Charles B. van Rees

Assistant Research Scientist
Graduate Program Faculty

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PhD. Ecology, Evolution & Behavior, Tufts University, 2018
Certificate in Water Resources Management, Tufts University, 2018
Fulbright Early Career Scholar, Doñana Biological Station, 2018
B.A. Ecology, B.A. Environmental Science, Connecticut College, 2010

Honors, Awards, and Achievements

2020 Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Fellowship
2018 Best Student Paper, The Waterbird Society
2017 Certificate of Commendation for Dedication & Service to Hawaiian Conservation (State of Hawai’i House of Representatives)
2016 Tufts University Undergraduate Mentoring and Teaching Award
2010 Connecticut College Winthrop Scholar
2010 Helen F. Mathieson Prize for Excellence in Conservation Biology
2010 Barbara Shattuck Kohn Prize for Excellence in Environmental Studies
2009 Sibyl A. Houseman Prize for Excellence in Biology


American Ornithological Society, IUCN Connectivity Conservation Working Group, GEO BON Species Populations Working Group, Freshwater BON, Nuttall Ornithological Society

Selected Publications

Leigh, D.M., van Rees, C.B., Milette, K.L., et al. Accepted. Opportunities and challenges of macrogenetic studies. Nature Reviews Genetics.

van Rees, C.B., Aragonés, D., Bouten, W., Bustamente, J., and Green, A.J. Accepted. Temporally dynamic resource use of overwintering waterbirds during an agricultural cycle in Southern Spain. IBIS.

van Rees, C.B., Jähnig, S.C., et al., 2021. Safeguarding Freshwater Life Beyond 2020: Recommendations for the new Global Biodiversity Framework from the European Experience. Conservation Letters 14(1): e12771.

van Rees, C.B., Muñoz, M.A., Cooke, S.C., and Reed, J.M. 2020. Morphometric differences in an isolated, island-endemic subspecies of the Common gallinule (Gallinula galeata). Pacific Science 74(4): 345-364.

van Rees, C.B., Rozek, J.C., Garcia, G., and J.M. Reed 2019. Ecological Stakeholder Analogs as intermediaries between freshwater biodiversity conservation and sustainable water management. Environmental Policy and Governance 29.4: 303-312.

van Rees, C.B., Reed, J.M., Wilson, R.E., Underwood, J.G., and S.A. Sonsthagen 2018. Landscape genetics implicates stream and drainage infrastructure as corridors in the dispersal of an endangered wetland bird. Ecology and Evolution 8: 8328-8343.