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The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Sarah Weiskopf

NE CASC Graduate Fellow
Ph.D. Student
University of Massachusetts

Research Interests

As a biologist at the National Climate Adaptation Science Center, my research broadly focuses on the effects of climate change on terrestrial wildlife and ecosystem services. For my dissertation, I am interested in modeling feedbacks between biodiversity and ecosystem services and their relationship to climate and land use change.

Recent Publications:

Terando, A., Reidmiller, D., Hostetler, S.W., Littell, J.S., Beard, T.D., Jr., Weiskopf, S.R., Belnap, J., and Plumlee, G.S., 2020, Using information from global climate models to inform policymaking—The role of the U.S. Geological Survey: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2020–1058, 25 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20201058.

Rubenstein, M.A., Weiskopf, S.R., Carter, S., Eaton, M., Johnson. C., Lynch, A., Miller. B.W., Morelli, T.M., Rodriguez, M., Terando, A., Thompson, L. 2020. Do empirical observations support commonly held climate change range shift hypotheses? A systematic review protocol. Journal of Environmental Evidence. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13750-020-00194-9 

Weiskopf, S.R., M.A. Rubenstein, L.G. Crozier, S. Gaichas, R. Griffis, J.E. Halofsky, K. J.W. Hyde, T.L. Morelli, J.T. Morisette, R.C. Muñoz, A.J. Pershing, D.L. Peterson, R. Poudel, M.D. Staudinger, A.E. Sutton-Grier, L. Thompson, J. Vose, J.F. Weltzinn, K.P. Whyte. 2020. Climate change effects on biodiversity, ecosystems, ecosystem services, and natural resource management in the United States. Science of the Total Environment. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.137782 

Weiskopf, S.R., McCarthy, J.L., McCarthy, K.P., Shiklomanov, A.N., Wibisono, H.T., Pusparini, W. 2019. The conservation value of forest fragments in the increasingly agrarian landscape of Sumatra. Environmental Conservation. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0376892919000195 

Weiskopf, S.R., LeDee O.E., Thompson, L.M. 2019. Climate Change Impacts on Deer and Moose in the Midwest. Journal of Wildlife Management. https://doi.org/10.1002/jwmg.21649 

Lipton, D., M. A. Rubenstein, S.R. Weiskopf, S. Carter, J. Peterson, L. Crozier, M. Fogarty, S. Gaichas, K.J.W. Hyde, T.L. Morelli, J. Morisette, H. Moustahfid, R. Muñoz, R. Poudel, M.D. Staudinger, C. Stock, L. Thompson, R. Waples, and J.F. Weltzin, 2018: Ecosystems, Ecosystem Services, and Biodiversity. In Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation in the United States: Fourth National Climate Assessment, Volume II [Reidmiller, D.R., C.W. Avery, D.R. Easterling, K.E. Kunkel, K.L.M. Lewis, T.K. Maycock, and B.C. Stewart (eds.)]. U.S. Global Change Research Program, Washington, DC, USA. doi: 10.7930/NCA4.2018.CH7

Bista, M., Panthi, S., Weiskopf, S.R. 2018. Habitat overlap between Asiatic black bear Ursus thibetanus and red panda Ailurus fulgens in Himalaya. PLOS ONE. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0203697

Tessler, M., Weiskopf, S.R., Berniker, L., Hersch, R., McCarthy, K.P., Yu, D. W., Siddall, M.E. 2018. Bloodlines: mammals, leeches, and conservation in southern Asia. Systematics and Biodiversity. https://doi.org/10.1080/14772000.2018.1433729 

Weiskopf, S.R., McCarthy, K. P., Tessler, M., Rahman, H., McCarthy, J.L., Faisal, M.M., Siddall, M.E.  2018. Using terrestrial haematophagous leeches to enhance tropical biodiversity monitoring programs in Bangladesh. Journal of Applied Ecology. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2664.13111 

Weiskopf, S.R., Kachel, S.M., McCarthy, K.P. 2016.What are snow leopards really eating? Identifying bias in food habit studies. The Wildlife Society Bulletin. https://doi.org/10.1002/wsb.640 

Education

M.S. – Wildlife Ecology, University of Delaware, 2016
B.S. – Wildlife Conservation, University of Delaware, 2014
B.A. – Biology, University of Delaware, 2014

Affiliations

Department of Environmental Conservation
USGS National Climate Adaptation Science Center

Experience

Biologist, USGS National Climate Adaptation Science Center, 2018 – present
Presidential Management Fellow, USGS National Climate Adaptation Science Center, 2016 – 2018
Presidential Management Fellow (Detail), Department of State, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, Office of Conservation and Water, fall 2017
Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Delaware Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology, 2014 – 2016