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Lars Y. Pomara
Ecologist
Eastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment Center
Southern Research Station, USDA Forest Service
Asheville, North Carolina

Previous Appointments
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, University of Wisconsin-Madison. 2012 – 2014.

Lecturer and Research Associate, Department of Geography and the Environment, University of Texas at Austin. 2010-2012.

Education
PhD  Geography, 2009, Department of Geography and the Environment, University of Texas at Austin. Supervisor:  Kenneth R. Young. Dissertation online access:  http://repositories.lib.utexas.edu/handle/2152/ETD-UT-2009-12-553

MS  Wildlife Ecology, 2001, Warnell School of Forest Resources, University of Georgia, Athens, GA. Supervisors: Robert J. Cooper and Lisa J. Petit

BS  Biology, 1995, The University of Dallas, Irving, TX

Grants and Fellowships
Southwest Border Resource Protection Program, National Park Service. Bird and butterfly community response to large-scale invasive plant removal and native plant restoration in desert riparian habitat along the Rio Grande River, Big Bend NP, Texas. PIs: E. M. Wood and L. Y. Pomara. Cal-State University LA, and USFS Southern Research Station. 2017. $50,000.

National Park Service, Big Bend National Park. Bird and butterfly community response to large-scale invasive plant removal and native plant restoration in desert riparian habitat along the Rio Grande River, Big Bend NP, Texas. PIs: E. M. Wood and L. Y. Pomara. Cal-State University LA, and USFS Southern Research Station. 2016. $50,000.

Appalachian Landscape Conservation Cooperative grant (contributor to successful proposal for continuing funds). Assessment and inventory of ecosystem services and environmental threats across the Appalachians. PI: Danny C. Lee, USFS Southern Research Station. 2015. $110, 766.

Upper Midwest and Great Lakes Landscape Conservation Cooperative grant (contributor to successful proposal for continuing funds). Regional risk assessment for UMGL LCC priority species. PIs: Benjamin Zuckerberg, UW-Madison and Karl J. Martin, WI DNR. 2013. $75,325.

Northeast Climate Science Center grant (contributor to successful proposal). Fitting the climate lens to grassland bird conservation: Assessing climate change vulnerability using demographically-informed species distribution models. PI: Benjamin Zuckerberg, UW-Madison. 2013. $176,359.

Student Presentation Travel Award. American Ornithologist’s Union. 2009. $300
Continuing Fellowship.  UT-Austin Graduate School. 2007. $20,000
Wildlife Conservation Society Capacity-Building Fellowship. 2006. $6,200
National Science Foundation Dissertation Improvement Grant. 2005. $12,000
Tinker Foundation Field Research Grant. Institute of Latin American Studies, UT. 2004. $1,200
Veselka Fellowship for Graduate Research Travel. Department of Geography, UT. 2004. $600
Pre-emptive Recruitment Fellowship. UT-Austin Graduate School. 2003-2004. $16,700
Southwest Presidential Scholarship. University of Dallas. 1990-1994. $28,000

Invited Presentations
Pomara, L. Y. and D. C. Lee. 2017. LanDAT: A New Tool for Assessing Landscape Change and Resilience. US Forest Service, First Friday All Climate Change Talks (FFACTs Webinar).

Mackie, H., J. Coffee, E. M. Wood, and L. Y. Pomara. 2017. Bird and Butterfly Community Response to Large-scale Invasive Plant Removal and Native Plant Restoration in Desert Riparian Habitat Along the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo, Big Bend National Park, Texas. Big Bend NP Science Series, Big Bend NP, Texas.

Pomara, L. Y., D. C. Lee, B. Brooks, and W. W. Hargrove. 2017. Measuring and Monitoring Landscape Change: Introducing the Landscape Dynamics Assessment Tool. Mountain Regional GIS Alliance, The Collider, Asheville, NC.

Pomara, L. Y., D. C. Lee, B. Brooks, and W. W. Hargrove. 2016. Landscape Dynamics Assessment: Quantifying the Shifting Landscape Mosaic. Graduate student and faculty EcoLunch, Department of Biology, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC.

Pomara, L. Y. 2016. Ecosystem Service Sustainability in the Appalachians. Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy monthly seminar series, Transylvania County Library, Brevard, NC.

Pomara, L. Y. 2015. Spatial Ecology in Conservation Science. Biology and Environmental Science seminar series, University of North Carolina – Asheville.

Zuckerberg, B., K. Prince, and L. Y. Pomara. 2014. Climate Change Impacts on Wildlife. Ohio State University, Changing Climate Webinar.

Pomara, L. Y., B. Zuckerberg, and K. Martin. 2014. Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Using Spatially Explicit Demographic Models: Examples from the Upper Midwest. Science Colloquium, Point Blue Conservation Science, Petaluma, CA.

Pomara, L. Y., B. Zuckerberg, O. LeDee, and K. Martin. 2012. Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment. USFWS Region 3 Endangered Species Coordinator’s Meeting, Baraboo, WI.

Pomara, L. Y. 2012. Ecological Biogeography in Western Amazonia: Can We Scale Up? Geography and the Environment Colloquium, University of Texas at Austin.

Professional Society Symposium
Pomara, L. Y., R. Baldwin and P. Leonard. 2016. Half-day symposium: Landscape-scale conservation: modeling new frontiers. US Regional Association of the International Association for Landscape Ecology, Asheville, NC.

Professional Society Presentations
Pomara, L. Y., D. C. Lee, and J. Brennan. 2016. An Ecosystem Services Sustainability Framework for the Appalachian Landscape Conservation Cooperative. ACES (A Community on Ecosystem Services) annual meeting, Jacksonville, FL.

Naujokaitis-Lewis, I., L. Y. Pomara, and B. Zuckerberg. 2016. Timing of Conservation Actions to Manage Climate Refugia for Threatened Species in Broad-scale Dynamic Landscapes. Society for Conservation Biology’s North American Congress for Conservation Biology, Madison, WI.

Pomara, L. Y. and D. C. Lee. 2016. Roles for Integrative Landscape Resilience Measures in Conservation Planning. US Regional Association of the International Association for Landscape Ecology, Asheville, NC.

Zuckerberg, B. and L. Y. Pomara. 2016. Climate Variability Drives Population Cycling and Synchrony in Ruffed Grouse. 76th Midwest Fish & Wildlife Conference, Grand Rapids, MI.

Pomara, L. Y. and D. C. Lee. 2015. Ecosystem Service Sustainability in the Appalachians. 9th World Congress of the International Association for Landscape Ecology, Portland, OR.

Zuckerberg, B., I. Naujokaitis-Lewis, and L. Y. Pomara. 2015. From range retraction to population cycling: How spatially-explicit demographic models can inform climate change vulnerability. American Geophysical Union Joint Assembly, AGC-AGU-AMC-UG, 3-7 May, Montréal, Canada.

Zuckerberg, B., I. Naujokaitis-Lewis, and L. Y. Pomara. 2015. From range retraction to population cycling: how spatially-explicit demographic models can inform climate change vulnerability. 75th Midwest Fish & Wildlife Conference, Indianapolis, IN.

Pomara, L. Y., B. Zuckerberg, and K. Martin. 2014. Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment: Spatially Explicit Demographic Modeling for a Species with Cyclic Dynamics. US Regional Association of the International Association for Landscape Ecology, Anchorage, AK.

Pomara, L. Y., B. Zuckerberg, and K. Martin. 2014. Spatially Explicit Demographic Modeling to Assess the Climate Change Vulnerability of Ruffed Grouse (Bonasa umbellus). Wisconsin Chapter of the Wildlife Society—Winter Meeting, Wausau, WI.

Zuckerberg, B., L. Y. Pomara, O. LeDee, and K. Martin. 2013. Seasonality and Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment: the Importance of Winter Conditions for Documenting and Forecasting Species Demographic and Distributional Change. Warming Winters and Wildlife symposium, annual conference of The Wildlife Society, Milwaukee, WI.

Pomara, L. Y., B. Zuckerberg, O. LeDee, and K. Martin. 2012. Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment: Distributions and Demographics across a Landscape Conservation Cooperative. Landscape Conservation Cooperative Symposium, 73rd Midwest Fish & Wildlife Conference, Wichita, KS.

Pomara, L. Y., K. R. Young, and K. Ruokolainen. 2009. Regional and Landscape Influences on Bird Community Composition in the Peruvian Amazon. Paper presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Ornithologists Union, Portland, OR.

Pomara, L. Y., K. R. Young, and K. Ruokolainen. 2007. Environmental and Human Influences on Regional and Landscape Distributions of Bird Communities in the Peruvian Amazon. Paper presentation at the Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

Pomara, L. Y. 2005. Rarity and Endemism in Amazonian Bird Communities: the Role of Regional Habitat Heterogeneity and the Need for Systematic Sampling. Paper presentation at the Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, Denver, CO.

Pomara, L. Y. 2004. Landscape and Regional Bird Community Diversity in the Peruvian Amazon. Paper presentation at Amazon Week Conference, The Brazil Center, University of Texas, Austin.

Fehring, K. E., D. Stralberg, L. Y. Pomara, N. Nur, D. Hatch, D. Adams, and S. Allen. 2004. Modeling Landscape Characteristics of Northern Spotted Owl Nest Sites in Coastal California. Paper presentation at the Annual Conference of the Western Section of the Wildlife Society, Rohnert Park, CA.

Geupel, G. R., G. Ballard, L.Y. Pomara, D. Stralberg, N. Nur and S. Scoggin. 2003. Developing Population Objectives for California Landbirds. Paper presentation and poster session of Cooper Ornithological Society Annual Meeting, Flagstaff, AZ.

Fehring, K. F., D. Stralberg, L .Y. Pomara and N. Nur. Modeling Landscape Characteristics of Northern Spotted Owl Nest Sites in Coastal California. 2002. Poster session of North American Ornithological Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Pomara, L. Y., Robert J. Cooper, and Lisa J. Petit. 2001. Flocking Ecology of Songbirds in Highland Panamanian Forest and Shade Coffee Fields. Poster session of Southeastern Partners in Flight Conference, Mobile, AL.

Pomara, L. Y., Robert J. Cooper, and Lisa J. Petit. 2000. Flocking Ecology of Songbirds in Highland Panamanian Forest and Shade Coffee Fields. Paper presentation at Warnell School of Forest Resources Graduate Student Symposium, Athens, GA.

Workshops
Mapping and Monitoring Wildlife Habitat Using Remotely Sensed Vegetation Phenology Measures. 2017. Half-day workshop to introduce wildlife managers and scientists to habitat suitability modeling applications of a new US Forest Service tool for assessing landscape-scale vegetation properties and dynamics. The Wildlife Society annual meeting, 23-27 September, Albuquerque, NM.

Mapping landscape change and resilience to monitor ecosystem services: an introductory workshop on the Landscape Dynamics Assessment Tool (LanDAT). 2017. Organized by the US Forest Service Southern Research Station, with the Appalachian Landscape Conservation Cooperative and the National Environmental Modeling and Assessment Center. Four separate dates in 2017. One-day workshops to familiarize natural resource managers, planners, and researchers with a new US Forest Service tool for assessing and interpreting landscape change at large spatial scales.

GIS for Natural Resources Research2003. Organized and hosted by PRBO Conservation Science. Workshop for natural resource managers in California NGOs and government agencies. Presentation and discussion of spatial analysis in wildlife ecology and management.

Teaching
Lecturer and Instructor of Record, Department of Geography and the Environment, University of Texas at Austin. 2010-2012.
Landscape Ecology. Upper division. Theoretical and applied landscape ecology. Spring 2012.
Biogeography. Upper division. Ecological, evolutionary, and conservation biogeographies. Spring 2011.
Conservation. Introduction to the science, ethics, history, and geography of US and international conservation and sustainability. Spring and fall 2010, spring 2011.
Maps and Map Interpretation. Introduction to cartographic theory and practice. Spring 2010.

Instructor of Record while PhD candidate (Assistant Instructor). 2008-2009. Conservation. Introduction to the science, ethics, history, and geography of US and international conservation and sustainability. Fall 2008, spring and fall 2009.

Academic advisor. Two undergraduate ecology students at the National University of the Peruvian Amazon, Iquitos, Peru. 2006-2008.

Invited lectures
Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment. Course: Climate Change and Natural Resources. University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2012 and 2013.
Birds in Landscape Ecology. Course: Landscape Ecology. University of Texas at Austin, 2011.
Visiting lecturer for multiple class sessions. Course: Human Use of the Earth. University of Texas at Austin, 2010.
Field Ecology Data Collection Techniques. Course: Field Techniques. University of Texas at Austin, 2010.
Amazonian Biogeography. Course: Biogeography. University of Texas at Austin, 2007.
GIS in the Social Sciences. Course: Sociology. St. Edward’s University, 2006.
Avian Biogeography and Survey Techniques­. Course: Wildlife Ecology. National University of the Peruvian Amazon, Iquitos, Peru, 2006.

Teaching Assistant
Geography of Latin America. Summer 2009.
Conservation. Summer 2008.
Environmental Geographic Information Systems. Ran GIS lab sections. Spring 2006 and 2007.
Introductory Cultural Geography. Led discussion sections. Fall 2004, spring 2005, summer 2007.

Service
Academic committee member, 2016-present. Two Master’s thesis committees, Department of Biological Sciences, California State University – L. A.

Reviewer, 2007-present. Journal of Biogeography; PLoS ONE; Royal Society Open Science; Oecologia; Environmental Modelling and Software; Studies in Avian Biology; The Condor; The Auk; Progress in Physical Geography; Regional Environmental Change; Applied Geography; Wildlife Biology; Zoological Studies; Southeastern Naturalist; Geographical Review; Ornitologia Neotropical.

Reviewer and data contributions, 2015. USFWS Species Status Assessment for ESA Candidacy, Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake.

Review panel, 2012. Student research grant competition (master’s and doctoral); Biogeography Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers.

President, 2004-2005. Geography Association of Graduate Students, University of Texas at Austin.

Professional Research Activities
Endangered Species Evaluation. National Park Service. Big Bend NP, TX, 2009-present. Conduct surveys and write annual status reports for the federally endangered Black-capped Vireo.

Conservation Planning. Siglo Group. Austin, TX, 2011-2012. Spatial analysis for a state-wide systematic conservation planning process to support site prioritization for a major Texas land conservancy.

Geographic Information Systems Specialist / Biologist. PRBO Conservation Science. Stinson Beach, CA, 2002-2003. Spatial ecology data analysis and management; cartography; report and manuscript writing; GIS training for multiple projects in the western US.

Research Assistant. University of Georgia. Athens, GA, 1999-2001. Avian ecology field data collection and lab data management, multiple projects in the Southeastern US.

Field Project Leader / Technician. Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center. Washington, DC, 1997-2000. Data collection and research station management for a study of the effects of traditional vs. industrial coffee agriculture on bird community ecology. Chiriquí Province, Panama. Seasonal position.

Expedition. King Mongkut’s University. Bangkok, Thailand, 2000. Assessment of the critically endangered species Chestnut-headed Partridge (Arborophila cambodiana). Khao Soi Dao Wildlife Sanctuary, Thailand. One-week expedition.

Expedition. Panama Audubon Society. Panama City, Panama, 1998. Important Bird Areas assessment: endangered and endemic bird species in forest fragments in Chiriquí Province, Panama. 25 field days.

Seasonal Field Technician, 1993-1997. Collected field data for multiple forestry and avian ecology research projects in Arkansas, Louisiana, Virginia, West Virginia, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, and Texas. U. of Arkansas, Louisiana State U., U. of Georgia, U. of Idaho, Baylor U., U. of Texas at Austin.

Professional Society Memberships
Association of American Geographers; American Ornithological Union; US section of the International Association for Landscape Ecology; Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation; The Wildlife Society.