As the Research Director of the Pacific Coast and Central Valley Group at Point Blue,  I make sure our researchers have the tools they need to do the best possible science.  My personal research is focused on the ecology and conservation of riparian ecosystems, bird migration, understanding and preparing for the ecological effects of climate change, and applying science to conservation decision making and public policy.

I grew up in Washington State and attended The Evergreen State College where I developed a passion for birds. I received my master’s and Ph.D. from the Department of Zoology at the University of Florida, where I condcuted my dissertation research on the effects of fire on bird communities in the Klamath/Siskiyou ecoregion with the Klamath Bird Observatory.

Over the last two decades, I’ve worked on research projects in North America, Central America, Africa, and Hawaii. These projects have included research on the breeding biology of raptors and owls, habitat associations of passerine birds, population ecology and monitoring of Pacific seabirds, and avian demography.

I have published over 45 peer-reviewed scientific papers and book chapters in journals such as Ecological Applications, Journal of Wildlife Management, Biological Conservation, Conservation Biology, and PLoS ONE.

When not traveling in California, I split my time between our Petaluma headquarters and our Palomarin Field Station in the Point Reyes National Seashore.

Featured Work:

Establishing the Breeding Provenance of a Temperate-Wintering North American Passerine, the Golden-Crowned Sparrow, Using Light-Level Geolocation

NE Seavy, DL Humple, RL Cormier, T Gardali

PloS one 7: e34886

How can we improve information delivery to support conservation and restoration decisions?

NE Seavy, CA Howell

Biodiversity and conservation 19: 1261-1267

Why climate change makes riparian restoration more important than ever: recommendations for practice and research

NE Seavy, T Gardali, GH Golet, FT Griggs, CA Howell, R Kelsey, SL Small, JH Viers, JF Weigand

Ecological Restoration 27: 330-338