Areas of Expertise (8)
Invasive Plant Species
Invasive Plant Issue
Climate Change Adaptation
An expert on the interactions between invasive species, land use and climate change, Bethany Bradley has commented for national and international media including The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times and PBS.
In her work at the Northeast Climate Science Center and UMass Amherst Department of Environmental Conservation, she seeks to improve forecasting of future changes to ecosystems, particularly risks of non-native plant invasions, using tools from biogeography and landscape ecology. Her research has implications for invasion ecology, natural resource management and biological conservation.
Brown University: Ph.D., Geological Sciences
Pomona College: B,A,, Geology
Brown University: M.A., Geological Sciences
Press Coverage (2)
California Cities Turn To Hired Hooves To Help Prevent Massive Wildfires
A recent study from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, found that grasses are increasing the frequency of wildfires because of how easily they burn. "If you throw a bunch of matches into a forest, some small percentage of them might actually start a fire, but if you throw a bunch of matches into a big hay pile," says Bethany Bradley, professor of environmental conservation at UMass Amherst, and co-author of the study. "There's a good chance that many of those will catch fire."
Alien grasses are making wildfires more frequent in the U.S., study finds
Los Angeles Times print
For much of the United States, invasive grass species are making wildfires more frequent, especially in fire-prone California, a new study finds. Twelve non-native species act as “little arsonist grasses,” said study co-author Bethany Bradley, a University of Massachusetts professor of environmental conservation.
Disentangling the abundance–impact relationship for invasive speciesProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Bethany A. Bradley et al
To predict the threat of biological invasions to native species, it is critical that we understand how increasing abundance of invasive alien species affects native populations and communities.