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Faculty Profile

Vicky Meretsky

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Adjunct Professor of Biology, Professor of Public and Environmental Affairs, Affiliate Professor of Law

IU Affiliations
School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Contact Information
By telephone: 812-855-3836
SPEA 455
Research Area

Ph.D. in Wildlife Ecology, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, 1995
M.Sc. in Statistics, Foraging ecology of Egyptian vultures in the Negev desert, Israel, 1993
M.Sc. in Wildlife Ecology, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA, 1988
B.Sc. in Biology, concentrating in Ecology and Systematics, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 1980


Indiana University Trustees Teaching Award (2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2012)
School of Public and Environmental Affairs Outstanding Teaching Award (1998, 2002, 2010)
Indiana University Teaching Excellence Recognition Award (1998,1999, 2000)

Research Description

Professor Meretsky is a conservation biologist with research interests at both the single species and landscape scales. Previously she has conducted research on California condors, Egyptian vultures, endangered species of Grand Canyon including humpback chub and Kanab ambersnail, and Indiana bats. Professor Meretsky's research interests include conservation planning, ecology of rare species, integrating ecosystem and endangered species management with adaptive management, and impacts of climate change on all of these. Current research areas include conservation planning on public lands, impacts of state and federal planting policies on managed relocation under climate change, and methods of improving teaching and training of graduate students of science and policy.

Professor Meretsky teaches conservation biology, climate change impacts on natural resources, graduate statistics, and graduate capstone courses. She holds affiliate appointments in IU's Maurer School of Law, the Department of Biology, the Integrated Program in the Environment, the Russian and Eastern European Institute, and the Inner Asian and Uralic National Resources Center. She is also a research associate with the Center for the Study of Institutions, Population, and Environmental Change (CIPEC) and a member of the Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching. She has led SPEA graduate students in capstone research projects for the National Council on Science and the Environment, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Defenders of Wildlife, and the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, the latter three jointly with Professor Robert Fischman of the Maurer School of Law. Dr. Meretsky serves as a science advisor to the Nature Conservancy and the Sycamore Land Trust in Indiana, and serves on the Technical Advisory Committee on Herpetofauna for the Indiana Division of Fish and Wildlife.

Prior to joining Indiana University, Dr. Meretsky worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a research biologist studying endangered species and ecosystem management in Grand Canyon and served as an adjunct faculty member at Northern Arizona University. Before that, she coordinated the vertebrate portion of the Arizona GAP analysis, conducted aerial videography of Arizona riparian areas and the Santa Clara wetland of Mexico, and studied California condors and northern spotted owls.

Select Publications
Meretsky, V.J., and R.L. Fischman. 2014. Learning from conservation planning for the U.S. National Wildlife Refuges. Conservation Biology DOI: 10.1111/cobi.12292.
Meretsky, V.J., and T.A.N. Wood. 2013. A novel approach for practitioners in training: a blended-learning seminar combining experts, students and practitioners. Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning 13:48-62.
Hellman, J.H., V.J. Meretsky, and J.S. McLachlan. 2012. Strategies for reducing extinction risk under a changing climate. Chapter 17 in Hannah, L. (ed). Saving a Million Species: Extinction Risk From Climate Change. Island Press.
Meretsky, V.J., L.A. Maguire, F.W. Davis, D.M. Stoms, J.M. Scott, D. Figg, D. Goble, D.B. Griffith, S.E. Henke, J. Vaughn, and S.L. Yaffee. 2012. A state-based national network for effective wildlife conservation. BioScience 62:970-976.

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