Lindsey Thurman



B.S. (2008) The University of Florida, Wildlife Ecology & Conservation

M.S. (2012) Oregon State University, Wildlife Science

Ph.D. (2017) Oregon State University, Wildlife Science


My research through the Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center focuses on species adaptive capacity (AC) to climate change, one of three components included in species’ vulnerability assessments (exposure, sensitivity, and adaptive capacity). AC refers to a species ability to respond and accommodate changing environmental and/or climatological conditions via acclimation in situ (e.g. evolutionary adaptation), phenotypic plasticity, or shifting to more suitable conditions. More broadly, my scientific interests lie at the nexus between local (community-level) and landscape (macro-ecological) drivers of biodiversity patterns, particularly the spatial scaling of biotic interactions and the emergent properties of ecological communities. My previous studies have tested ways to improve forecasts of the impacts of climate change on vulnerable amphibian species through the incorporation of biotic interactions. I employ experimental, theoretical, and observational approaches to test the degree to which biotic interactions influence species' behavior, physiology, and, ultimately, their footprint on the landscape.