Tristan Nuñez

Tristan Nuñez

Ph.D. Alum
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Office: Room 4, Mulford Hall


M.S. School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, University of Washington, 2011
B.A. Lewis and Clark College, 2005




Research Interests

I am interested in answering basic scientific questions that have important implications for people. I focus on understanding how the movement of wild animals, as a fundamental ecological process, influences and is influenced by natural and human environments. In addition, I am interested in how animal movement influences the ability of animals and plants to move in response to climate change, and what this means for human societies. I am tackling these questions by collecting data in the field and by using computer models. I have worked in Kenya, Peru, and the Western United States.

Prior to joining the Brashares Lab, Tristan completed a Master’s in the Landscape Ecology and Conservation Lab at the University of Washington, where he worked with the Washington Habitat Connectivity Working Group in prioritizing areas for conservation in a changing climate.


McGuire, J.L., J.J. Lawler, B.H. McRae, T.A. Nuñez, and David M. Theobald. 2016. Achieving climate connectivity in a fragmented landscape. Proc. Natl Acad. Sci., 113 (26): 7195-7200.

Brashares, J.S., Abrahms, B., Hojnowski, C., Marsh, R., McCauley, D., Nuñez, T., Seto, K., Withey, L. 2014. Wildlife declines and social conflict. Science, 345: 376-378.

Nuñez, T. A., J. J. Lawler, B. H. McRae, D. J. Pierce, M. B. Krosby, D.M. Kavanagh, P.H. Singleton, and J.J. Tewksbury. 2013. Connectivity planning to address climate change. Conservation Biology, 27(2): 407-416.

Kavanagh, D.M., T.A. Nuñez, and B.H. McRae. 2012. Climate Linkage Mapper Connectivity Analysis Software. Adze Informatics, Seattle WA.

Schloss, C. A., Nuñez, T. A. & Lawler, J. J. 2012. Dispersal will limit ability of mammals to track climate change in Western Hemisphere. Proc. Natl Acad. Sci. USA, 109: 8606-8611.