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Heather Bateman

Associate Professor
Polytechnic School (PS)
Arizona State University
United States of America


Heather Bateman grew up in western Colorado and attended college in Idaho. Graduate school took her to the Northwest to pursue a Masters researching the impacts of prescribed burns on cavity-nesting birds and also provided the opportunity to work for a non-profit conservation organization. Doctoral work in New Mexico provided a beautiful setting to study the impacts of non-native plant removal on amphibians and reptiles along the Middle Rio Grande. This research was in collaboration with the USDA Forest Service and a post doc position followed in Montana. Dr. Bateman holds memberships with the Wildlife Society, Society for Ecological Restoration, and Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles.

Research Interest

Heather Bateman is a field ecologist and conservation biologist interested in how human land-use affects vertebrate populations and habitats, especially in riparian ecosystems. Her research interests lie in exploring wildlife responses to habitat alteration, with a particular interest in amphibians, reptiles, and birds. Her current research focuses on exploring the impacts of saltcedar biocontrol and management on herpetofauna populations along the Virgin, San Pedro, and Gila Rivers in the Southwest and exploring impacts of riparian restoration on herpetofauna in the urban Phoenix environment. Faculty webpage click here.


  • Banville, M. J., Bateman, H. L., Earl, S. R., & Warren, P. S. (2017). Decadal declines in bird abundance and diversity in urban riparian zones. Landscape and Urban Planning, 159, 48-61. DOI: 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2016.09.026

  • Andrade, R., Bateman, H. L., & Kang, Y. (2017). Seasonality and land cover characteristics drive aphid dynamics in an arid city. Journal of Arid Environments, 144, 12-20. DOI: 10.1016/j.jaridenv.2017.04.007

  • Bridges, A., Bateman, H. L., Owens, A. K., Jones, C. A., & Miller, W. (2016). Microhabitat Selection of Juvenile Sonoran Desert Tortoises (Gopherus morafkai) in Central Arizona. Chelonian Conservation and Biology, 15(2), 219-230. DOI: 10.2744/CCB-1167.1

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