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Stephanie Romanach

Research Ecologist

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Stephanie Romañach completed her MA and then PhD (2003) in Ecology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She had previously earned a BS in Zoology from the University of Florida in 1998. Stephanie is a Research Ecologist at the USGS Southeast Ecological Science Center. She uses a combination of field observations and predictive ecological models to explore the impacts of climate change and ecosystem restoration on wildlife. The results of her work are used in the Everglades restoration decision making process. Before joining USGS, Stephanie's research focused on getting science used in natural resource decision making through projects such as endangered African wild dog conservation and ecology, bushmeat trade and rural livelihoods, the role of trophy hunting in wildlife conservation, and large carnivore (lion and hyena) population dynamics.



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Benscoter, A.M., J.S. Reece, R.F. Noss, L.A. Brandt, F.J. Mazzotti, S.S. Romañach, J.I. Watling. 2013. Threatened and endangered subspecies with vulnerable ecological traits also have high susceptibility to sea level rise and habitat fragmentation PLOS ONE 10.1371/journal.pone.0070647

Watling, J., D. Bucklin, C. Speroterra, L. Brandt, S. Romanach, and F. Mazzotti. 2013. Validating Predictions from Climate Envelope Models. PLOS ONE 10.1371/journal.pone.0063600

David N. Bucklin, James I. Watling, Carolina Speroterra, Laura A. Brandt, Frank J. Mazzotti, Stephanie S. Romañach. 2012. Climate downscaling effects on predictive ecological models: a case study for threatened and endangered vertebrates in the southeastern United States. Regional Environmental Change. 13 (Suppl 1):S57 – S68.

Watling JI, LA Brandt, FJ Mazzotti & SS Romañach. 2013. Use and Interpretation of Climate Envelope Models: A Practical Guide. University of Florida, 43 pp.

Watling, J., S. Romañach, L. Brandt, L. Pearlstine, & F. Mazzotti. 2012. Do bioclimate variables improve performance of climate envelope models? Ecological Modelling, 246: 79 -- 85.

Lindsey, P., C. Havemann, R. Lines, A. Price, T. Retief, T. Rhebergen, C. Van der Waal, & S. Romañach. 2013. Benefits associated with wildlife-based land uses on private land in Namibia and limitations affecting their development. Oryx 47: 41 - 53.

David N. Bucklin, James I. Watling, Carolina Speroterra, Laura A. Brandt, Frank J. Mazzotti, Stephanie S. Romañach. 2012. Climate downscaling effects on predictive ecological models: a case study for threatened and endangered vertebrates in the southeastern United States. Regional Environmental Change.

J. Watling, S. Romañach, L. Brandt, L. Pearlstine, & F. Mazzotti. In press. Do bioclimate variables improve performance of climate envelope models? Ecological Modelling. 246(10): 79-85.

Lindsey, P., C. Masterson, A, Beck, & S. Romañach. 2012. Ecological, Social and Financial Issues Related to Fencing as a Conservation Tool in Africa. In ‘Fencing for Conservation’. Eds. M. J. Somers and M. Hayward. Springer. New York: 215-234.

Romañach, S.S., C. Conzelmann, A. Daugherty, J.L. Lorenz, C. Hunnicutt, Christina, & F.J. Mazzotti. 2011. Joint Ecosystem Modeling (JEM) Ecological Model Documentation Volume 1: Estuarine Prey Fish Biomass Availability v1.0.0: U.S Geological Survey Open-File Report 2011–1272, 20 p., available at http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2011/1272/.

Romañach, S.S., C. Conzelmann, A. Daugherty, J.L. Lorenz, C. Hunnicutt, Christina, & F.J. Mazzotti. 2011. Joint Ecosystem Modeling (JEM) Ecological Model Documentation Volume : Roseate Spoonbill (Platalea ajaja) Landscape Habitat Suitability Index v1.0.0: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2011–1273, 23 p., available at http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2011/1273/.

Cherkiss, M.S, S.S. Romañach, & F.J. Mazzotti. 2011. The American Crocodile in Biscayne Bay, Florida. Estuaries and Coasts 34:529-535.

Romañach, S. P. Lindsey, & R. Woodroffe. 2011. Attitudes toward predators and options for their conservation in the Ewaso Ecosystem. In Conserving wildlife in African landscapes: Kenya’s Ewaso Ecosystem, ed. N. Georgiadis, J. Moss, A. King, &  D. Malleret-King. Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press. Pp. 85-93.

Lindsey, P., S. Romañach, S. Matema. 2011. Dynamics and underlying causes of illegal bushmeat trade in Zimbabwe. Oryx. 45: 84 -95.

Lindsey, P., S. Romañach, C. Tambling, & K. Chartier. 2011. Ecological and financial impacts of the  bushmeat trade in Zimbabwe. Oryx 45: 96 – 111.

Conzelmann, C., & Romañach, S.S., 2010. Filtering NetCDF files by using the EverVIEW Slice and Dice Tool: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2010–3035.

Conzelmann, C., & Romañach, S.S., 2010. Visualizing NetCDF Files by Using the EverVIEW Data Viewer: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2010–3046.

Brandt L, Romañach S, & Mazzotti F. 2010. Planning for climate change in south Florida.WEC- 282. Gainesville, FL: Institute of Food and Agricultural Science. Fact Sheet.

Lindsey, P.A., S.S. Romañach & H. Davies-Mostert. 2009. The importance of conservancies  for enhancing the conservation value of game ranch land in southern Africa. Journal of Zoology 277(2): 99-105.

Lindsey, P.A., S. Romañach, & H. Davies-Mostert. 2009. A synthesis of early indicators of the drivers of predator conservation on private lands in South Africa. Reintroduction of Top-Order Predators, 1st edition. Chapter 15, pages 321-344 in M. Hayward and M. Somers (Eds.), Wiley-Blackwell, London.

Lindsey, P.A., R. du Toit, A. Pole, & S. Romañach. 2008. Savé Valley Conservancy: a large scale African experiment in cooperative wildlife management. Ch 11, p 163-184 in B. Child, H. Suich and A. Spenceley, ‘Evolution and innovation in wildlife conservation in southern Africa.’ IUCN SASUSG.

Romañach, S.S., & P.A. Lindsey. 2008. Conservation implications of prey responses to wild dogs Lycaon pictus during the denning season on wildlife ranchland. Animal Conservation 1: 1-7.

Romañach, S.S., P.A. Lindsey, & R. Woodroffe. 2007. Determinants of attitudes toward predators in central Kenya and suggestions for increasing tolerance in a livestock dominated landscape. Oryx 41: 185-195.

Romañach, S.S. 2007. Attitudes toward predators and options for their conservation. Laikipia Wildlife Forum Newsletter, January edition.

Romañach, S.S. 2007. Conservation, Wildlife & Markets. African Indaba, v. 5, no. 1.

Romañach, S.S. 2007. Predator Conservation and Hunting in Kenya. African Indaba, v. 5, no. 3.

Romañach, S.S., E.W. Seabloom, & O.J. Reichman. 2007. The costs and benefits of pocket gopher foraging: linking behavior and physiology. Ecology 88: 2047–2057.

Georgiadis, N.J., J.G.N. Olwero, G. Ojwang, & S. Romañach. 2007. Savanna herbivore dynamics in a livestock-dominated landscape: I. Dependence on land use, rainfall, density, and time. Biological Conservation 137: 461-472.

Georgiadis, N.J., F. Ihwagi, J.G.N. Olwero, & S. Romañach. 2007. Savanna herbivore dynamics in a livestock-dominated landscape: II. Conservation and management implications of predator restoration Biological Conservation 137: 473-483.

Lindsey, P.A., P.A. Roulet, & S.S. Romañach. 2007. Economic and conservation significance of the trophy hunting industry in sub-Saharan Africa. Biological Conservation 134: 456-67.

Lindsey, P.A., R. Alexander, M.G.L. Mills, S.S. Romañach, & R. Woodroffe. 2007. Wildlife viewing preferences of visitors to protected areas in South Africa: implications for the role of ecotourism in conservation. Journal of Ecotourism 6: 19-33.

Woodroffe, R., L.G. Frank, P.A. Lindsey, S.M.K. ole Ranah, & S. Romañach. 2007. Livestock husbandry as a tool for carnivore conservation in Africa's community rangelands: a case-control study. Biodiversity & Conservation 16: 1245-1260.

Woodroffe, R., P. Lindsey, S. Romañach, & S.M.K. ole Ranah. 2007. African wild dogs (Lycaon pictus) can subsist on small prey: implications for conservation. Journal of Mammalogy 88: 181-93.

Lindsey, P.A., L. Frank, A. Mathieson, R. Alexander, & S.S. Romañach. 2007. Trophy hunting and conservation in Africa: problems and one potential solution. Conservation Biology 21: 880–883.

Lindsey, P.A., L. Frank, A. Mathieson, & S. S. Romañach. 2006. Potential of trophy hunting to create incentives for wildlife conservation in Africa where alternative wildlife-based land uses may not be viable. Animal Conservation 9: 283-291.

Le Comber, S. C., E. W. Seabloom, & S. S. Romañach. 2006. Burrow fractal dimension, food distribution and foraging success in subterranean rodents: a simulation. Behavioural Ecology 17: 188–195.

Romañach, S.S. 2005. Influences of sociality and habitat on African mole rat burrowing patterns. Canadian Journal of Zoology. 83: 1051–1058.

Romañach, S.S., O. J. Reichman, W.E. Rogers, & G. N. Cameron. 2005. Effects of species, gender, age, and habitat on pocket gopher foraging tunnel geometry. Journal of Mammalogy 86: 750–756.

Romañach, S.S. E. W. Seabloom, & O.J. Reichman. 2005. Seasonal influences on burrowing activity of a subterranean rodent, Thomomys bottae. Journal of Zoology 266: 319–325.

Woodroffe, R., P. Lindsey, S. Romañach, A. Stein, & S. ole Ranah. 2005. Livestock predation by endangered African wild dogs (Lycaon pictus) in northern Kenya. Biological Conservation. 124: 225-234.

Romañach, S.S. & S.C. LeComber. 2004. Measures of pocket gopher (Thomomys bottae) burrow geometry: correlates of fractal dimension. Journal of Zoology 262: 399-403.

Romañach, S.S. 2003. Factors affecting burrowing patterns of subterranean rodents. University of California, Santa Barbara. Ph.D. dissertation, 120 p.

Romañach, S.S. & D.J. Levey.  2000. An experimental test of the predator satiation hypothesis: at what level might it apply?  Florida Scientist 63: 1-7.



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Understanding Ecosystems & Predicting Ecosystems Change

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