Dr. Emily A. Kalnicky

Dr. Emily A. Kalnicky
is director of science education and research. Dr. Kalnicky oversees all science education programs at Phipps; conducts original research while participating in collaborative research with universities and other organizations; oversees the Botany in Action research program; and is building cutting-edge programming focused on using botanic gardens and other informal learning venues as platforms for imparting knowledge and inspiring behavior change, among other tasks.

Dr. Kalnicky’s interest, experience, and passion in science education and research began more than 15 years ago as a volunteer at the Henry Vilas Zoo in Madison, WI. She holds a doctorate in ecology from Utah State University, a master’s in natural resources and environmental sciences from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and bachelor of science degrees in zoology, psychology and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Kalnicky is an ecologist interested in social-ecological systems, with an emphasis on urban and tropical ecosystems.  Specifically, she is interested in the causes and consequences of human behavior on sustainability and environmental health and the role of connection with nature for long-term behavioral change.  She is interested in informal education programming as a tool to increase public understanding and participation in science and research.  Kalnicky’s research experience spans conservation biology, invasion ecology, conservation psychology, ethology, novel ecosystems, and environmental psychology.  Kalnicky has experience teaching youth and adults in the US and abroad, including English language learners, underrepresented youth, undergraduate and graduate courses in Biology and Conservation science, and environmental education in informal settings. She is the recipient of several research grants, awards and scholarships from the universities she attended to support her work and she has published her work in several peer-reviewed scientific journals.  She is an experienced public speaker and has presented her research to a variety of scientific and non-scientific audiences.

PUBLICATIONS (IN PRINT) *Name changed from Emily A. Price to Emily A. Kalnicky

Kalnicky, E. A., Brunson, M. W., and Beard, K. H.  (in press).  A social-ecological systems approach to non-native species: Habituation and its impact on management of coqui frogs in Hawaii.  Manuscript accepted by Biological Conservation.

Kalnicky, E. A., Beard, K. H., and Brunson, M. W.  (2013).  Community-level response to habitat structure manipulations:  An experimental case study in a tropical ecosystem.  Forest Ecology and Management, 307(1), 313-321.

*Price, E. A., Vining, J., and Saunders, C. D.  (2009). Intrinsic and extrinsic rewards in a non-formal environmental education program.  Journal of Zoo Biology, 28: 361-376.

Beard, K. H., *Price, E. A., and Pitt, W. C. (2009). Biology and Impacts of Pacific Island Invasive Species:  5.  Eleutherodactylus coqui, the Coqui frog (Anura:  Leptodactylidae). Pacific Science 63: 297-316.

Brunson, M., and *Price, E. A.  (2009). Information use and delivery preferences among  small-acreage owners in areas of rapid exurban population growth, Journal of Extension, 47(5) Article 5FEA4. [Available online at http://www.joe.org/joe/2009october/a4.php%5D.

Head, M. L., *Price, E. A., Boughman, J. W.  (2009)  Body size differences do not arise from divergent mate preferences in a species pair of threespine stickleback, Biology Letters, 5(4): 517-520.

Vining, J., Merrick, M., and *Price, E. A.  (2008). The distinction between humans and nature: Human perceptions of connectedness to nature and elements of the natural and unnatural. Human Ecology Review, 15(1), 1-11.

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