Cristina Eisenberg – Ecologist, Author


I am an ecologist and author. As an Indigenous woman a primary focus of my work is to empower native people globally to use Traditional Ecological Knowledge to restore nature and create a more sustainable and resilient Earth. In my ecological research I focus on wolves, bison, and fire in Rocky Mountain ecosystems, including grasslands. I have a master’s degree in conservation biology from Prescott College, a PhD in Forestry and Wildlife from Oregon State University, where in 2019 I was given an Outstanding Alumna award. I am a Smithsonian Research Associate, a member of the Society for Ecological Restoration Board of Directors, serve on the Board of Trustees at Prescott College, on the editorial board of Oregon State University Press, and am a Boone and Crockett Club professional member, and a Black Earth Institute Scholar/Advisor. I am the former Chief Scientist at Earthwatch Institute. I have had two books published by Island Press, The Wolf’s Tooth (2010) and The Carnivore Way (2014). I am currently writing a book about climate change, Taking the Heat: Wildlife, Food Webs and Extinction in a Warming World, to be published by Island Press, and on a second book for Oregon State University Press, Bison Homecoming: Repatriating and Icon, Rewilding the American West. For the past 25 years I’ve lived with my family in a remote, wild corner of northwest Montana, and also have a home in Concord, Massachusetts, near Walden Pond.


Articles and Blog about my current work, travel and updates to the scientific research about climate change and trophic cascades. 

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Cristina Eisenberg's two published books, The Carnivoire Way and The Wolf’s Tooth. Current and past published writings, scientific papers, journal collaborations and white papers.

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For the past decade I have been studying food web relationships between apex predators and their prey. The direct and indirect food web effects driven by apex predators, called trophic cascades, can touch many other species. 

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