Cristina Eisenberg
Cristina Eisenberg – Author, Ecologist

Chief Scientist, Earthwatch Institute, USA

 

Education

PHD | 2012 | OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

  • Major: Forestry & Wildlife
  • Thesis Topic: Food web relationships involving fire, wolves, elk, and forest ecosystems

MA | 2006 | PRESCOTT COLLEGE

  • Major: Conservation Biology
  • Minor: Public Policy
  • Thesis Topic: Wolf conservation and recovery

BFA | 1986 | UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, LONG BEACH – SUMMA CUM LAUDE

  • Major: Painting
  • Minor: Art History
  • Thesis Topic: Landscapes and connectivity

Professional Appointments

IUCN AMERICAN BISON WORKING GROUP|2016 – Present

OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY PRESS ADVISORY EDITORIAL BOARD|2014 – 2017

  • Three-year appointment to review book proposals and advise OSU Press about books to be published

MICHIGAN TECH UNIVERSITY ADJUNCT FACULTY, FOREST RESOURCES & ENV. SCIENCE|2016 – Present

 OSU DEPARTMENT OF FISHERIES AND WILDLIFE COURTESY PROFESSOR RESEARCH | 2016 – Present

 OSU ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE PROGRAM GRADUATE FACULTY | 2015 – Present

 OSU COLLEGE OF FORESTRY COURTESY PROFESSOR RESEARCH | 2014 – Present

 HJ ANDREWS EXPERIMENTAL FOREST SCHOLAR IN RESIDENCE |2014

  • USDA Forest Service and OSU Foundation residency at HJA LTER site to study and write about climate change.

SMITHSONIAN RESEARCH ASSOCIATE | 2013 – 2019

  • Two 3-year appointments to collaborate with Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute scientists on wild canid conservation research

BOONE & CROCKETT CLUB PROFESSIONAL MEMBER | 2013 – Present

  • Lifetime appointment as wildlife science advisor to the Boone & Crockett Club

HJ ANDREWS EXPERIMENTAL FOREST SCHOLAR IN RESIDENCE | 2009

  • USDA Forest Service and OSU Foundation residency at HJA LTER site to study and write about old-growth forest and food webs.

 

Grants and Funding

PARKS CANADA FIRE ECOLOGY | 2008-2018

  • Grant to study the multi-trophic level response of aspen/fescue communities and wildlife to prescribed fires set by Parks Canada in Waterton Lakes National Park, AB

KAINAI FIRST NATION COMMUNITY FELLOWS PROGRAM | 2016-2017

  • Grant from the Kainai First Nation to support Kainai First Nation Community Fellows participation in our research of wolves, fire, bison, elk, aspen and grasslands in Waterton Lakes National Park, AB and on the Blood Timber Limit, AB. Fellows are be Kainai students and teachers.

WHITEFISH COMMUNITY FOUNDATION /KAINAI FIRST NATION COMMUNITY FELLOWS PROGRAM | 2016-2017

  • Grant from the Whitefish Community Foundation to support Kainai First Nation Community Fellows participation in our research of wolves, fire, bison, elk, aspen and grasslands in Waterton Lakes National Park, AB and on the Blood Timber Limit, AB. Fellows are be Kainai students and teachers.

EARTHWATCH RESEARCH GRANT | 2015 – 2017

  • Received competitive grant to support three years of trophic cascades research in Waterton Lakes National Park, AB, with an option for renewal

HIGH LONESOME RANCH RESEARCH PROGRAM | 2009-2013

  • Functioned as a PI to obtain funding to conduct five years of research on wolves, elk, aspen, and cattle food web relationships on the High Lonesome Ranch, DeBeque, CO
  • Obtained funding for a post doc for the PI and a research assistantship for an FES employee

PARKS CANADA ECOLOGICAL RESTORATION | 2010-2011

  •  Competitive grant awarded as a co-PI  to conduct post-prescribed fire monitoring in an aspen system in Waterton Lakes National Park, AB

PARKS CANADA ECOLOGICAL MONITORING | 2010-2011

  • Competitive grant awarded to conduct tracking survey of wildlife use of Waterton Lakes National Park, AB

SANDHILL CRANE LITERARY FELLOWSHIP | 2010 – 2012

  • University of Nebraska, Kearney, USGS Sandhill Crane Conservation Program
  • Grant awarded to observe and write about Sandhill Crane and Whooping Crane migration

 

 Employment/Teaching

CHIEF SCIENTIST | EARTHWATCH INSTITUTE, USA, BOSTON, MA | 2014 – present

  • Develop strategic initiatives to explore key environmental sustainability issues
  • Establish partnerships with principal investigators.

INSTRUCTOR | OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY, COLLEGE OF FORESTRY | 2014

  • Teach Forest Policy (FES460 – Winter Term) and Ecological Restoration (FES445 – Spring Term) courses
  • Assist with development of FES Ecosystems Track undergraduate curriculum

INSTRUCTOR | YELLOWSTONE ASSOCIATION | 2012- 2015

  • Teach two intensive, multi-day field courses: The Ecology of Fear (summer 2012-2015) on food web relationships and Carnivores and Corridors (summer 2015) on large carnivore ecology and conservation in Yellowstone National Park

FACULTY RESEARCH ASSISTANT | OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY, COLLEGE OF FORESTRY | 2012-2013

  • Conducted post-doctoral research on fire, wolves, elk and aspen in Waterton Lakes National Park, AB, as PI & co-PI
  • Conducted post-doctoral research on elk, aspen, and livestock on the High Lonesome Ranch, CO, as PI

RESEARCH DIRECTOR | HIGH LONESOME RANCH, CO | 2009-2012

  • Directed and developed ecological research on the High Lonesome Ranch, a 400 sq. mile Colorado conservation ranch
  • Developed long-term ecological monitoring strategy
  • Recruited, hired, and supervised science staff
  • Reviewed research proposals and helped select research to be funded
  • Managed a research budget, wrote annual reports, and conducted outreach
  • Represented the HLR science program at professional scientific meetings
  • Presented scientific papers at conferences regarding the HLR research program
  • Met with congressmen and agency leads in Washington, DC regarding the HLR research program and public policy

EDITOR| WHITEFISH REVIEW | 2011-present

  • Nonfiction editor of a leading peer-reviewed literary journal
  • Review submissions, work with contributors to solicit work
  • Oversee peer-review process
  • Edit accepted submissions for publication
  • Lead editor for Summer 2012 and Winter 2014 issues

RESEARCHER| SOUTHWEST ALBERTA MONTANE ECOLOGY program | 2007-2013

  • Collaborated as part of an interdisciplinary research team
  • Conducted research on elk ecology in Alberta mixed-use landscapes
  • Conducted research on predator-prey interactions, human land-use impacts on elk, and trophic cascades

GRADUATE ADVISOR | PRESCOTT COLLEGE | 2007-2014

  • Mentor and supervise MA students in the Environmental Studies Program who are working on projects that range from ecology to environmental writing

GRADUATE TEACHING ASSISTANT | OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY, COLLEGE OF FORESTRY | 2007-2010

  • Developed graduate seminar on Aldo Leopold and Ecosystem Management (FOR599) and co-taught it during Winter 2007 and Winter 2008 terms
  • Co-taught graduate public policy course (FOR 561] during Winter 2009 and Winter 2010 terms

Honors and Awards

  • Oregon Laurels Fellowship, 2005-2011
  • Oregon State University, Forest Ecosystems and Society PhD Student Achievement Award, 2009
  • Mason Prize for Integrity and Moral Courage, 2008
  • Richardson Family Fellowship, 2006-2008
  • Lew Family Fellowship, 2006
  • Oregon State University Foundation Fellowship, 2007
  • Meier Education Fund, 2007
  • Alfred W. Moltke Scholarship, 2007
  • Schutz Family Award Scholarship, 2007
  • Harris Lab Fellowship, 2007-2008
  • Oregon State University Foundation Fellowship, 2008
  • Dorothy D. Hoener Memorial Fellowship, 2008
  • Boone and Crockett Club Fellowship, 2009-2011
  • Bacon Fellowship, 2009
  • Richard and Doris Waring Fellowship, 2009
  • National Merit Scholar, 1972