Dr Molly Grace, Fellow by Special Election in Biology
Dr Molly Grace joined the Oxford community in 2017, as a NERC Knowledge Fellow in the Department of Zoology and a member of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Conservation Science.Contact Dr Molly Grace
In 2020, she became a Fellow by Special Election at Wadham, tutoring in Biology.
Molly's research works to define and measure species recovery. Conservation biology has long focused on predicting and avoiding extinction, such that (until recently), there was no standard way to track species' progress toward recovery. Molly has helped lead the development of the IUCN Green Status of Species, which is a globally applicable framework to describe species recovery status and which complements the world-renowned IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. The Green Status of Species draws on fundamental concepts in ecology- e.g., species functionality, viability, variability, and historic distribution.
Prior to arriving in Oxford, Molly completed a PhD in Conservation Biology at the University of Central Florida (Orlando, USA), where her research focus was in transportation ecology (lethal and sub-lethal impacts of roads on wildlife ecology and behaviour).
When she is not thinking about science, she is an avid consumer of the arts, and you can sometimes catch her onstage as a member of the Oxford Operatic Society.
- Veríssimo, D, T Pienkowski, M Arias, LCugnière, H Doughty, M Hazenbosch, E de Lange, A Moskeland. & M Grace. 2020. Ethical Publishing in Biodiversity Conservation Science. Conservation and Society. DOI: 10.4103/cs.cs_19_56
- Stephenson, PJ, C Workman, M Grace, B Long. 2020. Testing the IUCN Green List of Species: Lessons Learned Across Multiple Taxa. Oryx. DOI: 10.1017/S0030605319001200.
- Castaneda, E, V Leavings, R Noss, & M Grace. 2020. Does Traffic Noise Affect the Feeding Behavior of Cuban Tree Frog Tadpoles? Urban Ecosystems. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11252-020-00933-3
- Akçakaya, HR, A Rodrigues, D Keith, EJ Milner-Gulland, EW Sanderson, S Hedges, D Mallon, M Grace, B Long, E Meijaard, PJ Stephenson. 2020. Assessing ecological function in the context of species recovery. Conservation Biology. DOI: 10.1111/cobi.13425
- Grace, M, HR Akçakaya, E Bennett, C Hilton-Taylor, B Long, EJ Milner-Gulland, R Young, M Hoffmann. 2019. Using historical and paleoecological data to inform ambitious species recovery targets. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2019.0297.
- PJ Stephenson, M Grace, HR Akçakaya, ASL Rodrigues, B Long, DP Mallon, E Meijaard, JP Rodriguez, RP Young, TM Brooks, C Hilton-Taylor. 2019.
Defining the indigenous ranges of species to account for geographic and taxonomic variation in the history of human impacts: reply to Sanderson 2019. Conservation Biology. DOI: 10.1111/cobi.13400.
- Garnett, S, S Butchart, B Baker, E Bayraktarov, K Buchanan, A Burbidge, A Chauvenet, L Christidis, G Ehmke, M Grace, D Hoccom, S Legge, I Leiper, D Lindenmayer, R Loyn, M Maron, P McDonald, P Menkhorst, H Possingham, J Radford, A Reside, D Watson, J Watson, B Wintle, J Woinarski, H Geyle. 2018. Metrics of progress in the understanding and management of threats and their application to Australian birds. Conservation Biology. DOI: 10.1111/cobi13220.
- Akcakaya, R, E Bennett, T Brooks, M Grace, A Heath, S Hedges, C Hilton-Taylor, M Hoffmann, D Keith, B Long, DP Mallon, EJ Milner-Gulland, ASL Rodrigues, JP Rodriguez, PJ Stephenson, S Stuart, R Young. (2018). Quantifying species recovery and conservation success to develop an IUCN Green List of Species. Conservation Biology. DOI: 10.1111/cobi.13112. Open Access.
- Grace, MK, RF Noss (2018). Evidence for selective avoidance of traffic noise by anuran amphibians. Animal Conservation, 21(2018): 343–351. DOI: 10.1111/acv.12400.
- Grace, MK, DJ Smith, RF Noss (2017). Reducing the threat of wildlife-vehicle collisions during peak tourism periods using a Roadside Animal Detection System. Accident Analysis & Prevention, 109: 55-61.
- Grace, MK, DJ Smith, RF Noss (2017). Roadside Abundance of Anurans within a Community Correlates with Reproductive Investment. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 5: 65.
- Grace, MK, DJ Smith, RF Noss (2015). Testing alternative designs for a roadside animal detection system using a driving simulator. Nature Conservation, 11: 61.
- Grace, MK, RC Anderson (2015). No frequency shift in the “D” notes of Carolina chickadee calls in response to traffic noise. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 69(2): 253-263.