Harris's hawk
Christine Schirmer

The BBCS leverages strengths from across the University of Arizona campus to: (i) To forecast the future of biodiversity in support of human well-being including health and food, environmental, and national security; (ii) To develop cutting edge research that addresses key challenges in biodiversity science at the intersection of public health and environmental security, food security, and national security; (iii) To train and mentor the next generation of interdisciplinary researchers and leaders (postdocs and Assistant Professors); and (iv) To engage with broader environmental research initiatives across campus.

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


  • NSF HDR: Collaborative Research: Near term forecasts of global plant distribution, community structure, and ecosystem function (2019)
    • PI: Enquist
  • NSF CNH2-L: Solving grand challenges in coupled natural human systems: predicting effective governance strategies for management invasive species (2019 Recommended for funding)
    • PI: Baldwin
  • NSF RIDIR: Collaborative Research: A data science platform and mechanisms for its sustainability (2018)
  • NSF CNH-L: Revealing the hidden ecoclimate teleconnections between forest and agriculture in the US enables novel governance strategies for a telecoupled world (2018)



  • Haefele, M, J Loomis, R Merideth, AM Lien, J Dubovsky, WE Thogmartin, J Diffendorfer, D Humburg, K Bagstad, BJ Mattsson, R Wiederholt, D Semmens, and L López-Hoffman. (2018). Willingness to Pay for Conservation of Transborder Migratory Species: A Case Study of the Mexican Free-tailed Bat in the United States and Mexico. Environmental Management. doi.org/10.1007/s00267-018-1046-1
  • Johnson, M, AM Lien, L López-Hoffman. (2018). Barriers associated with the Environmental Quality Improvement Program: Case study on the Hopi Indian Reservation. Ecosystem Services. doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoser.2018.05.009
  • Lien, AM, A Lona, and E Schlager. (2018). Using institutional grammar to improve understanding of the form and function of payment for ecosystem services programs. Ecosystem Services. doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoser.2018.03.011
  • Loomis, J, M Haefele, J Dubovsky, AM Lien, WE Thogmartin, J Diffendorfer, D Humburg, K Bagstad, BJ Mattsson, L López- Hoffman, R Merideth, and D Semmens. (2018). Do economic values and expenditures for viewing waterfowl in the U.S. differ among species? Human Dimensions of Wildlife. doi.org/10.1080/10871209.2018.1496371
  • Bethard, S, E Laparra, S Wang, Y Zhao, R Al-Ghezi, AM Lien, L López-Hoffman. Inferring missing metadata from environmental policy texts. June 2019, Proceedings of the Workshop on Language Technologies for the Socio-Economic Sciences and Humanities. Minneapolis, MN. doi.org/10.18653/v1/W19-2506
  • Haefele, M, J Loomis, AM Lien, JA Dubovsky, R Merideth, K Bagstad, T Huang, B Mattsson, D Semmens, W Thogmartin, R Wiederholt, J Diffendorfer, L López-Hoffman. (2019). Multi- Country Willingness to Pay for Transbondary Migratory Species Conservation: A Case Study of Northern Pintails. Ecological Economicsdoi.org/10.1016/j.ecolecon.2018.11.024
  • Lien, AM, C Svancara, W Vanasco, G Ruyle, S Bonar, and L López-Hoffman. (2019). Opportunities and barriers for endangered species conservation using payments for ecosystem services. Biological Conservation. doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2019.01.017
  • Newman, EA (2019). Disturbance ecology in the Anthropocene. Front. Ecol. Evol. 7, 147. doi.org/10.3389/fevo.2019.00147
  • Brummer, A.B.; Newman, E.A. (2019). Derivations of the Core Functions of the Maximum Entropy Theory of Ecology. Entropy. 21, 712. doi.org/10.3390/e21070712