Anna Santo

Research Associate

B.A., Biology & Environmental Studies, Oberlin College, 2009
M.S., Forest Resources & Environmental Conservation, Virginia Tech, 2015

Originally from Minnesota, I left the twin cities to study biology and environmental studies at Oberlin College. After graduating in 2009, I worked on the EPA’s National Rivers and Streams Survey, conducting aquatic and riparian surveys from many of Minnesota’s waterways. In 2009, I received a Fulbright fellowship to teach English for a year at a university in western Venezuela. After returning to the country, I worked for two years as an OSM/AmeriCorps VISTA with the Western Hardrock Watershed Team in Paonia, Colorado. My projects included: coordinating volunteer water-monitoring and riparian restoration projects; working with the State of Colorado, US Geologic Survey, and local stakeholders to study salt and selenium loading in the Lower Gunnison Basin; and building capacity for the local watershed group. I finished a master’s degree studying how landowners perceive the invasive American beaver in Tierra del Fuego, Argentina.

Research Interests:

  • Human dimensions of social-ecological systems
  • Community impacts of conservation and land protection
  • Riparian ecology & restoration

Other Activities:
When I emerge from the books, I love backpacking, cross-country skiing, mountain and road biking, gardening, and cooking. I enjoy volunteering on local farms, in schools, and for local community radio stations.

Current Projects:
Community bird monitoring networks in Mexico
Participation in the Lesser Prairie Chicken Initiative

Past Projects:
Landowner perceptions of invasive North American beavers on riparian areas in Tierra del Fuego

Santo, A., K. Guillozet*, M.G. Sorice, T.D. Baird, S.A. Gray, C.J. Donlan and C.B. Anderson. 2017. Examining private landowners’ knowledge systems of invasive species. Human Ecology 45(4).

Santo, A., Sorice, M.G., Donlan, C.J., Franck, C.T., Anderson, C.A. 2015. A human-centered approach to designing invasive species eradication programs on human- inhabited islands. Global Environmental Change 35: 289-298.