Kristi holds a Ph.D. in ecology from Rutgers University, and has focused her scientific research on learning how species respond to human-caused stressors.  As a conservation scientist at RHA, she directs a team of talented fellow-scientists and practitioners to monitor, study and understand the impacts of land use and climate change on stream ecosystems.  Her program works closely with municipalities and other partners to implement green infrastructure, riparian restoration, and other best management practices to restore and protect ecosystems in the Upper Raritan River Watershed of New Jersey, USA.  Prior to joining RHA in 2015, she held positions at NJ Fish and Wildlife – Endangered and Nongame Species Program, the Wildlife Conservation Society, Hudsonia, and NY/NJ Baykeeper, and taught AP biology at a rigorous science magnet program for Newark Public Schools. Kristi has studied wildlife as close to home as the New Jersey shore and as far away as islands in the Indian Ocean while serving as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer. She co-authored and recently published the book  “Urban Biodiversity – the Natural History of the New Jersey Meadowlands.”

Contact Kristi: 908-234-1852, ext. 322 or Email