Graduate Faculty, Oregon State University, College of Forestry
Cristina is a community ecologist and author who has spent a decade and a half studying fire, wolves, bison, and their effects on whole ecosystems including native grasslands. She is Latina and Native American and holds a PhD in Forestry and Wildlife from Oregon State University and an MA in Conservation Biology from Prescott College. She is currently studying how rewilding the earth using Traditional Ecological Knowledge benefits whole ecosystems globally. In North America her work focuses on restoring wolves, fire, and bison—three keystone forces of nature. She is graduate faculty at Oregon State University in the College of Forestry. A Smithsonian Research Associate and Boone and Crockett Club professional member, she serves on the board of the Ecological Society of America and of the Society for Ecological Restoration, where she chairs the Traditional Ecological Knowledge Working Group. She is a Trustee at Prescott College. Her books for Island Press include The Carnivore Way and The Wolf’s Tooth. She has authored a variety of journal articles and book chapters and is currently at work on a book about climate change and wildlife and another on bison repatriation.