Riley Pratt, Ph.D. - Ecologist/Project Manager
Riley is primarily responsible for planning, coordinating, and implementing efforts to monitor sensitive species and habitats within the Irvine Ranch National Natural Landmarks. He uses monitoring data to track the health of plant and wildlife populations over time, information which is used to guide and prioritize future management efforts. Riley also helps manage several of the the Conservancy's resource stewardship and citizen science programs which seek to increase public participation in monitoring efforts. Riley’s career as an ecologist began with the US Geological Survey in the Hawaiian Islands. Riley earned his Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of California at Irvine in 2009. Following his doctoral studies, Riley joined Kailen Mooney’s Lab at UC Irvine to study community ecology, and Riley continues to collaborate with the Mooney Lab. Riley has also worked as a biological consultant on a number of public and private planning projects.