Noah Charney

Noah Charney


Noah is an accomplished ecologist, having published his research in Ecology Letters, Evolution, Ecosphere, Ecological Modeling, Journal of Wildlife Management, Biological Conservation, and several other journals. Along with ecology research, his interdisciplinary record includes physics publications, two national book awards, ecology art installations, a nonprofit conservation organization that he founded, over fifty popular press articles about his work, and over fifty public talks (

Noah received a Switzer Fellowship in 2010 to support dissertation research on the terrestrial ecology and conservation of pond-breeding amphibians. This work examined amphibian upland habitat, forest fragmentation, new techniques for tracking small animals, and the genetic complexities of a kleptogenetic lineage that hybridizes with two state-listed salamanders. He completed this research with additional support from the National Science Foundation and the Massachusetts Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program. While he continues his work on salamanders, he has also published on birds, mammals and mangroves, and is currently modeling the impact of climate change on western North American tree distributions through the University of Arizona.

In addition to researching ecology, Noah loves teaching natural history through various formats, including through college courses, public workshops, writing, photography, and video. With a commitment to bringing natural history back into academia, Noah's innovative teaching style which provides transformative experiences has been extremely popular among students. In 2010, he co-authored a field guide to invertebrate signs of North America ( which won two national awards, and his photographs from this project have been displayed in art galleries and newspapers. He is director of a nonprofit which he founded with the purpose of protecting a forested corridor across Nashville, TN ( To get a sense for a field walk with Noah, check out these youtube videos here:

Fellow at a Glance

Fellowship Year:
Academic Background:
University of Massachusetts - Amherst, PhD
Current Position:
Charles Bullard Fellow
Harvard Forest
Conservation Science & Biology
Environmental Education
Land, Open Space, Smart Growth
Natural Resource Management
Currently Working On:
Writing a book on reading landscapes as a field naturalist, under contract with Yale University Press.
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