Susannah Lerman

Susannah Lerman


I am a Research Ecologist in the Communities and Landscapes of the Urban Northeast unit of the USDA Forest Service. I earned my B.A. in American History from the University of Delaware in 1994, an M.S. in Conservation Biology from Antioch University in 2005, and a Ph.D. in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Massachusetts in 2011. My research explores the links between human management of urban green spaces (e.g. yards, neighborhood parks and open space) and the health and success of native wildlife populations, and how these impacts subsequently feedback to influence people due to the role of biodiversity in delivering ecosystem services. I also translate the application of scientific information into management tools and integrate a citizen science approach with the ultimate goal of improving the sustainability of urban environments for birds, bees and other wildlife, and advancing human well-being through reconnecting people with nearby nature. I actively seek opportunities to explain scientific findings to varying audiences while trying to facilitate connections between the public’s personal lives and the urban ecosystem. I have published my research in prominent ecological journals, and my research has been highlighted in a number of national and international media outlets including NPR’s Science Friday, The National Audubon Magazine and The Guardian. I am a keen birder, enjoy running in the woods and along back roads, and desert hiking.

Fellow at a Glance

Fellowship Year:
Academic Background:
University of Massachusetts Amherst, PhD
Current Position:
Research Ecologist
USDA Forest Service
Conservation Science & Biology
International Conservation & Development
Land, Open Space, Smart Growth
Natural Resource Management
Currently Working On:
Urban Wildlife and Biodiversity
USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station
University of Massachusetts - Amherst, Massachusetts 01003
(413) 545-5447

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