2010 Bullitt Environmental Fellowship Winner
Tracy Fuentes, a student in the Interdisciplinary PhD program in Urban Design and Planning at the University of Washington, will explore how land use and land use changes affect plants at the local, watershed, and regional scales.
Fuentes is a second year student in the Interdisciplinary PhD program
in Urban Design and Planning at the University of Washington. A third
generation Mexican-American, Tracy is the first person in her family to
She has a B.S. in Botany from the University of Washington and an M.S. in Plant Biology from Arizona State University. Tracy’s master’s research focused on understanding the role that fire and a fungal disease play in the population dynamics of longsepal globemallow (Iliamna longisepala), a rare plant found only in two counties in eastern Washington State.
Her doctoral research will explore how land use and land use changes affect plants at the local, watershed, and regional scales. Many ecology and natural resource programs do not include specific considerations of people and land use in habitat restoration or species conservation. She plans to work with tribes, land managers, and plant resource professionals throughout the Puget Sound, but will have a specific focus on land use change, priority habitats, and plants in the Snohomish River Basin.
Developing more integrated conservation tools and techniques will allow botanists, weed managers, and other plant resource professionals to more effectively protect and restore habitats. This will include linking field observations to remotely sensed data, identifying land use patterns that most affect vulnerable plant species and communities, and assessing how people directly and indirectly spread invasive plants.