- Ph.D. Candidate
Nikki Roach is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Wildlife and Fisheries Science Department at Texas A&M University under Dr. Lacher. She works to address urgent conservation issues as they relate to biodiversity and conservation planning. She obtained her MS from Clemson University in May 2015, where she studied the effects of sea level rise on marsh bird vulnerability. Her primary research interests focus on the impacts of anthropogenic disturbances (climate change, land-use change) on wildlife communities, landscape ecology, and human-wildlife interactions. Nikki’s dissertation research is an evaluation of the interacting effects of land-use and climate change on threatened amphibians in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta in Colombia, with a special emphasis on the relation between coffee agroforestry and biodiversity, especially water quality issues. She also has a strong interest in science policy and communications and videography.