Eisenberg, Cristina

Position Type: 
Job Title: 
Courtesy Faculty; Chief Scientist, Earthwatch Institute
Forest Ecosystems & Society
Phone Number: 
(406) 270-5153
2012 - PhD in Forestry and Wildlife, Oregon State University, College of Forestry, Department of Forest Resources
2006 - MA in Conservation Biology and Environmental Writing, Prescott College, Prescott, Arizona
1989 - BFA in painting, California State University, Long Beach
Research Interests: 
  • Landscape Ecology
  • Wildlife Ecology
Elk, Fire, and Wolf Ecology in Aspen and Grassland Communities in Waterton Lakes National Park: A Multi-Trophic Level Landscape-Scale Study; Trophic Cascades Involving Humans, Keystone Predators, Elk, and Aspen in North-Central Colorado; Trophic Cascades Involving Humans, Wolves, Elk and Aspen in the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem; Southwest Alberta Montane Research Program
Selected Publications: 
  1. Eisenberg, C. 2016. “Conserving Biological Diversity,” in J. F. Franklin, K. N. Johnson, and D. Johnson, eds., Ecological Forest Management. Chicago: Waveland Press.
  2. Eisenberg, C. [in preparation] Taking the Heat: Wildlife, Food Webs, and Extinction in a Warming World (Washington, DC: Island Press).
  3. Eisenberg, C., D. E. Hibbs, P. Doescher, and W. J. Ripple. [in preparation] Aspen response to top-down (wolf) and bottom-up (fire) effects. Canadian Journal of Forest Research.
  4. Eisenberg, C., C. Edson, and D. Honnold [in preparation] Transboundary Conservation of Large Carnivores in Western North America: Science and Public Policy. Conservation Biology.
  5. Chandler, M., S. Rullman, J. Cousins, N. Esmail, E. Begin, G. Venicx, C. Eisenberg, and M. Studer. [in review]. 2016. Ecological and social outcomes from 7 years of citizen science evaluation: An Earthwatch case study. Biological Conservation.
  6. Kirkland, Maire, C. Eisenberg, J. Axmacher, and R. Bodmer [in preparation]. Sustainable wildlife extraction by the Kukama-Kukamilla people of the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve, Peru. Biological Conservation.
  7. Boukili, V. K. S., D. P. Bebber, T. Mortimer, G. Venicx, D. Lefcourt, M. Chandler, and C. Eisenberg [in preparation]. Testing the assumptions of an urban forest ecosystem services model with direct measurements of tree growth.
  8. Eisenberg, C. [in preparation] Conserving biological diversity. In K. N. Johnson, J. F. Franklin, and D. Johnson, eds. Forest Management: an Ecological Forestry Approach (Chicago: Waveland Press).Magazine Articles:Eisenberg, C. July 2014. Corridor Ecology: Carnivore Migration Patterns. Utne Reader.
  9. Eisenberg, C., D. E. Hibbs, and W. J. Ripple. 2015. Effects of predation risk on elk landscape use in a wolf-dominated system. Canadian Journal of Zoology 93:99-111.
  10. Beschta, R. L., C. Eisenberg, J. Laundre, W. J. Ripple, and T. J. Rooney. 2014. Predation risk, elk, and aspen: tests of a behaviorally mediated trophic cascade in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem: Comment. Ecology 95(5):2669-2679.
  11. Eisenberg, C., D. E. Hibbs, W. J. Ripple, and H. Salwasser. 2014. Context dependence of elk vigilance and wolf predation risk. Canadian Journal of Zoology 92:727-736.
  12. Eisenberg, C., The Carnivore Way, Coexisting with and Conserving America’s Predators. Washington, DC: Island Press, 2014.
  13. Eisenberg, C., S. T. Seager, and D. E. Hibbs. 2013. Wolf, elk, and aspen food web relationships: Context and complexity. Forest Ecology and Management 299:70-80.
  14. Eisenberg, C., "Quantifying Wildness." in P. Hasbach, and P. Hahn, Eds., Rediscovery of the Wild. Massachusetts: Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press, 2013.
  15. Seager, S. T., C. Eisenberg, and S. B. St. Clair. 2013. Patterns and consequences of ungulate herbivory on aspen in western North America. Forest Ecology and Management 299:81-90.
  16. Rogers, P., C. Eisenberg, and S. B. St. Clair. 2013. Resilience in quaking aspen: Recent advances and future needs. Forest Ecology and Management 299:1-5.
  17. Eisenberg, C. 2012. Complexity of Food Web Interactions in a Large Mammal System (Corvallis, OR: Oregon State University), 238 pp.
  18. Eisenberg, C., "Lessons from 763," in T. Fleischner, ed., The Way of Natural History. San Antonio: Trinity University Press, 2011.
  19. Eisenberg, C., The Wolf’s Tooth: Keystone Predators, Trophic Cascades, and Biodiversity. April 2010. Washington, DC: Island Press, 248 p. more info