Affiliated students

Beckah Campbel

Environmental Life Sciences PhD Program

I am interested in studying the life history characteristics of elasmobranch species to better inform conservation and management efforts. Elasmobranchs are important to the health of our oceans. Understanding how life processes, such as reproduction, dietary habits, growth, and movement, intertwine is critical to conservation. I am interested in utilizing reproduction, trophic ecology, and movement to better understand how these different life processes affect individuals and populations of specifically the Caribbean Reef Shark (Carcharhinus perezi). Discernment of movement patterns and how they contribute to biological processes can provide insight into the ecology and population dynamics of this important species and aid in conservation by providing more knowledge on how this species interacts with its environment.


Environmental Anthropology PhD Program

Caitlin is a behavioral ecologist broadly interested in the evolution of sociality, reproductive investment, and the hormonal mechanisms that underlie shifts in reproductive shifts throughout the life cycle. She is interested in synthesizing animal behavior and the reproductive ecology of a species to inform conservation strategies. She received an undergraduate degree in Biological Anthropology with a minor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Arizona. Since her undergraduate degree, she worked on numerous field projects on olive baboons, mountain gorillas, geladas, and forest elephants. She is currently pursuing her Masters degree on reproductive strategies in olive baboons.

Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology PhD Program

Chris is working on his PhD in the Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology (AKA Science and Technology Studies). His research explores the ways that different scientific and professional communities generate and use knowledge, and the impact that this has on their ability to communicate, collaborate, and work together on complex sustainability problems. He has a BS in Sustainability from ASU and an MA in Global Affairs and Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management.


Gabby Lout

Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology PhD Program

Gabby graduated with a B.S. in Marine and Conservation Biology from Seattle University and received a M.A. in Global Leadership and Sustainable Development from Hawaii Pacific University. By melding together the quantitative and qualitative aspects of marine conservation and sustainability, she is committed to bridging the gap between the natural and social sciences. In all of her work, she is interested in finding innovative solutions for the complex socio-ecological challenges our marine environment is facing and protect the people who depend on it most. Her current work at ASU is focused on the human rights and conservation nexus, designing and implementing interventions that are socioeconomically suitable and support the sustainable use of fisheries resources.


Graduate Student Kate WeissKate Weiss

Environmental Life Sciences PhD Program

Kate Weiss is a PhD student working with Dr. Beckett Sterner of ASU and Dr. Jan Schipper of the Arizona Center for Nature Conservation/Phoenix Zoo. Her work seeks to understand urbanization’s impact on mammal communities, species interactions, and human-wildlife conflict. Specifically, she focuses on how cities influence coyote distributions, biology, and interactions with other middle-sized carnivores, especially pets. By understanding how and why coyotes occupy urban spaces, she hopes her work will inform urban wildlife management that supports the needs of people while also considering the unique ecological benefits coyotes provide urban systems.


Katherine Ball

Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology PhD Program

Katherine is working on her PhD in the Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology. Her work merges her background in oceanography (B.S. University of Washington) and Science Policy (MSTP Arizona State University). Studying marine policy within the United States Katherine focuses on how communities are or are not engaged with policy implementation. She aims to understand how community engagement is restricted by government knowledge production systems. Her current work focuses on marine mammal subsistence in the state of Alaska. The work examines the state and federal government structures from feminist standpoints to understand how differences are resolved to implement the Marine Mammal Protection Act.


Brigitte Canty
Brigitte is a research intern at the Center of Biodiversity Outcomes, where she is currently assisting on a project analyzing the relationship between biodiversity and businesses. A recent graduate from the University of Southern California, Brigitte studied International Relations and Global Business and during a semester at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, she studied Sustainable Development. 
Before her work with CBO, Brigitte interned at National Geographic where she focused on marine debris supporting the “Planet or Plastic?” campaign. Brigitte also supported research on the climate ramifications of deforestation in the Amazon Rainforest for the Earth Law Center. To Brigitte, the natural world is equally as fascinating as it is important. Priorities of hers are both learning and passing on scientific information. In the future, Brigitte aims to have a career as a conservation biologist, protecting and preserving our planet’s natural resources.