Aviva Rossi

MS, Environmental Management, University of San Francisco, 2002
BA, Psychobiology (emphasis Behavioral Ecology), University of California, Santa Cruz, 2000

Research Interests

  • Aviva is working in the Sierra Nevada, California with three high-elevation ground-dwelling squirrels - Yellow-bellied Marmots (Marmota flaviventris​), Belding’s Ground Squirrel (Urocitellus beldingi​), and Golden-Mantled Ground Squirrels (Callospermophilus lateralis​). She is developing habitat associations for these squirrels, and modeling predicted changes to those species' ranges resulting from climate change. Warming temperatures and changing precipitation patterns in the Sierra Nevada will lead to changes the distribution of habitat these species depend on. This changing habitat and environmental conditions will likely result in species occurring in different location in the future than where they are now. It is important for management and conservation of these systems to have an estimate of where these high-elevation species can exist in the future.

Area of Emphasis

  • Integrative Ecology

Major Professor

  • D. Van Vuren

Current Degree

  • PhD


  • Wildlife, Fish, & Conservation Biology