Caitlin C. Mothes

Ph.D. Candidate

University of Miami

I am a PhD Candidate at the University of Miami in the Department of Biology working in the Christopher Searcy Lab. My research investigates how environmental factors influence the spatial structure of species, integrating ecological niche modeling and genetic techniques to study pressing issues for biodiversity and develop new tools for habitat connectivity planning. I also lead multiple projects related to imperiled species policy, recently published in Conservation Biology and Conservation Letters. I have worked towards developing a broad skill set in geospatial analysis and data science which I use to analyze ecological data and develop tools to make important insights and contributions to biodiversity conservation. My work spans a broad range of species and systems, with the overarching goal of applying my research to conservation management decisions and policy action to best protect species and preserve natural ecosystems.


  • Conservation
  • Spatial Ecology
  • Connectivity Planning
  • Imperiled Species Policy
  • Data Science


  • Ph.D. in Biology, 2016 - Current

    University of Miami

  • Certificate in Geospatial Technology, 2018

    University of Miami

  • B.S. Zoology, 2012-2016

    North Carolina State University

  • B.S. Conservation Biology, 2012-2016

    North Carolina State University