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EDUCATION
  • Ph.D. (expected 2020)
    Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley
    Advisor: David Ackerly
    NSF Graduate Research Fellow
    Berkeley Fellow
    NSF NRT Data Science Fellow

  • B.A. (2005)
    Conservation Biology & Environmental Studies, Middlebury College

EMPLOYMENT
  • Consultant in Global Change Biology, NatureServe (2015-present)
  • Bioclimate Analyst, NatureServe (2013-2015)
  • Science Analyst, Brighter Planet (2008-2013)
  • Supervisory Biologist, Institute for Wildlife Studies (2007-2008)
  • Canid Ecology Crew Leader, Yellowstone Ecological Research Center (2005-2006)
  • Plant Ecology Technician, US Geological Survey (2005)
  • Ungulate Ecology Technician, National Park Service (2005)
  • Environmental Intern, Administracion Ambiental Cooperativa Chilena (2004)
  • Research Assistant, USDA National Wildlife Research Center (2002)
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (2015-2020; $102,000 + tuition)
  • Berkeley Fellowship (2015-2020; $60,000 + tuition)
  • NSF National Research Trainee (Data Science for the 21st Century program)
  • USGS-NatureServe EcoInforma student app award (2015; $2000 travel)
  • EPA Apps for the Environment (2011; National runner-up)
  • Departmental High Honors & Magna Cum Laude, Middlebury College (2005)
JOURNAL ARTICLES
  • Stevens, J., M. Kling, D. Schwilk, M. Varner, and J. Kane. Biogeography of fire regimes in western US conifer forests: a trait-based approach. In review.
  • Comer, P., J. Hak, M. Reid, S. Auer, K. Schulz, H. Hamilton, R. Smyth, and M. Kling. Assessing climate change vulnerability of major vegetation types of the western interior United States. In review.
  • Daru, B., M. Kling, E. Meineke, and A. van Wyk. (2019) Temperature controls phenology in continuously flowering Protea species of subtropical Africa. Applications in Plant Sciences. [journal]
  • Kling, M., B. Mishler, B. Baldwin, A. Thornhill, and D. Ackerly (2018). Facets of phylodiversity: evolutionary diversification, divergence, and survival as conservation targets. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 374: 20170397. [journal, pdf]
  • Morueta-Holme, N., M. Oldfather, R. Olliff-Yang, A. Weitz, C. Levine, M. Kling, E. Riordan, C. Merow, S. Sheth, A. Thornhill, and D. Ackerly (2018). Best practices for reporting climate data in ecology. Nature Climate Change 8: 92-94. [journal, pdf]
  • Thornhill, A., B. Baldwin, W. Freyman, S. Nosratinia, M. Kling, N. Morueta-Holme, T. Madsen, D. Ackerly, and B. Mishler (2017). Spatial phylogenetics of the native California flora. BCM Biology 15(1): 96. [journal, pdf]
  • Hammerson, G., M. Kling, M. Harkness, M. Ormes, and B. Young (2017). Strong geographic and temporal patterns in the conservation status of North American bats. Biological Conservation 212: 144-152. [journal, pdf]
  • Baldwin, B., A. Thornhill, W. Freyman, D. Ackerly, M. Kling, N. Morueta-Holme, and B. Mishler (2017). Species richness and endemism in the native flora of California. American Journal of Botany, 104(3): 487–501. [journal, pdf]
  • Sterner, R., M. Kling, S. Schwiff, and D. Slate (2003). Oral rabies vaccination: reducing economic uncertainty via response surface analysis. Proceedings of the 10th Wildlife Damage Management Conference (K. Fagerstone, G. Witmer, Eds).
TALKS & POSTERS
  • Meineke, E., Kling, M., Park, D., Willis, C., Davis, C., and Davies, T. (2019, Jan). Spatiotemporal links between phenology and herbivory of blueberries across the eastern US. Invited symposium talk presented at International Biogeography Society Meeting, Malaga, Spain.
  • Kling, M., B. Mishler, B. Baldwin, A. Thornhill, and D. Ackerly (2018, Sep). Future conservation priorities for the California flora: weighing alternative dimensions of evolutionary diversity. Talk presented at Botany Lunch seminar series, Berkeley, California.
  • Ackerly, D., M. Kling, M. Oldfather, and P. Papper (2018, Aug). Will plant communities change more quickly in refugia? A biogeographic and landscape perspective. Talk presented at Ecological Society of America, New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • Kling, M., B. Mishler, B. Baldwin, A. Thornhill, and D. Ackerly (2018, Jul). Conserving the evolutionary diversity of the California flora. Talk presented at North American Congress for Conservation Biology, Toronto, Canada.
  • Kling, M., B. Mishler, B. Baldwin, A. Thornhill, and D. Ackerly (2018, Jun). Future priorities for conserving the evolutionary diversity of the California flora. Talk presented at the Digital Data in Biodiversity Research Conference, Berkeley, CA.
  • Ackerly, D., M. Kling, M. Oldfather, and P. Papper (2018, Mar). Dispersal limitation will constrain community change more in hot and dry landscape locations: an analysis of California woodlands. Talk presented at International Biogeography Society, Evora, Portugal.
  • Kling, M. (2016, Dec). Multidecadal historic trends in California’s coastal fog. Poster presented at American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA. [pdf]
  • Auer, S., M. Kling, H. Hamilton, P. Comer, and R. Smyth (2016, Oct). Ecological forecasting: understanding climate change exposure and vegetation transitions. Talk presented at Natural Areas Conference, Davis, CA.
  • Gross, J., J. Morisette, M. Kling, M. Fernandez, and H. Hamilton (2016, Sept). Effective climate data visualizations for adaptation. Poster presented at IUCN World Conservation Congress, Honolulu, HI.
  • Kling, M., E. Burns, P. Cowan, and H. Hamilton (2016, Sept). The coast redwood climate envelope: 20th-century trends across space and time. Talk presented at Coast Redwood Science Symposium, Eureka, CA.
  • Stevens, J., and M. Kling (2016, Aug). The biogeography of fire regimes: a trait-based approach. Talk presented at Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, Fort Lauderdale, FL.
  • Thornhill, A., B. Baldwin, W. Freyman, S. Nosratinia, N. Morueta-Holme, M. Kling, D. Baxter, T. Madsen, D. Ackerly, and B. Mishler (2016, Aug). Hotspots of phylogenetic richness and endemism in the California flora. Talk presented at the Botany Conference, Savannah, GA.
  • Mishler, B., A. Thornhill, M. Kling, W. Freyman, D. Ackerly, and B. Baldwin (2016, Aug). Patterns of beta-diversity in the California vascular flora, comparing species-based and phylogenetic turnover measures. Talk presented at the Botany Conference, Savannah, GA.
  • Hamilton, H., P. Comer, S. Auer, and M. Kling (2016, Jul). Current trends in climate exposure for sagebrush ecosystems in the western U.S. Talk presented at North American Congress for Conservation Biology, Madison, WI.
  • Hamilton, H., S. Auer, M. Kling, and P. Comer (2015, Nov). Influence of recent climate change exposure on Great Basin pinyon-juniper woodland and landscape vulnerability. Talk presented at Society of American Foresters Annual Meeting, Baton Rouge, LA.
  • Kling, M., M. Fernandez, and H. Hamilton (2014, Jul). Spatiotemporal patterns in greater sage-grouse exposure to recent climate change. Talk presented at Society for Conservation GIS Conference, Monterey, CA.
  • Kling, M., M. Fernandez, and H. Hamilton (2014, Jun). The biogeography of recent climate change in coast redwood ecosystems. Poster presented at Smithsonian Botanical Symposium, Washington, DC.
GRAY LITERATURE
  • EcoAdapt (2014, multiple authors). A Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment for Resources of Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests. Version 3.0. EcoAdapt, Bainbridge Island, WA.
  • Bureau of Land Management (2014, multiple authors). Madrean Archipeligo Rapid Ecoloregional Assessment. US BLM, Washington, DC.
  • Kling, M. and I. Hough (2012). Hotel carbon and energy efficiency: chain rankings, industry trends, efficiency drivers, market patterns. Brighter Planet, Inc. White paper, 21 pages.
  • Kling, M. and I. Hough (2011). Air travel carbon and energy efficiency: case studies, best practices, industry trends, airline rankings. Brighter Planet, Inc. White paper, 25 pages, presented at the 2012 Conference of the Institute for Computational Sustainability, Copenhagen, Denmark. [pdf]
  • Kling, M. and I. Hough (2011). Employee Engagement in Sustainability. Brighter Planet, Inc. White paper, 38 pages.
  • Kling, M. and I. Hough (2010). The American carbon foodprint: understanding your food’s impact on climate change. Brighter Planet, Inc. White paper, 19 pages. [pdf]
  • Kling, M. (2003). The ecophysiology of alpine treeline: spatial patterns in balsam fir (Abies balsamea) growth and water relations on Mount Abraham, Vermont. Senior thesis presented for departmental high honors, Conservation Biology/Environmental Studies, Middlebury College.
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
  • Ecological Society of America
  • International Biogeography Society
  • American Geophysical Union
  • Society for Conservation Biology
  • Society for Conservation GIS
PEER REVIEWER
  • Global Change Biology
  • Global Ecology & Biogeography
  • Heredity
  • Journal of Biogeography
  • PeerJ
  • PLOS ONE
  • PNAS