Christina Aiello

Postdoctoral fellow
christina.aiello [at]

Nash Hall

Nash Hall 044

2820 SW Campus Way

2820 SW Campus Way
Corvallis, OR 97331

I conduct diverse research related to applied ecology, wildlife conservation, and human impacts on ecological processes - with a focus on wildlife of the southwestern U.S. My past and current projects explore how inherent patterns in wildlife movement and behavior interact with the effects of external disturbance to shape population connectivity and infectious disease epidemiology. At OSU I’m working with Dr. Clinton Epps to assess & identify ways to improve desert bighorn sheep metapopulation connectivity in the face of human-caused habitat fragmentation.

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I grew up in the Southside of Chicago and perhaps because of my urban surroundings, became drawn to wide open spaces and natural places. After getting my BSc at Elmhurst College, I headed west to conduct a variety of field work on wildlife research and monitoring projects. It was my time with the USGS in Nevada working on desert tortoise research that solidified my love of desert ecosystems. I've since focused my career on conducting applied research focused on Mojave Desert wildlife, first as a Phd student at Penn State University, and now as a Postdoctoral Fellow for the National Park Foundation and OSU.