Charlotte Chang

Assistant Professor of Biology and Environmental Analysis
  • Expertise


    Charlotte Chang’s research focuses on social-ecological systems to improve conservation science and practice. Research in the Chang lab examines how different stakeholders interact with the environment, ranging from digital conservation constituencies in different countries to illicit wildlife hunting to managing agroforests to better support habitat specialist taxa. Projects in the lab focus on work with local community leaders, environmental practitioners, and academic colleagues to advance conservation research and application. The Chang lab combines data science, quantitative ecology and field methods for coupled human-natural systems.

    Research Interests

    • Social-ecological systems
    • Applied text analysis for conservation
    • Quantitative ecology
    • Digital mobilization for conservation
    • Conservation in tropical systems

    Areas of Expertise

    • Coupled human-natural systems
    • Conservation biology
    • Conservation social science
    • Environmental data science
  • Work


    De Angeli*, K. I., Abbasi*, E., Gan*, A., Ingram, D., Giam, X., & Chang, C. H. (2021). Modeling hunting and harvesting interactions between plants and their seed dispersers. Ecological Modelling, 439, 109328.

    * denotes undergraduate authors

    Chang, C. H., Williams, S. J., Quan, R.-C., Zhang, M., Levin, S. A., & Wilcove, D. S. (2019). Perceived entertainment and recreational value motivate illegal hunting in Southwest China. Biological Conservation, 234, 100–106.

    Chang, C. H., Cruyff, M. J., & Giam, X. (2018). Examining conservation compliance with randomized response technique analyses. Conservation Biology, 32, 1448–1456.

    Chang, C. H., & Drohan, S. E. (2018). Should I shoot or should I go? Simple rules for prey selection in multi-species hunting systems. Ecological Applications, 28, 1940–1947.

    Chang, C. H., Karanth, K. K., & Robbins, P. (2018). Birds and beans: Comparing avian richness and endemism in arabica and robusta agroforests in India’s Western Ghats. Scientific Reports, 8(1), 3143.

    Work in the Chang Lab has been covered by Forbes, Science Daily,, the Smithsonian Magazine, India Today, and the New York Times.

  • Education


    • Ph.D. Princeton University
    • Master of Philosophy University of Cambridge
    • Bachelor of Arts Pomona College
  • Awards & Honors

    Awards & Honors

    • David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellow
    • National Science Foundation National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) Postdoctoral Fellow
    • IUCN Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund Research Grant
    • NSF GROW with USAID research fellowship
    • Fulbright Fellowship