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Elizabeth Kalies


Elizabeth Kalies

Director of Science

Liz is the Director of Science for the North Carolina chapter of the Nature Conservancy (TNC). She is a terrestrial ecologist, with expertise in wildlife field ecology, wildlife-habitat relationships, 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.

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Publications

2016

Kalies, E.L., Haubensak, K.A. & Finkral, A.J. (2016). A meta-analysis of management effects on forest carbon storage. Journal of Sustainable Forestry, 35, 311–323.

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

Kays, R., Parsons, A.W., Baker, M.C., Kalies, E.L., Forrester, T., Costello, R., Rota, C.T., Millspaugh, J.J. & McShea, W.J. (2016). Does hunting or hiking affect wildlife communities in protected areas? Journal of Applied Ecology, doi:10.1111/1365-2664.12700

Rota, C.T., Ferreira, M.A.R., Kays, R.W., Forrester, T.D., Kalies, E.L., McShea, W.J., Parsons, A.W. & Millspaugh, J.J. (2016). A multispecies occupancy model for two or more interacting species. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, doi:10.1111/2041-210X.12587

2015

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

Sánchez Meador, A.J., Waring, K.M. & Kalies, E.L. (2015). Implications of diameter caps on multiple forest resource responses in the context of the four forests restoration initiative: results from the forest vegetation simulator. Journal of Forestry, 113, 219–230.

2014

Fleishman, E., Thomson, J.R., Kalies, E.L., Dickson, B.G., Dobkin, D. s. & Leu, M. (2014). Projecting current and future location, quality, and connectivity of habitat for breeding birds in the Great Basin. Ecosphere, 5, 1–29.

Waltz, A.E.M., Stoddard, M.T., Kalies, E.L., Springer, J.D., Huffman, D.W. & Meador, A.S. (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.

2013

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

2012

Barrett, K.J., Kalies, E.L. & Chambers, C.L. (2012). Predator occupancy rates in a thinned ponderosa pine forest, Arizona: a pilot study. Wildlife Society Bulletin, 36, 232–239.

Fulé, P.Z., Crouse, J.E., Roccaforte, J.P. & Kalies, E.L. (2012). Do thinning and/or burning treatments in western USA ponderosa or Jeffrey pine-dominated forests help restore natural fire behavior? Forest Ecology and Management, 269, 68–81.

Kalies, E.L. & Covington, W.W. (2012). Small mammal community maintains stability through compensatory dynamics after restoration of a ponderosa pine forest. Ecosphere, 3, 1–11.

Kalies, E.L., Dickson, B.G., Chambers, C.L. & Covington, W.W. (2012). Community occupancy responses of small mammals to restoration treatments in ponderosa pine forests, northern Arizona, USA. Ecological Applications, 22, 204–217.

2010

Kalies, E., Covington, W., Chambers, C. & Rosenstock, S. (2010). How do thinning and burning treatments in southwestern conifer forests in the United States affect wildlife density and population performance? CEE Review, 09–005.

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

2006

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

Liz is the Director of Science for the North Carolina chapter of the Nature Conservancy (TNC). She is a terrestrial ecologist, with expertise in wildlife field ecology, wildlife-habitat relationships, 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.

Prior to joining TNC in 2011, Liz worked extensively in western forests on forest restoration and wildfire and the impacts on wildlife population and 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.

Contact

Debbie Crane
Director of Communications
Phone: 919-794-4373
E-mail: dcrane@tnc.org

Areas of Expertise

  • Wildlife Ecology
  • Forestry
  • Restoration Ecology
  • Species Distribution Modeling
  • Science Synthesis and Meta-Analysis

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