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Blake Alexander Simmons

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, Colorado State University

Blake Alexander Simmons is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources at Colorado State University and a teaching assistant in sustainability at the Harvard Extension School. He previously served as a postdoctoral research fellow at Boston University's Global Development Policy Center and the University of Queensland. His research focuses on the economic, political, and psychosocial factors influencing environmental decision-making in social-ecological systems.

He received a B.S. degree in Biology and Ecosystem Science & Policy from the University of Miami in 2013, an M.S. in Biology from the University of Antwerp in 2015, and a Ph.D. in Conservation Science from the University of Queensland in 2020.

Experience

  • 2022–present
    Teaching assistant, Harvard Extension School
  • 2022–present
    Postdoctoral research fellow, Colorado State University
  • 2020–2022
    Postdoctoral research fellow, Boston University
  • 2019–2020
    Postdoctoral research fellow, University of Queensland

Education

  • 2020 
    The University of Queensland, Ph.D. in Conservation Science
  • 2015 
    Universiteit Antwerpen, M.S. in Biology
  • 2013 
    University of Miami, B.S. in Biology and Ecosystem Science & Policy

Publications

  • 2022
    Assessing the status of existing and tentative marine World Heritage areas reveals opportunities to better achieve World Heritage Convention goals, Journal of Environmental Management
  • 2022
    Accelerated shifts in terrestrial life zones under rapid climate change, Global Change Biology
  • 2022
    A trait‐based framework for assessing the vulnerability of marine species to human impacts, Ecosphere
  • 2021
    China can help solve the debt and environmental crises, Science
  • 2021
    Risks to global biodiversity and Indigenous lands from China’s overseas development finance, Nature Ecology & Evolution
  • 2021
    Tough questions for the “30×30” conservation agenda, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment
  • 2021
    Psychosocial drivers of land management behaviour: How threats, norms, and context influence deforestation intentions, Ambio
  • 2021
    Heterogeneity in Preferences for Nonfinancial Incentives to Engage Landholders in Native Vegetation Management, Land Economics
  • 2021
    Geolocated dataset of Chinese overseas development finance, Scientific Data
  • 2021
    The potential for applying “Nonviolent Communication” in conservation science, Conservation Science and Practice
  • 2021
    Identifying management opportunities to combat climate, land, and marine threats across less climate exposed coral reefs, Conservation Biology
  • 2021
    Mitigating social-ecological risks from the surge in China’s overseas investment: an Indonesian profile, Discover Sustainability
  • 2020
    Landholder typologies illuminate pathways for social change in a deforestation hotspot, Journal of Environmental Management
  • 2020
    Program awareness, social capital, and perceptions of trees influence participation in private land conservation programs in Queensland, Australia, Environmental Management
  • 2019
    Collaboration across boundaries in the Amazon, Science
  • 2018
    Effectiveness of regulatory policy in curbing deforestation in a biodiversity hotspot, Environmental Research Letters
  • 2018
    Frequent policy uncertainty can negate the benefits of forest conservation policy, Environmental Science & Policy
  • 2018
    Spatial and temporal patterns of land clearing during policy change, Land Use Policy