Dr. Eisenberg comes from a ranching background and lives in a remote log cabin in northwestern Montana, where the grizzly bear and wolf populations outnumber the human population. For her master’s degree in environmental studies at Prescott College, she studied wolf ecology and management, with a focus on the work of Aldo Leopold. For her Ph.D. in forestry and wildlife at Oregon State University’s College of Forestry, Cristina studied food web linkage and the factors that can shape plant communities and ecosystems. Her research project is on trophic cascades involving wolves, elk, and aspen in Glacier National Park, Montana and Waterton Lakes National Park, Canada. Dr. Eisenberg is focusing on the context dependency of these relationships, and on the ecological effectiveness of wolves. She is also continuing to research Aldo Leopold’s work in the realm of wildlife ecology.
Cristina’s other interests include writing and teaching. Her first book, The Wolf’s Tooth: Keystone Predators, Trophic Cascades and Biodiversity, was published by Island Press in 2010. She is currently at work on her second book, about the ecology and public policy underlying large carnivore conservation in the West. She has co-taught graduate courses at Oregon State University on Aldo Leopold and ecosystem management with Dr. William Ripple, and on wolves and public policy with K. Norman Johnson.
Dr. Eisenberg is the research director on the High Lonesome Ranch in north-central Colorado, where her research interests involve living sustainably with large carnivores and utilizing trophic cascades concepts to restore ecosystems.