Nancy Shackelford

Nancy Shackelford

Postdoctoral Scholar

  • Research Associate


  • PhD: University of Victoria, Canada, 2018
  • MSc: University of Western Australia, 2012
  • BSc: University of Texas, Austin, 2008
  • BA: University of Texas, Austin, 2008

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Restoration ecology, community ecology


I am interested in the intersection of theoretical ecology and applied management. My PhD focused on implementing ecological resilience, a confused and confusing concept, effectively into landscape and population management. Since then, my focus has shifted to restoration, and how science can inform restoration of self-sustaining ecosystems. I am particularly interested in exploring how ecological thresholds and functional ecology can be used to maximize biodiversity outcomes in restoration projects. Other academic topics that I love include science communication, statistics, and how to integrate natural and social sciences to achieve conservation goals.

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