Johanna Varner is one of five ESA 2014 Graduate Student Policy Award (GSPA) winners. A Ph.D. student at the University of Utah, she studies pika behavioral responses to disturbances caused by climate change and wildfire. In the podcast, Johanna discusses her meetings with policymakers on Capitol Hill and elaborates on the various ecosystem services pikas provide.
For more on pikas, see the accompanying post on ESA’s blog, EcoTone.
This is the third in a series of episodes featuring graduate students recognized by ESA in 2014 for their work at the interface of science and society. For more information on the GSPA, click here.