Kevin Bracy Knight



Areas of expertise:
National and global-scale conservation, biogeography, ecology, statistical analysis, modeling

Kevin Bracy Knight works with EDF’s Ecosystems team, providing ecological, economic, and biogeographical expertise in the program’s work on species and habitat conservation.

Kevin’s research interests include large-scale ecosystem conservation, the effects of human activities on natural systems, and designing efficient conservation programs to save more species with limited resources. In his previous work, he worked with diverse stakeholders including ranchers, military leaders, conservation organizations, and the general public throughout the American West to find collaborative conservation solutions.


Kevin comes, most recently, from completing his PhD in conservation ecology at the University of Colorado, Boulder where he studied how to conserve global primate diversity. He has worked in biogeography, and field ecology for more than two decades, specializing in addressing human impacts on native species and ecosystems.


  • Ph.D. – Ecology and Evolutionary Biology 2017; University of Colorado, Boulder
  • M.B.A. – Sustainable Business 2008; Presidio Graduate School, San Francisco
  • M.A. – Geography 2003; University of California, Santa Barbara
  • B.S. – Ecology and Evolution 1996; University of California, Santa Barbara


K. Bracy Knight, T. P. Toombs, and J. D. Derner, “Cross-Fencing on Private US Rangelands: Financial Costs and Producer Risks,” Rangelands, vol. 33, no. 2, pp. 41–44, 2011.

C. M. McCain and K. Bracy Knight, “Elevational Rapoport’s rule is not pervasive on mountains,” Glob. Ecol. Biogeogr., vol. 22, no. 6, pp. 750–759, 2013.

R. C. Tillquist, L. G. Shoemaker, K. Bracy Knight, and A. Clauset, “The Evolution of Primate Body Size: Left-skewness, Maximum Size , and Cope ’s Rule,” pp. 1–16, 2016.

C. McCain, T. Szewczyk, and K. Bracy Knight, “Population variability complicates the accurate detection of climate change responses,” Glob. Chang. Biol., vol. 22, no. 6, pp. 2081–2093, 2016.