Dr. Carol Campbell

Associate Professor

Portrait of Dr. Campbell

Carol Campbell is a first-generation college graduate. She grew up in Ohio, youngest of four. Her interest in the natural environment was developed over many family excursions, exploring the open landscapes and woods in the local area, as well as many summer vacations to National Parks. Following a move to California, she took a summer job in Yosemite National Park. It was here that she developed an interest in conserving the natural environment. She earned a BS in Wildlife from Humboldt State University (1998), with an emphasis in Ornithology. Following 2 seasons of field work with the USFS monitoring avian productivity (climbing trees and birding in the Sierra Nevada), she pursued a Master of Applied Geography from New Mexico State University (2002). This was complimented by Southwestern Willow Flycatcher surveys and habitat mapping along the Gila River for the BLM. Next, a PhD program at the University of California Los Angeles (2005) took her back to Yosemite where she repeated historical surveys of avian biodiversity that were originally conducted by the father of niche theory; Joseph Grinnell (MVZ-1914-1924) along an elevation gradient across the Sierra. Her research interests have expanded and now include avian ecology, habitat and Niche theory, sustainability, National Parks, human relationships with the natural environment, biogeography and ecology. 

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Research Interests

Avian ecology, biogeography and ecology, GIS, sustainability, National Parks, human relationships with the natural environment


B.S. Wildlife, Humboldt State University, 1998
M.A.G. Geography, New Mexico State University, 2002
Ph.D. Geography, University of California, Los Angeles, 2005

Courses Taught

GEOG 120, Culture and Environment (Syllabus)
GEOG 326, U.S. National Parks (Syllabus)
GEOG 351/557, Biogeography (Syllabus)
GEOG 373/573, Introduction to Remote Sensing (Syllabus)


Breland Hall, Room 143
575-646-6480 (Phone)
575-646-7430 (Fax)