Selected Employment

  • Current: Graduate Research Assistant, Office of the Provost, George Mason University
  • Current: Research Affiliate, Moore Center for Science, Conservation International
  • Science Fellow, Stop Seafood Fraud campaign, Oceana
  • Protected Areas Intern, Conservation Science Program, World Wildlife Fund
  • GIS Intern, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
  • Consultant, H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics, and the Environment
  • Snore and Roar Host, Smithsonian National Zoo
  • Biological Field Technician and Student Conservation Association volunteer, Yellowstone National Park

Peer-reviewed Publications (Google Scholar profile)

  • Golden Kroner, R.E., Krithivasan, R. K., and Mascia, M.B. 2016. Effects of protected area downsizing on habitat fragmentation in Yosemite National Park (USA), 1864 – 2014. Ecology and Society 21(3):22. Link.
  • Golden Kroner, R.E. 2016. Media Coverage of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Drilling Controversy. Journal of Mason Graduate Research. 3(2):52-70. Link.

Working Papers

  • Tesfaw, A., Pfaff, A., Golden Kroner, R.E., Qin, S., Medeiros, R., and Mascia, M.B. Land use and land cover change shape the sustainability and impacts of protected areas. Revised and resubmitted. 
  • Golden Kroner, R. E., Krithivasan, R., Qin, S., Cook, C., Pack, S., and Mascia, M.B. The uncertain future of protected lands and waters. In prep.
  • Qin, S., Tesfaw, A., Golden Kroner, R.E., Poelking, C., Rodriguez, C.M., Braybrook, R. and Mascia, M. Iconic protected areas are not immune to downgrading, downsizing, and degazettement. In prep.
  • Thieme, M. Qin., S., Mascia, M., Pack, S., Golden Kroner, R.E. et al. Dams and protected areas. In prep.
  • Mascia, M.B., Golden Kroner, R.E., Pfaff, A., Glew, L., Gill, D. Missing information, mistaken inferences and potentially misguided initiatives: unaddressed biases in conservation policy evaluation. In prep.

Research and Graduate Funding

  • 2017 – 2018: Graduate Women in Science, Adele Lewis Grant Fellowship ($10,000)
  • 2017: Conservation International Research Fellowship ($11,550)
  • 2017: George Mason University Provost Summer Fellowship ($7,000)
  • 2016 – 2018: George Mason University Graduate Research Assistantship, Office of the Provost ($22,000, tuition, and benefits)
  • 2014 – 2016: George Mason University Graduate Teaching Assistantship ($14,500, tuition, and benefits)
  • 2014: George Mason University Provost Top-Up Award ($5,000)
  • 2011 – 2013: University of Maryland Graduate Teaching Assistantship  ($18,500, tuition, and benefits)
  • 2009: Clare Booth Luce and Boston University Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program award ($4,000)
  • 2008: Boston University Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program award ($4,000)

Web-Based Mapping Projects

  • – interactive map displaying instances of protected area downgrading, downsizing, and degazettement (PADDD) worldwide.
    • Project role: Contributed hundreds of data points and conducted analyses. Currently managing social media accounts for PADDDtracker. Provide ongoing support to PADDD data managers.
  • Seafood Fraud Map – interactive map displaying instances of seafood fraud worldwide.
    • Project role: Applied for and received grant from Google. Designed and executed global literature review. Designed, created, and launched interactive map.
    • Oceana updated the map in 2016 to include additional studies; the new map was covered in media outlets including the New York Times, Washington Post, and TIME.

Selected Presentations

  • 2017:
    • International Congress for Conservation Biology, Workshop co-organizer and facilitator: “Protected area downgrading, downsizing, and degazettement (PADDD): science and policy implications”; Poster: “Visualizing protected area legal changes and development dynamics in Amazonia” (student award finalist)
    • American Association for Geographers (AAG), Session co-organizer and presenter: “Protected areas and beyond: amplification, abandonment, and impacts of conservation interventions”
  •  2016:
    • IUCN World Conservation Congress, presentation and workshop panelist: “PADDD in the United States” and side-event presentation: “PADDDtracker mini-training”
  •  2015:
    • George Mason University, speed talk at departmental seminar: “What happens when we lose protected areas?”
    • Conservation International, brownbag: “What happens when we lose protected areas? Developing an impact evaluation to assess protected area downgrading, downsizing, and degazettement (PADDD) in Brazil and Cambodia”
    • Mason Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference: “Media coverage of proposed oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge”
  • 2014:
    • IUCN World Parks Congress, speed presentation and e-poster: “ Engaging the public in protected area policy”
  • 2013:
    • International Congress for Conservation Biology, speed presentation: “Protected Area Downgrading, Downsizing, and Degazettement in Yosemite National Park in the Sierra Nevadas”
    • Student Conference for Conservation Scientists, full presentation: “Protected Area Downgrading, Downsizing, and Degazettement in North America”
  • 2012:
    • George Wright Society Conference on Parks, Protected Areas, and Cultural Sites, poster: “Protected Area Downgrading, Downsizing, and Degazettement in Yosemite National Park”

Teaching and Training Experience

  • Conservation International: Designed and implemented workshop to train an Amazonia-wide network of researchers to collect data on protected area downgrading, downsizing, and degazettement (PADDD)
  • George Mason University: Teaching Assistant for Fundamentals of Ecology and Evolution
  • University of Maryland: Teaching Assistant for Conservation Biology, Introduction to Environmental Science, Introduction to Environmental Policy, Capstone in Environmental Science and Policy, Calculus II for the Life Sciences
  • Oceana: designed and delivered workshop “Google Maps Engine 101” to train colleagues to use the Google Maps Engine platform

Leadership and Professional Memberships

White Papers

Online Publications