Micaela Bazo's picture

Micaela Bazo

Associate Environmental Scientist
Resilient Landscapes Program

Micaela is an Associate Environmental Scientist in the Resilient Landscapes program.  Her work focuses on process oriented strategies for ecologically robust and culturally rich environments.  She holds a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of California-Berkeley and a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from Vassar College.  Prior to joining SFEI, Micaela worked in design, planning, water engineering and real estate development.

Related Projects, News, and Events

Sunnyvale Moffett Park Specific Plan (Project)

The City of Sunnyvale is re-zoning the Moffett Park district with the goal of creating a complete live-work community and ecological innovation district. We draw on the science-based Urban Biodiversity Framework to develop technical specifications, specific guidance, clear graphic representations, and rationale for an urban biodiversity strategy for this part of the city.

Integrated Planning for Nature: Building resilience across urban and rural landscapes in Silicon Valley (Project)

This project asks “How can we densify our cities to accommodate a growing population while also expanding the role of nature within cities?” Across the spectrum from dense urban areas to cul-de-sac suburbs to open space, we are developing scenarios and working with local experts through two charrettes to describe solutions to ensure a future in nature-rich, dense cities. We also quantify ecosystem services and nature access for these scenarios. This project is designed to impact a number of policy documents, including the San Jose 2070 vision.

This effort is integrates research from the largely separate fields of urban ecology and public health to create design guidance that advances both ecological and human health in cities.


Ecology for Health (Project)

In the coming decades, urban green spaces will become the dominant way people experience nature, with two-thirds of the world’s population inhabiting cities by 2030. These spaces can have profound benefits for human health and are critical for maintaining biodiversity. Yet cities do not currently maximize their potential to achieve these goals. Instead, cities often reduce access to nature, fragment habitats, and produce air pollution and urban heat islands. 


Photo by Shira Bezalel

Re-Oaking (Project)

“Re-Oaking” is an approach to reintegrating oaks and other native trees within the developed California landscape to provide a range of ecosystem services. The concept has emerged from SFEI's research into the distribution and characteristics of California's former valley oak savannas -- a distinctive, widespread habitat that was mostly lost a century ago. Now valley oaks and other native trees are being recognized for the benefits they did -- and could again – provide, as communities design the ecologically healthy and resilient landscapes of the future.

Making Nature's City (Project)

Cities will face many challenges over the coming decades, from adapting to a changing climate to accommodating rapid population growth. A related suite of challenges threatens global biodiversity, resulting in many species facing extinction. While urban planners and conservationists have long treated these issues as distinct, there is growing evidence that cities not only harbor a significant fraction of the world’s biodiversity, but also that they can also be made more livable and resilient for people, plants, and animals through nature-friendly urban design. 

Photo Credits: Micha Salomon (L), Dee Shea Himes (R)

Healthy Watersheds Resilient Baylands (Project)

Through the Healthy Watersheds Resilient Baylands project, SFEI and sixteen partner organizations is developing multi-benefit tools to enhance climate change resilience in San Francisco Bay. Healthy Watersheds Resilient Baylands has three major components: Making Nature’s City: a Science-based Framework for Building Urban Biodiversity, Tidal Wetlands Restoration and Implementation Projects.

Building Cities to Better Support Biodiversity (News)

Erica Spotswood and a team of other SFEI scientists have developed a framework outlining the key elements for supporting biodiversity in urban environments. 

logo created for the San Francisco Estuary Partnership by SFEI

SFEI Provides Science Leadership and Support for State of the Estuary Report and Conference (News)

The San Francisco Estuary Partnership (SFEP) brings together the estuarine community every two years at the State of the Estuary Conference and, periodically, SFEP also reports on the State of the Estuary, summarizing the latest scientific findings about ecosystem health. This State of the Estuary Report is the only place where a holistic view of ecosystem function is provided across both the Bay and the Delta. This year, SFEI provided scientific leadership and technical support for the report, which focuses on the ties between social and ecological resilience for our estuary.