Thomas D. Sisk
Olajos-Goslow Professor of Environmental Science and Policy
Ph.D. Stanford University, 1992
B.A. Colorado College, 1983
Office: Physical Sciences (bldg #19), room 118
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Most conservation challenges
involve multiple species whose fates are influenced by multiple factors that
play out at the landscape level. My research addresses these challenges through
basic research in ecology, and through synthesis and application of research
results to land and resource management, education, and public outreach. I work
with a large and diverse team in the Lab of Landscape Ecology and Conservation
Biology and the Landscape Conservation Initiative. All our research is linked
to applications in environmental management, for which we develop and test
novel approaches for integrating rigorous science into planning and policy, particularly as it relates to the restoration, conservation, and
sustainable management of public lands.
We are interested in understanding
how nature works at the broad spatial scales that are relevant to conservation
planning, land management, and the maintenance of essential ecological
processes. The nature and number of research projects shifts over time, but we
consistently focus on four themes: the restoration of ecological integrity in
western forests and grasslands; the ecology and conservation of arid riparian
ecosystems; wildlife conservation; and habitat fragmentation and edge effects.
These projects draw on intensive field research and innovative techniques
drawing on remote sensing, geographic information systems, and advanced spatial
and statistical modeling.
Schultz, C.A., T.D. Sisk,
B.R. Noon and M.A. Nie. 2013.
Wildlife conservation planning under the U.S. Forest Service’s 2012 planning
rule. Journal of Wildlife Management DOI: 10.1002/jwmg.513.
Noon, B.R., L.L. Bailey,
T.D. Sisk, and K. McKelvey. 2012. Efficient
species-level monitoring at broad spatial scales. Conservation Biology
Battin, J. and T.D. Sisk.
2011. One-sided edge responses in forest
birds following restoration treatments. Condor 113:501-510.
Sisk, T.D. 2011. Seeding sustainability in the West.
Journal of Land, Resources and Environmental Law 31:79-100.
Sisk, T.D., G. Singh, J.
Tam, K.M.A. Chan, S. Klain, M. Mach, and R. Martone. 2011. Barriers and incentives to engagement in public policy and
science-based advocacy. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America
T.D. and 13 Co-authors. 2010. Integrating restoration and conservation objectives at the landscape
scale: The Kane and Two-mile Ranch Project. Pp. 44-66 in C. Van Riper III, B. Wakeling,
and T. Sisk (eds.) The Colorado Plateau IV. University of Arizona Press,
Tucson, AZ. 347 pp.
Ries, L. and T.D.
Sisk. 2010. What is an edge species? The
implications of sensitivity to habitat edges. Oikos 119:1636-1642.
For a complete list of publications and additional information, please download Thomas Sisk's CV.