Dr. Phoebe Parker-Shames, PhD
Interdisciplinary community ecologist
Interdisciplinary ecology for conservation solutions
Phoebe Parker-Shames (she/her) is an interdisciplinary researcher combining landscape ecology, wildlife conservation, community ecology, and social science to examine the role of humans within ecological systems. My work engages stakeholders in conservation solutions that intersect policy, management, and the environment. Currently, I am the Wildlife Ecologist for the Presidio of San Francisco (though my views on this website are my own). I previously worked as a postdoctoral researcher at UC Berkeley with Dr. Justin Brashares and Dr. Chris Schell, where my work focused on the ecological outcomes of cannabis legalization.
Interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research brings together the strengths of different approaches when trying to understand conservation issues and implement scientific approaches. This combination is central to the way I approach my research and collaborations.
I am passionate about generating science with a purpose. My desire to apply research to problem-solving on the ground is what inspired me to go to grad school and now, in my work at the Presidio, where I am excited to tackle difficult and complex conservation issues. I strive to do so with nuance and to focus on community-first collaborative approaches.
JEDI in the Environment
I believe in centering Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) in environmental science and practice. I collaborate with my peers to promote personal and structural anti-racist practices, and hold myself accountable by continuing to work with organizations that share these goals of inclusion. (Thank you to CNE Corbin for introducing me to the term JEDI)