Nancy Golubiewski is an ecosystem ecologist with expertise in assessing how anthropogenic perturbations affect the environment— particularly vegetation communities, soil, and ecosystem services. Her work focuses on the alterations brought about by land-use /land-cover change to landscape structure and function, plant community composition and structure, and carbon pools in soil and vegetation. From a systems perspective, she pursues unraveling interconnections in order to understand ecological integrity.
She is passionate about land-change science. Through much of her scientific research, she has investigated the ecological implications of land-use change. Projects have included ecosystem services in New Zealand, shifts in carbon pools due to urban sprawl in Colorado; forest regrowth after agricultural abandonment in North Carolina; and recovery of soil carbon and nitrogen after the cessation of grazing in New Mexico. Her ecological background encompasses research and studies in terrestrial community ecology, ecosystem ecology, and climate change, using a variety of tools, including lab analyses of vegetative and soil samples; GIS and remote sensing; and an assortment of statistical techniques. She works at a variety of scales, from field studies to regional analyses. In addition, her interest in global change propels her towards transdisciplinary interests of socio-ecological systems, with a habit of working on interdisciplinary teams.
In addition to the EoE, her research has been published in various peer-reviewed journals such as Science, Global Change Biology, Ecological Applications, Urban Ecosystems, and Journal of Environmental Management.
She holds a B.Sc. from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, a Master's of Environmental Management from Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment, and a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Colorado-Boulder. She currently resides in New Zealand (Aotearoa).