecker 2015. Mitigation for one & all: An integrated framework for mitigation of development impacts on biodiversity and ecosystem services. Environmental Impact Assessment Review 55, 21-34
Mandle, L. Bryant, BP. Ruckelshaus, M. Geneletti, D. Kiesecker, JM. and A. Pfaff. 2015. Entry points for considering ecosystem services within infrastructure planning: How to integrate conservation with development in order to aid them both. Conservation Letters 2015: DOI: 10.1111/conl.12201
Jones, NF. Pejchar, L. and JM Kiesecker. 2015. The Energy Footprint: How Oil, Natural Gas, and Wind Energy Affect Land for Biodiversity and the Flow of Ecosystem Services. BioScience 2015: DOI: 10.1093/biosci/biu224

Oakleaf, James R., Christina Kennedy, Sharon Baruch-Mordo, Paul C. West, James S. Gerber, Larissa Jarvis, and Joseph Kiesecker. 2015. “A World at Risk: Aggregating Development Trends to Forecast Global Habitat Conversion.” PLOS ONE.  doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0138334.

Book Chapters

Copeland, H.E., A. Pocewicz, and J.M. Kiesecker. 2011. Geography of energy development in Western North America: Potential impacts to terrestrial ecosystems. Pages 7-22 in D. Naugle editor “Energy development and wildlife conservation in Western North America” Island Press

Copeland, H.E., K.E. Doherty, D.E. Naugle, A. Pocewicz, and J.M. Kiesecker. 2011. Forecasting Development scenarios to aid in conservation design. Pages 183-193 in D. Naugle editor “Energy development and wildlife conservation in Western North America” Island Press

Kiesecker, J.M., H.E. Copeland, B. McKenney, A. Pocewicz, K.E. Doherty. 2011. Energy by design: Making mitigation work for conservation and development. Pages 157-189 in D. E. Naugle editor “Energy Development and Wildlife Conservation in Western North America” Island Press 

Girvetz, E.H., R. McDonald, M. Heiner, J. Kiesecker, D. Galbadrakh, C. Pague, M. Durnin and O. Enkhtuya. (2012) Eastern Mongolian Grassland Steppe. Chapter 8 in: Climate and Conservation: Landscape and Seascape Science, Planning and Action (Edited by JA Hilty, CC Chester and M Cross), pp 92-103. Island Press/Center for Resource Economics, Washington.

Kiesecker J.M., K. Sochi, M. Heiner, B. McKenney, J.S. Evans, and H.E. 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.

Heiner, M., Oakleaf, J.R., Galbadrakh, D., Bayarjargal, Y., and J.M. Kiesecker. Emerging Threats to Snow Leopards from Mining and Energy Development. In: McCarthy, T. and Mallon, D. (Eds.), Snow Leopards of the World: The Science, Politics, and Conservation of Panthera uncia. Elsevier Science, Amsterdam. In Press.


Heiner, M., D. Galbadrakh, J.M. Kiesecker, B. McKenney, J. Evans, E. Tuguldur, D. Zumburelmaa, V. Ulziisaikhan, B. Oyungerel, D. Sanjmyatav, R. Gankhuyag, D. Enkhbat, L. Ocirhuyag, G. Sergelen, E. Girvetz and R. McDonald. (2011) Identifying Conservation Priorities in the Face of Future Development: Applying Development by Design in the Grasslands of Mongolia. The Nature Conservancy. Ulaanbaatar. [Also available in Mongolian]

Heiner, M., Y. Bayarjargal, J.M. Kiesecker, D. Galbadrakh, N. Batsaikhan, M. Ganbaatar, I. Odonchimeg, O. Enkhtuya, D. Enkhbat, H. von Wehrden, R. Reading, K. Olson, R. Jackson, J. Evans, B. McKenney, J. Oakleaf, K. Sochi, E. Oidov. (2013) Identifying Conservation Priorities in the Face of Future Development: Applying Development by Design in the Mongolian Gobi. The Nature Conservancy. Ulaanbaatar. [Also available in Mongolian]

Sochi, K., M. Heiner, H. Copeland, A. Pocewicz, and J.M. Kiesecker. (2013). Systematic Conservation Planning in the Wyoming Basins. The Nature Conservancy. Boulder, CO.

Kiesecker, J., M. Heiner, K. Sochi, B. McKenney, and J.Fitzsimons. (2013). Development by Design: Cooperative mitigation planning for Barrick Gold’s Kanowna Belle operations in Western Australia. The Nature Conservancy.

Dunscomb, J.K., J.S. Evans, J.M. Strager, M.P. Strager, J.M. Kiesecker. (2014). Assessing Future Energy Development across the Appalachian Landscape Conservation Cooperative. The Nature Conservancy. Charlottesville (VA). Appalachian Landscape Conservation Cooperative Grant #2012-02.

Tools & Web-based GIS Applications

Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Trends and Conditions Assessment Tool (BESTCAT)

Mongolian Gobi Region Ecoregional Assessment GIS Tool

Mongolian Eastern Steppe Ecoregional Assessment GIS Tool

Mitigation Decision Support Tool for Pinedale Anticline & Hiawatha Oil and Gas Developments

Manuscripts in Review

Evans, J., J.M. Kiesecker, J. Fargione, et al. Mapping human disturbance for biodiversity conservation in the contiguous US. Conservation Letters. In Review 

Oakleaf, J., C.M. Kennedy, S. Baruch-Mordo, P.C. West, J.S. Gerber, L. Jarvis, J.M. Kiesecker. A World at Risk: Aggregating Development Trends to Forecast Global Habitat Conversion. PNAS. In Review.

Sochi, K. and J.M Kiesecker. Optimizing regulatory requirements to aid in the implementation of mitigation. Journal of Applied Ecology. In Review


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