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Central Arizona Conservation Alliance Program Director

Stacie Beute, B.S. Biology and Society, ASU
Phone: 480 481.8187

My interests tend toward the intersection of biology and society—to those spaces where human action and human decision-making interface with biological systems, and where biological systems shape human life.

We face many pressing challenges on this planet today: climate change, pollution, over-population, ecological degradation, resource depletion, species extinctions, and loss of biodiversity among others. Because there are social dimensions to ecological challenges, and ecological dimensions to social challenges, we must develop solutions which acknowledge interconnected social and ecological systems. We will need scientific knowledge to inform what can be done, but we will also need social capacity to make it happen.

To that end, I have spent the last few years examining Public Participation in Scientific Research (PPSR). Commonly called Citizen Science, PPSR has great potential for gathering large-scale scientific data, advancing scientific literacy in the public, engaging communication between scientists and stakeholders, and for growing capacity for science-informed management and policy. It is a terrific tool for working to address 21st century challenges.

The Central Arizona Conservation Alliance engages PPSR in many of our projects. By using this community-based, collaborative approach to conservation, we aim to become a model for the nation for how citizens, managers, and researchers can work together toward protection and sustainable use of large nature preserves within a densely populated urban region.

Central Arizona Conservation Alliance Engagement Coordinator

Annia Quiroz, B.A. Journalism and Mass Communication | M.A. Environmental Communication
Phone: 480.401.9186

I execute and oversee critical day-to-day activities of the Conservation Alliance. I facilitate partner and community communications, plan and execute Service Day events, develop, promote, and host Community of Practice Series activities, lead Citizen Science projects (including the floristic inventories and invasive species mapping), and play an integral role in aligning core programming and communications to ROSS Goals. I also support the Alliance efforts through website updates, and our ever-growing social media platform.  Follow the Conservation Alliance on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.