Desiree L. Narango, Ph.D.
2020-2022 David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellow
Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
I study how plants and animals interact with each other, their environment, and with us. Most of my work takes place in novel landscapes significantly altered by people, such as urban forests, residential yards, and farmland. My interdisciplinary work uses field, lab, and modeling-based approaches to answer questions that span across scales and taxa. My ultimate goal is to find data-driven conservation solutions for land managers to help preserve biodiversity in a rapidly changing world.
Research topics: urban ecology, food webs and trophic relationships, behavioral ecology, plant-animal and tritrophic interactions, network analysis, conservation, nonnative plants, novel ecosystems, stable isotopes, data science