Lindsey graduated with a Masters in Environmental Management from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment in 2009. There she focused on the application of remote sensing techniques (Light Detection and Ranging) to evaluate wildlife habitat in the coastal plain of North Carolina. Upon graduation, she began work as a vegetation ecologist/spatial analyst at NatureServe, a non-profit conservation organization where she performed field vegetation assessments and geospatial analyses for federal, state, and other non-profit organizations. After NatureServe, she began work as a project manager for the Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership and collaborated with organizations around the region to protect and restore the natural resources of the Albemarle-Pamlico watershed. She began her studies as a PhD student in the Center for Geospatial Analytics and the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources at North Carolina State University in 2014.
As a landscape ecologist interested in socio-ecological systems (SES) research, Lindsey combines her knowledge of ecological processes with information on human decision-making to better understand adaptive capacity and resilience in complex SES systems. She employs geospatial modeling and spatial statistics to better understand the multi-faceted and multi-scalar dynamics of human-environment interactions and their consequences on ecosystem health, social vulnerability, and the provision of ecosystem services. Her research focuses on the explicit integration of social science methodologies and ecological processes into agent-based models of land-use and land cover change. She uses these computational models to explore ecosystem services trade-offs under alternate future scenarios of land-use management activities and sea level rise adaptation strategies.