Teaching Sci Com - NC State University

Red wolf

Audio Producer - Conservation Corridor

I created a podcast series for conservationcorridor.org to tell the stories of folks that make connectivity happen around the world.


NC State University planned to sell Hofmann Forest -- the largest state-owned landscape in North Carolina. Ron Sutherland, conservation scientist at the Wildlands Network, planned to stop it. But there's one catch: The Hofmann is a short-rotation pine plantation that is managed for timber. What makes it valuable for conservation?

In a word? Connectivity.

Guest Writer - Your Wild Life blog and Conservation Corridor

Say hello to my little friend - a salticid found during lunch.

Say hello to my little friend - a salticid found during lunch.


...When I turned to walk back inside, I saw the single string of another functional decorator in my neighborhood. Parked right between a goal post of two azalea branches was the barely-visible Cyclosa turbinata, a trashline orbweaver. Okay, so the name doesn’t bring up the best visual, but it, while incredibly accurate, doesn’t begin to do justice to her craft and allure. Allow me to explain. Read more...




Conservation Corridor - Using green roofs for urban connectivity


I write corridor "digests" - summaries of recent connectivity papers for corridor practitioners 

Introduction to the Corridor Project

What happens at SRS does not stay at SRS: A few of the PIs and I explain exactly what it is we do on the Corridor Project.

I taught a conservation class that looked at complex conservation issues. I encouraged science students to listen to everyday people by having them create podcasts on the Red Wolf Reintroduction in NC. 


Your Wild Life - Nature in Your Backyard - Say hello to my little friend

A blog post for Dr. Rob Dunn's research group about spiders I find (or rather that find me).

Look who stopped by to say “Happy Birthday!” So exclaimed my friend Lauren Nichols as she burst through my office door Monday, holding a small jar with a large spider inside. You probably know Lauren as the School of Ants guru and Your Wild Life’s latest and greatest nature photographer. Monday was her birthday and Nature presented her with an awesome little gift while she sat on a bench outside our building at NC State: the canopy jumping spider (Phidippus otiosus), so named because they’re found romping amidst pine and oak branches. Read more..

The Functional Decorator - a Cyclosa hiding in my azaleas.

The Functional Decorator - a Cyclosa hiding in my azaleas.


Urbanization is a key reason for connecting landscapes, but increasing connectivity within cities is an important challenge. Green roofs, rooftops designed with shallow soil and stress tolerant vegetation, have been used mostly for properties like draining, but what about their ecological value? Can green roofs increase habitat connectivity for arthropods? In a recent study, Braaker and colleagues tested if green roofs in Zurich, Switzerland can increase arthropod biodiversity. Read more...

Beyond Beloit - Christine Brown

My alma mater, Beloit College, wrote a short bio on my life since finishing undergrad.

Sampling spiders at Savannah River Site, SC.

Sampling spiders at Savannah River Site, SC.

Christine dreamed of becoming the next Jane Goodall, but Beloit taught the current graduate student what being a biologist actually means. Since the fifth grade, Christine Brown knew she wanted to be a biologist, but she had no idea what it really took to become one until she came to Beloit.

Christine’s research projects at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory in Colorado were some of her most influential experiences as a student majoring in ecology, evolution, and behavioral biology. She spent four summers there with Beloit’s former Assistant Professor of Biology Brett Woods, studying yellow-bellied marmots, hiking, and tracking animals.  Read more...