Natalie Dubois, ’97

Natalie Dubois, '972019 Elkin R. Isaac Alumni Lecture

“Boundary Spanners: Navigating the Space Between Research and Conservation”

Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Towsley Lecture Hall/Norris 101

Natalie Dubois is a Senior Research Specialist, based in Washington, D.C., for Environmental Incentives, where she provides technical support to international conservation programs on the use of evidence-based approaches. In support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)'s Measuring Impact project, she co-authored the Agency's first guidance supporting the use and generation of evidence in biodiversity programming and continues to support evidence-based design, implementation and adaptive management across USAID's biodiversity portfolio. Previously, Dubois worked as a staff scientist at Defenders of Wildlife, providing technical and scientific guidance to the organization's renewable-energy and climate-adaption programs.

At Albion College, Dubois majored in Biology and French. She traces her passion for research to a National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program at Konza Prairie in Kansas, where she conducted research with Albion biologist and professor Dale Kennedy on interspecific competition between house wrens and Bewick's wrens. This work became part of her Albion College honors thesis, "Territorial Responses to House Wrens by Bewick's Wrens and Eastern Bluebirds: A Song Playback Experiment," which she presented at the Isaac Symposium in 1997.

After graduating from Albion, Dubois continued research on house wrens at Michigan State University's W.K. Kellogg Biological Station, where she received a doctorate in zoology and ecology, evolutionary biology and behavior. She completed a post-doc at Ohio University, examining mate choice and communication systems in swordtail fishes, before becoming a "boundary spanner" strengthening the use of science in natural resource management and conservation decisions.