Lucy Zipf

Visiting Lecturer in Biological Sciences

Ecologist interested in community-level response to human driven change, including climate change, biodiversity shifts, and land management.

I am broadly interested in investigating place-based impacts of human-driven change on communities across trophic levels. In my current work, I examine the effects of climate change and land management on Massachusetts bird and insect populations. I use long-term data sets to document changes in phenology and reproductive success of local species and identify drivers of change. I work with local conservation organizations, including Mass Audubon, and community scientists using observational field studies and statistical modeling.

In my classroom I prioritize hypothesis-driven exploration of the natural and built environment. I work with my students to build skills in science literacy, observation, and analysis that they can take with them into careers in the sciences and beyond through place-based learning, engagement with the natural environment, connecting local examples to global processes, and synthesis writing. I teach introductory organismal biology, intermediate-level ecology, biostatistics, and an advanced ecosystem ecology course. Across all levels and courses students build the necessary foundation of theory and practice needed to understand relevant biological processes and are then encouraged to reexamine their and other environments with critical thought.

In addition to looking at birds, I enjoy crocheting, playing with my many cats, and watching reality TV.