Caitlin Coberly, PhD – Principal Ecologist
Caitlin holds a doctorate in ecology and evolution from Duke University. She has taught ecology across the United States and in Central America. Her interests include decision science and risk analysis, as well as communication, field biology, and statistics.
Caitlin currently serves as a Director on the Calapooia Watershed Council (http://www.calapooia.org/), she recently served as a techical advisor on the USFWS Federal Advisory Committee for Wind and Wildlife (2008-2010). She served as a member of the Sage Step Working Group National Wind Coordinating Committee in 2008-2009, and on the Ecotype Provenance Committee for the Native Seed Network in 2005. She holds certificates in NEPA Process, Bat Acoustic Monitoring, Ecologically Based Plant Management, Ecology, and Biological Instruction. She has completed ongoing education in managing liability exposure, non-profit board leadership, and restoring watersheds.
As an accomplished field biologist, Caitlin has designed and performed field surveys for birds, bats, pollinators and pathogens, mosquitoes, rare plants, and introduced weeds. As a postdoctoral assistant, she investigate the effect of spatial structure on evolution and ecology. She has conducted research in every major American migration route, from Central America and Florida to the Arctic Circle. Caitlin has conducted numerous avian and bat monitoring projects, including avian acoustic monitoring for sensitive species, raptor nest surveys, and aerial waterfowl surveys. In keeping with her interests in night migration and acoustic monitoring, Caitlin is currently studying the migration routes of boreal forest bats with collaborators in North Dakota and Arizona. She also recently extended the known range for a grass species (giant wild rye) in Oregon, and documented two new species of native grasses for the Warm Springs Indian Reservation. She is currently working on a management plan for an endangered population of Bradshaw’s lomatium.
Bringing this diverse array of experiences to the Merlin Ecological, Caitlin has developed a simple numerical risk assessment for initial site planning at wind development projects. She recently pioneered the application of this risk assessment for GIS-based application.
In her spare time Caitlin enjoys her dogs and small farm, biology of all sorts, and cooking with and for family and friends.