Institute for Ecological Monitoring and Management

Since 2012, IEMM has performed its mission of science in service by linking SDSU scientists with communities, resource managers, and planners.

Through robust partnerships, IEMM addresses current challenges related to climate change, sustainable communities, and conservation of biodiversity.

Addressing local climate, sustainability, and conservation challenges

A collaborative science-based response

Working together to address climate change impacts and support sustainable communities and biodiversity conservation.


Drawing from extensive expertise across the SDSU campus, we provide technical, scientific, and analytical assistance.

We use cutting-edge research methods and meaningful community and stakeholder engagement and collaboration. IEMM's work advances climate adaptation, sustainability, and conservation for our communities and natural ecosystems.

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Areas of Expertise: 1. Translational and Applied Science: Connecting Wildlands and Communities; Resilient Restoration; Spatial Decision Support for Fire Management; Ecological Drought in Southern California  2. Ecological Management and Conservation: Feral Pig Monitoring in San Diego County; California Least Tern Monitoring and Management in San Diego County; Mule Deer Conservation and Management; Population Modeling of Peninsular Bighorn Sheep; Planning for Wildlife Movement Across San Diego’s SR-67  3. Climate Adaptation Science: Southern California Montane Forest Conservation Strategy; Collaborative of Native Nations for Climate Transformation and Stewardship (CNNCTS); Developing a Framework for Valuing Carbon Sequestration in San Diego’s Natural Lands Climate Resilient Connectivity for California’s South Coast Ecoregion; Fisheries and Climate Toolkit (FaCeT); San Diego County Ecosystems: Ecological Impacts of Climate Change on a Biodiversity Hotspot

What we do

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California least tern

IEMM provides research expertise and guidance for long-term efforts to mitigate threats and stressors facing California least tern populations.


CNNCTS advances a model of Indigenous-led land stewardship for climate adaptation and resilience.

Peninsular bighorn sheep

IEMM is developing an updated Peninusular bighorn sheep population status assessment and population models to inform ongoing management and recovery actions.