Laura López-Hoffman

Principal Investigator

Laura López-Hoffman is a professor in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment, and an associate research professor at the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy at the University of Arizona. She is also an affiliated faculty member of the UA James E. Rogers College of Law.  The objective of her research is to contribute to the development of environmental policies and institutions that protect ecosystems and sustain human well-being.

Ta-Ken Huang

PhD Candidate

Ta-Ken Huang is a PhD candidate in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment. He is interested in coupled natural-human systems, environmental economics, and spatial analysis. His dissertation research evaluates how wind energy expansion impacts the ecosystem services provided by bats.

Robert Meredith

Senior Advisor

Robert Merideth has retired as research director but remains as a key advisor to the López-Hoffman Lab. He was also program manager of the Bridging Biodiversity and Conservation Science (BBCS) Program (an initiative of UA Research, Discovery & Innovation, the Institute of the Environment, and the Udall Center).


Research Director/Post-doc

Jonathan Derbridge is a post-doctoral fellow in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of Arizona, and research director for the López-Hoffman Lab.  He is a wildlife ecologist who works on a range of applied conservation questions related to endangered populations, introduced species, migrations, and ecosystem services.  He also specializes in science communication through art and video-editing.

Senior Researcher

Emily McGovern is a writer, editor, and geographer with a background in environmental studies and policy analysis. She was previously an analyst and editor with the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy at the University of Arizona. Emily also works with the James E. Rogers College of Law on communication and outreach efforts.


Graduate Student

Alex Binford-Walsh is an undergraduate student at the University of Arizona. He has been involved in local conservation efforts including ranching, land management, and policy analysis.  He works on the NEPAccess project as the Undergraduate Manager, and helps to bring the different facets of the project together. 

Paul Mirocha, UX designer


Paul Mirocha is a designer with an MS degree in User Experience Design (UX) from Kent State University. His interests include human-centered design, web usability, and search. His background is in illustration and graphic design relating to science and the environment. Paul is also an artist-in-residence at the University of Arizona’s Desert Laboratory on Tumamoc Hill.



Supervised Post-docs

NameCurrent Affiliation
John ClineMitre Corporation
Ruscena Wiederholt Everglades Foundation
Aaron LienAssistant Professor, University of Arizona
Xiao Feng  Florida State University
Mauricio Núñez-Regueiro Universidad Católica de Salta, Argentina.

Graduate Students

Kimberly Baeza
Michael Kotutwa Johnson
Aaron Lien
Carrie Presnall
Claudia Reynoso
Sofia Rodriguez-McGoffin
Natalya Robbins Sherman
Matt Skroch
Colleen Svancara

Undergraduate students introduce themselves and talk about working on an interdisciplinary team