Josh Lawler

Josh Lawler is the Co-Director of the University of Washington’s Center for Creative Conservation and one of the authors of the 2017 paper, Nature Contact and Human Health: A Research Agenda. An ecologist driven by applied conservation questions and their real-world applications, with climate change at the root, Lawler is interested in how climate change can drive shifts in plant and animal distributions, and the impacts those shifts have at both the species and the ecosystem level. He uses a combination of field experiments and statistical and simulation modeling techniques, and works with collaborators to design tools that conservation planners can use to assess the impacts that climate change will have on protected landscapes. Additionally, he studies how climate change affects not only animals and plants, but also people, in this case through the loss of ecosystem services such as carbon storage, as well as the ways that human health, climate, and environment are connected.

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