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Dr. Emily Reed

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Postdoctoral Associate

Faculty Mentors:  Jacob Barney, Bryan Brown, David Haak, Scott Salom, & Todd Schenk

Invasive Species Working Group, The Global Change Center

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In 2024 Dr. Emily Reed started a new position as the Regional Invasive Plant Coordinator with the Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition.

Prior to that, Dr. Reed was a postdoctoral associate with the Global Change Center’s Invasive Species Working Group. Originally from Pittsboro, North Carolina, Emily received her BA in French from the University of North Carolina Asheville. She worked as a wildlife rehabilitation specialist with the Western North Carolina Nature Center and as a keeper’s assistant at Franklin Park Zoo in Boston, MA before beginning her PhD in Biology at North Carolina State University. Her dissertation focused on landscape genetics of the invasive mosquito vector Aedes albopictus in urbanizing environments.

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Emily is broadly interested in the relationships between global change, socio-ecological processes, and invasive species. In her position with the ISWG, she worked to leverage that knowledge to inform adaptive and inclusive management practices at different spatial and geopolitical scales. Current and future projects include integrating invasion science with US policy, understanding stakeholders’ and natural resource managers’ perspectives of invasive species, and leading extension and outreach activities with local communities to develop shared knowledge and solutions about biological invasions. 

As she continues in her career, Emily aspires to couple research and community engagement in the context of biological invasions by working closely with stakeholders on co-produced science. Outside of academia, Emily is a rock climber, an artist, and is currently working on agility training with her dog, Okra. 


Last upated on 1/11/2024. 

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