I am an ecologist conducting research on climate-smart conservation: identifying the most effective ways to conserve biodiversity, restore ecosystem services, and improve resilience. As Senior Research Ecologist in the Pacific Coast and Central Valley group, I have primarily been focused on riparian and wetland conservation in the Central Valley of California. I also enjoy getting to work on a wide array of projects with partners and other Point Blue staff.

I hold a Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of California, Davis. I conducted my dissertation research at the Palomarin Field Station in collaboration with Point Blue staff, examining the impacts of weather on the survival of adult and juvenile Song Sparrows over 30 years of data, to project the impacts of climate change on this population. Originally from Houston, TX, I was drawn to California by an AmeriCorps program, which led to getting to work with songbirds, shorebirds, hawks, owls, and salmonids, along with many wonderful people who became friends and mentors. I'm now happy to call San Francisco home.


Selected Publications


Dybala KE, Engilis A, Trochet JA, Engilis IE, Truan ML (2018) Evaluating riparian restoration success: Long-term, large-scale responses of the breeding bird community in California's lower Putah Creek watershed. Ecological Restoration 36:76-85. DOI: 10.3368/er.36.1.76

Dybala KE, Clipperton N, Gardali T, Golet GH, Kelsey R, Lorenzato S, Melcer R, Seavy NE, Silveira JG, Yarris GS ​(2017) Population and habitat objectives for avian conservation in California's Central Valley riparian ecosystems. San Francisco Estuary and Watershed Science 15. DOI: 10.15447/sfews.2017v15iss1art5

Dybala KE, Reiter ME, Hickey C, Shuford WD, Strum KM, Yarris GS (2017) A bioenergetics approach to setting conservation objectives for non-breeding shorebirds in California’s Central Valley. San Francisco Estuary and Watershed Science 15. DOI: 10.15447/sfews.2017v15iss1art2

Dybala KE, Clipperton N, Gardali T, Golet GH, Kelsey R, Lorenzato S, Melcer R,  Seavy NE, Silveira JG, Yarris GS (2017) A general framework for setting long-term population objectives. San Francisco Estuary and Watershed Science 15. DOI: 10.15447/sfews.2017v15iss1art8

Full list of publications


Software & Data visualizations


Dybala KE (2018) bioenergmod: Bioenergetics modeling R package (Version v1.0.0). Zenodo. DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1186370

Dybala KE (2016) pbdistance: R package for point count data analysis. GitHub.

Dybala KE (updated annually) State of the Ranch: A series of interactive web pages displaying data collected by Point Blue Conservation Science staff at TomKat Ranch, including weather, vegetation, soils, stream flow, and birds. Code is available on Github.


Personal website and CV