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UNC Clean Tech Speaker

Liz Kalies

Liz Kalies
Director of Science
The Nature Conservancy, North Carolina Chapter


Liz Kalies, PhD is the Director of Science for the NC chapter of The Nature Conservancy, and an adjunct assistant professor at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. She is a terrestrial ecologist, with expertise in wildlife field ecology, forest restoration, and quantitative ecology. At TNC, she focuses on (1) coordination of large-scale monitoring to assess land protection outcomes, (2) using evidence-based synthesis approaches to answer management questions, and (3) research on wildlife ecology and connectivity, particularly in the context of renewable energy development.

Prior to joining TNC in 2011, Liz worked at the Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh on the eMammal camera-trapping study. Before that, she worked extensively on forest restoration and wildfire and the impacts on wildlife communities, with the Ecological Restoration Institute in Arizona. She has a PhD in wildlife ecology from Northern Arizona University, a master’s degree in ecology from Yale University, and a BS in biology from Cornell University. She lives in Chapel Hill, and has hobbies that have taken a backseat to raising three children.