BS, Environmental Science, Wheaton College, Illinois
Emily Beckman is currently leading a US Forest Service-funded gap analysis to assess conservation needs of U.S. native oak species, in partnership with BGCI US. Emily is interested in developing and applying species distribution models for use in conservation planning and in using ArcGIS to effectively present distribution data to communicate key messages to targeted audiences. Emily’s work contributes to conveying the importance of living collections for the conservation of exceptional species, such as oaks, as well as the need for global collaboration to conserve the most vulnerable plant species. She is interested in addressing questions key to using conservation resources most effectively, such as “What metrics should be used to rank species with the ‘greatest need’ for conservation action?” and, “How should the ‘right’ actions for each species be pinpointed?” Emily hopes to bring these questions together in a tree conservation gap analysis pipeline that can serve as a broader tool for efficient and effective conservation planning, both in-situ and ex-situ, across institutions. Emily also seeks to understand the relationship between agriculture and the health of native environments in the United States, with a focus on the role of hands-on work with farmers in connection to governmental programs and regulations, as well as corporate industries involved in the agriculture sector.