Christine Schirmer

The BBCS comprises a team of core faculty, steering committee members, and other affiliated researchers that identified (through a series of workshops in 2016) several cross-cutting research projects that use biodiversity as a focal point for interdisciplinary investigation in public health, governance, informatics, and security.

The scientific goal of the BBCS program is to build a more robust and predictive biodiversity and conservation science and to addresses emerging, critical issues in human health and well-being, and in environmental, food, and national security.

July 2017 to December 2018 Progress


We submitted 10 proposals requesting a total of about $6 million.

Core proposals are those originally conceived (or derived from) outcomes of the Spring 2016 BBCS workshop series and involve multiple members of the BBCS core faculty. Related proposals are those involving one or more BBCS core faculty member—and developed with some discussion, review, and contributions by the BBCS team, in general—but are not part of the original BBCS workplan.

Core proposals

We submitted 3 “core” proposals to the:

  • NSF-CNH (Coupled Natural-Human Systems) Program - FUNDED at $1.5 million

  • USDA-NIFA (National Institute of Food and Agriculture) Program

  • DoD-MURI (Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative) Program

Related proposals

We submitted 7 “related” proposals to the:

  • NSF-Dimensions of Biodiversity Program

  • Belmont Forum

  • NSF-RIDIR (Resource Implementations for Data Intensive Research in the Social Sciences) Program - FUNDED at $1.5 million

  • NSF CAREER (Faculty Early Career Development) Program

  • USDA-NIFA (National Institute of Food and Agriculture) Program (two proposals)


We have prepared 2 “big-picture” papers and one “supporting” paper for submission and are preparing 4 other research articles for submission in 2019.






“Big-picture” Paper: Where forest die-off matters for agriculture elsewhere: identifying the hidden socioeconomic telecouplings caused by ecoclimate teleconnections


Nature Climate Change

López- Hoffman, Lien, Breshears, Soto, et al.

“Big-picture” Paper: The curse of big data: overlaps and mismatches among biodiversity databases and ways forwards


Biological Conservation


Feng et al.

Supporting Paper: Bat niche modeling


Biological Conservation

Huang, López- Hoffman, Feng, et al.

“Big-picture Paper: Governance responses to environmental grand challenges


Annual Reviews of Environment and Natural Resources


López- Hoffman et al.

“Big-picture” Paper: Collective action for invasive species governance: A case study of buffel grass




Lien, Baldwin, et al.

“Big-picture” Paper: Institutional arrangements for invasive species governance




Baldwin, Lien, et al.

Supporting Paper: Seasonal distribution of the mosquito community in an arid metropolis



Ernst, Coalson, et al.