Stephanie Romañach completed her MA and then PhD (2003) in Ecology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She had previously earned a BS in Zoology from the University of Florida in 1998. Stephanie is a Research Ecologist at the USGS Southeast Ecological Science Center. She uses a combination of field observations and predictive ecological models to explore the impacts of climate change and ecosystem restoration on wildlife. The results of her work are used in the Everglades restoration decision making process. Before joining USGS, Stephanie’s research focused on getting science used in natural resource decision making through projects such as endangered African wild dog conservation and ecology, bushmeat trade and rural livelihoods, the role of trophy hunting in wildlife conservation, and large carnivore (lion and hyena) population dynamics.