Justin Nowakowski

Photo of Justin Nowakowski Smithsonian Institution
Email: Nowakowskia@si.edu
Phone: 770-301-8215

Research Disciplines: Research Interests:

impact assessment, microclimates, thermal ecology, traits-mediated responses, vertebrates, dynamic population and community models, land use, climate change

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Biographical Sketch

Justin is a joint fellow with the Smithsonian Institution and Conservation International. His research has explored mechanisms underlying changes in biodiversity and opportunities for maintaining biodiversity in working landscapes. For example, his work in Costa Rica examined how prevalent land uses, such as cattle pastures and heart-of-palm plantations, differ in their capacity to maintain biodiversity and gene flow. Looking across spatial scales, he has also studied the biodiversity benefits of single remnant trees in pastures and how, across the globe, amphibian species that persist in agricultural areas tend to come from the same branches of the tree-of-life. Justin earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Georgia, a doctoral degree from Florida International University, and was previously a Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of California, Davis. He has conducted field studies in North and Central America. Beyond research, he has worked with the IUCN to assess the status of threatened species in new protected areas and has contributed to outreach and environmental education programs in the communities where he has worked. His research with the Smithsonian Institution and Conservation International synthesizes existing data and generates new data to evaluate the potential biodiversity and human population co-benefits of conservation interventions in working landscapes and seascapes. This research aims to support the larger goal of identifying strategies for supporting both biodiversity and human livelihoods that can be replicated across systems.

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