Emma Spence

Emma Spence

Wildlife Corridor Field Lab Manager

As Wildlife Corridor Conservation Field and Lab Manager at the Center, Emma’s goal is to determine what corridor width and how much freedom from human disturbance is needed for a corridor to be successful. The project aims to fill in knowledge gaps in corridor planning, as most of what is known about the effectiveness of corridors comes from about 80 experiments on “model systems” that do not resemble the types of corridors envisioned by real-world conservation efforts. This mega-project will study approximately 20 landscapes on four continents, utilizing gene flow to study the long-term success (or failure) of corridors.

During her time at Bowling Green State University, Emma studied the impacts of anthropogenic factors on Sage-grouse populations in Wyoming, while also managing a genetics lab on campus. During her studies, she traveled to Africa, India, and Germany to conduct field work on a host of different conservation projects. In 2017, she started working as a research assistant in a conservation Genetics lab at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IL, studying how well institutions are safeguarding genetic diversity of plant species.

In her free time, Emma enjoys baking, eating those baked goods, and then burning off the extra calories by hiking.


  • M.S. in Applied Geospatial Science, Bowling Green State University
  • B.S. in Environmental & Geospatial Science, Bowling Green State University

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