Grad Students

Kate Willis



Contact Information

Email    kwillis@g.ucla.edu
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Phone  

Fields of Study

conservation planning, land use change, climate change and its effect on local vegetation, invasive species, fire ecology, paleoclimate, GIS, remote sensing

Advisors

Glen MacDonald and Tom Gillespie

Awards

California Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit for Landscape Dynamics Summary Report in MEDN Parks, National Park Service, 2013-2014 


La Kretz Center small grant for graduate students, 2013 

Graduate Research Mentorship, 2012-2013 

California Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit for Landscape Dynamics Monitoring Protocol, National Park Service, 2011-2012 

Graduate Summer Research Mentorship 2011 

UCLA University Fellowship 2009 

Clark University Geller Grant 2008 

Clark University Presidential Scholar 2004-2008

Research

PhD: Assessing landscape dynamics in coastal southern California for ecological conservation 

MA: Carbon storage and hydrological reconstruction using testate amoebae analysis and ground penetrating radar in the West Siberian Lowlands and Churchill, Manitoba.

Degrees

M.A. University of California, Los Angeles 2011 Geography 
B.A. Clark University 2008 Environmental Science and Policy, minor Mathematics

Publications

Willis, K. S., (In Review) Space-borne remote sensing for monitoring ecological change in United States protected areas. Biological Conservation.

 Gillespie, T.W., Willis, K.S. (In Review) Spaceborne remote sensing of protected areas at a global spatial scale. Progress in Physical Geography.

 Willis, K. S., Beilman, D., Booth, R. K., Amesbury, M., Holmquist, J., MacDonald, G. M. (In Review) Peatland paleohydrology in southern West Siberian Lowlands: Comparison of multiple testate amoebae transfer functions, sites, and Sphagnum δ13C values. The Holocene.

 Willis, K. S., S. Ostermann-Kelm, L. Lee, T. W. Gillespie, G. M. MacDonald, and F. Federico. Baseline Report of Land Cover Change in the Mediterranean Coast Inventory and Monitoring Network of Southern California, 1985 - 2014. Natural Resource Report NPS MEDN NRR 2014. National Park Service, Fort Collins, Colorado. In Review.

Willis, K. S., S. Ostermann-Kelm, L. Lee, T. W. Gillespie, G. M. MacDonald, and F. Federico. Monitoring Landscape Dynamics in the Mediterranean Coast Inventory and Monitoring Network of Southern California. Natural Resource Report NPS MEDN NRR 2013. National Park Service, Fort Collins, Colorado. In Review.

Presentations

Climatic impacts on phenology in chaparral- and coastal sage scrub-dominated ecosystems in southern California using MODIS-derived time series. Willis, K. S., Gillespie, T. W., Okin, G. S., MacDonald, G. M. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting poster.  San Francisco, CA.  December 2013.

 

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area:  Changes in Chaparral Vegetation Type, 1986-2011. Willis, K. S. California Geographic Society Annual Meeting paper cartography.  San Luis Obispo, CA. April 2013.

 

Monitoring landscape dynamics in southern California National Parks using remote sensing: a methodological overview and initial results.  Willis, K.S., Ostermann-Kelm, S., Lee, L., Gillespie, T.W., MacDonald, G.M, and Federico, F.  American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting paper.  Los Angeles, CA. April 2013.

 

Monitoring landscape dynamics in southern California National Parks: a focus on phenological changes.  Willis, K.S., Gillespie, T.W.  American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting poster.  San Francisco, CA.  December 2012.

 

Monitoring Landscape Dynamics in Southern California's Mediterranean Coast Network.  Willis, K.S., Gillespie, T.W., MacDonald, G.M.  American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting poster.  New York City, NY. February 2012.

 

Monitoring Land Use Change in the Santa Monica Mountains.  Willis, K.S., Gillespie, T., MacDonald, G.M. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting poster.  San Francisco, CA.  December 2011.

 

Development of a Landscape Dynamics Monitoring Protocol for National Parks in the Mediterranean Coast Network. Willis, K.S., Gillespie, T., MacDonald, G.M.  MEDECOS conference, UCLA La Kretz Center. September, 2011.

The application of testate amoebae analysis and ground penetrating radar to northern peatlands. Willis, K. S., MacDonald, G.M., Booth, R.K., Beilman, D.  American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting poster. Seattle, WA. April 2011.

 

Biogeochemical characteristics of Siberia's Kolyma River watershed in relation to climate warming and permafrost degradation.  Willis, K. S., Abbott, K., Frey, K., Schade, J., Holmes, R.M., Bulygina, K.  America Geophysical Union Fall Meeting poster. San Francisco, CA. December 2008.