Stacy Lynn, Ph.D.

Stacy Lynn, Ph.D.

Dr. Lynn is a Research Scientist at the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory and has been working in Africa since 1994.  Dr. Lynn received her first degree in Elementary education from Penn State University which led to several years of teaching in the Baltimore City School District before she joined the Peace Corps as a teacher trainer in the town of Otjiwarongo, Namibia. During her Peace Corps tenure she founded the Earthwise Environmental Club for primary and secondary students, and worked extensively with the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF). At CCF she worked on issues related to cheetah conservation and local people in the Namibian drylands, and helped to develop the CCF education program. 

Dr. Lynn received both her MSc (Rangeland Ecosystem Science) and PhD (Ecology) at Colorado State University where she studied the impacts of conservation policy and ecology on Maasai pastoralists, as well as the impacts of cultivation for both Maasai pastoral livelihoods and wildlife movement at multiple scales in northern Tanzania. She has current and pending research projects in Kenya, Tanzania and the US related to local people, wildlife conservation, risk perception, traditional ecological knowledge, fire, environmental governance, participatory mapping, landscape ecology, and the development of tools for mobile devices to collect social and ecological research data. Some of her specializations are in interdisciplinary approaches to research, participatory research methods, science education, systems thinking, and situation assessment. She has worked with a very diverse team of scientists in the social and ecological sciences who practice in the drylands of East Africa and beyond. These diverse influences have strongly shaped her specialization in taking a broad systems approach to social-ecological research related to conservation and livelihoods in East African dryland systems.  Her interest is in investigating complex, applied, social-ecological questions that have real implications on the ground for both people and conservation using a combination of ecological and social science methods to perform integrated and community-based collaborative research. 

Selected Publications:

Lynn, S.J. (2010). Crisis Aversion in an Uncertain World: Cultivation by East African Pastoralists. In Tipping Points in Humanitarian Crisis: From Hot Spots to Hot Systems, Xiaomeng Shen, Thomas E. Downing and Mohamed Hamza (eds.). Download PDF

Curriculum Vitae