I investigate how past and current environmental perturbations like climate change, fires, and the introduction of non-native species have influenced animal and plant population dynamics. My work is conducted on a variety of empirical systems, including insects, frogs, and plants. My passion for conserving biodiversity has motivated me to combine elements of basic and applied research in my research program.

My current research focuses on developing models for the prediction of life cycle events and climate suitability of invasive insect species that could damage US agricultural and natural resources. My previous research has focused on 1) combining and analyzing remote sensing and ecological data sets to measure patterns and drivers of vegetation change through time; and 2) characterizing and identifying the types and sources of  genetic variation that shape the movement and demographics of plant and animal populations.

I am currently a Research Associate with the Integrated Plant Protection Center in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University. Previously, I worked as an Ecologist with the USGS Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center in Boise, Idaho, and I completed a PERT postdoctoral research fellowship in the Dlugosch Lab in the Ecology and Evolutionary Department at the University of Arizona. 

Contact Info:
Integrated Plant Protection Center
Oregon State University
2036 Cordley Hall
Corvallis, OR  97331
E-mail: brittany.barker@oregonstate.edu