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Geneva W. Chong, Ph.D.

Geneva Chong is a Bureau Approving Official in the Office of Science Quality and Integrity.

Geneva Chong is an ecologist whose worldview is shaped by undergraduate training in plant genetics and traditional agricultural systems and graduate training in landscape ecology. Her current work examines the interactions between climate and land-use change on ecological processes such as fire regimes and plant productivity, which influence habitat quality and use by mammals such as mule deer and birds such as Greater sage-grouse. Previous work ranged from testing methods to restore pinyon-juniper woodlands with native grass species in New Mexico to designing methods to quantify plant diversity and detect rare native and non-native (early detection) plant species. Geneva was born in New Hampshire; earned a B.S. in Agriculture from Cornell University, an M.S. in Biology from the University of New Mexico, and a Ph.D. in Ecology from Colorado State University; and she has been located at the Jackson, Wyoming, Field Station of the Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center since 2005. She began her career with the National Park Service in New Mexico as a Student Conservation Association (SCA) intern and then a coop student. She has worked across the western U.S., in Szechuan Province, China, the Peruvian Amazon, and the Mosquito Coast of Honduras.

Education and Certifications

  • Ph.D. in Ecology, 2002, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado. Dissertation: Multi-scale sampling of native and non-native plant diversity: examples of data analyses and applications.

  • M.S. in Biology, 1994, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Thesis: Recommendations to improve revegetation success in a piñon-juniper woodland in New Mexico: a hierarchical approach.

  • B.S. in Agriculture, 1991, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.

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