Sophie Parker is a Senior Scientist working out of the Los Angeles office of The Nature Conservancy. She has provided scientific leadership and support on Conservancy projects and initiatives in California since 2008. Some of her current endeavors include leading the science team for the Conservancy’s California Deserts Renewable Energy Initiative, providing science review and leadership for restoration projects along the Santa Clara River and at Ormond Beach in Ventura County, and forging new planning methods for urban conservation in Greater Los Angeles. Along with this, she serves as a member of the La Kretz Center’s Science Advisory Committee. Sophie has a research background in soil and ecosystem ecology with emphases in grasslands, nitrogen cycling, and invasive species biology. She has a B.A. in Biological Sciences from Wellesley College, and a Ph.D. from the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology at the University of California Santa Barbara.



Local adaptation to urban stressors in native plants

Restoration of coastal sage scrub communities is important for the conservation of native biodiversity in urban areas of Southern California. A key species of coastal sage scrub, California buckwheat (Eriogonum…