Kelly Iknayan, PhD
Resilient Landscapes Program
Urban Nature Lab
Dr. Iknayan's interests include global change biology and community ecology with a particular focus on Californian avifauna. Having received her doctorate from UC Berkeley, her dissertation focuses on avian distributional response to climate change in the Desert Southwest, as part of the Grinnell Resurvey Project (http://mvz.berkeley.edu/Grinnell/). Through my research, she investigates if species interactions are impacting individual species responses to a changing climate, and how this may vary across the three deserts biomes of California: the Sonoran, the Mojave, and the Great Basin deserts. Historic data for this survey were collected as part of a broader systematic inventory of the vertebrates of California by Joseph Grinnell and colleagues at UC Berkeley’s Museum of Vertebrate Zoology. Dynamic multi-species occupancy models will allow her to advantage of this invaluable dataset, as they can correct for detection differences from survey methods between the historic and modern surveys.
Prior to coming to UC Berkeley, Dr. Iknayan earned a BS in Biology from the University of Michigan in 2006. Following graduation, she performed ornithological field research in Northern Minnesota with the University of Minnesota and in Arizona and Southeast California with PRBO. From 2009-2012, she worked as a researcher, specializing in GIS and data management, with the Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project, where she worked with the island’s endangered honeycreepers.