Kristen E. Dybala

Senior Research Ecologist

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.

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