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Ellie Linden

Advisor: Chad Rittenhouse


Ellie’s research interests are in the conservation of biodiversity within broad-scale landscapes, and specifically maintaining ecosystem connectivity. Protected area networks often face challenges between balancing the livelihoods of surrounding human populations and maintaining natural, continuous systems. Ellie is passionate about refining management practices to maintain the natural distribution of metapopulations and minimize human interferences.

The landscape within the Kruger to Canyons Biosphere Reserve in South Africa contains a unique arrangement of protected areas, including Kruger National Park and many privately managed reserves. In 1993, the private reserves adjacent to Kruger’s western boundary removed their fences to re-connect the ecosystem. Additional reserves have the potential to remove their fences, thereby joining the “Greater Kruger Ecosystem.”

Ellie’s research aims to detect changes in vegetation dynamics from 1985 to 2015 across the reserves using remote sensing. She hopes that her findings will assist wildlife managers in future conservation planning decisions in the region.








Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation Center
Department of Natural Resources and the Environment
University of Connecticut
1376 Storrs Road, Unit 4087