Joanna (Jodi) Whittier

Joanna Whittier headshot in front of a waterfall


Assistant Research Professor

School of Natural Resources

Research at a glance

Area(s) of Expertise

Research Summary

I study how biotic communities respond to anthropogenic disturbances and natural conditions in an effort to better understand how to manage ecosystems for the persistence and health of fish and wildlife. For about 20 years, my research has been focused on community assessments across large landscapes, although I have also worked on individual species. Typically, I work in collaboration with other researchers to address local, regional, and national research needs of land managers by leveraging existing datasets.

Whittier focuses on applied research typically at landscape scales to assess habitat condition and the association between condition and community composition. She works collaboratively with stakeholders from across the U.S. to identify conservation opportunities based on current and future conditions.

Educational background

  • Ph.D., Wildlife and Fisheries Ecology, Oklahoma State University