Dr. Concilio is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Science and Policy in the School of Behavioral and Social Sciences.

Her research and teaching interests are in climate change, environmental justice, biodiversity conservation, and invasive species biology and management. She joined the St. Edward’s faculty in 2016 after working for over a decade on research in global change impacts on plant communities, and feasibility of various land management and restoration approaches in the Sierra Nevada and Rocky Mountains. She also spent one year as a Visiting Professor of Environmental Studies at Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO. She is currently setting up new research projects at Wild Basin, which will serve as opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to get hands-on experience in the field.

Dr. Concilio currently teaches Population Ecology, Community Ecology, and Applied Research in the Professional Science Master's in Environmental Management and Sustainability (MSEM) program, and Environmental Science and Policy courses for St. Edward’s undergraduate students. She also serves as a faculty advisor for the Behavioral and Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Scholars Program.

Academic Appointments

Assistant Professor of Environmental Science and Policy, St Edward's University, 2016 - present

Visiting Professor of Environmental Studies, Fort Lewis College, Durango, CO, 2015 -2016

Postdoctoral Scholar, Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, 2013 - 2015

Adjunct Faculty, Department of Biology, Berkeley City College, Berkeley, CA, 2012 - 2013

Year Started



Ph.D. Environmental Studies, University of Califonia- Santa Cruz

M.S. Ecology, University of Toledo

B.A. Chemistry, Providence College



My research focuses on global change, invasive species, and restoration and management of grassland and rangeland ecosystems. I employ a diversity of research methods, including ecological field trials, greenhouse experiments, and stakeholder interviews to measure impacts of global change on plant communities and ecosystems and to test the effectiveness and feasibility of land management approaches. Through outreach activities and close collaboration with researchers and practitioners from a range of different backgrounds, I work to translate my scientific results to conservation action.  Over the last decade, I have worked in the Eastern Sierra Nevada, CA, and more recently in the Front Range of Colorado.  I am currently setting up projects to study invasive species impacts and spread in Travis County and welcome student input and involvement in my research.  To learn more about my research or outreach efforts, see http://amyconcilio.com/research/. 

Publications & Articles


Concilio, A., T. Seastedt, and J. Nippert (in press) Competition between native and invasive grasses under past, present, and future global change scenarios. Plant and Soil.

Concilio, A., T. Seastedt, J. Nippert, and S. Ehrenfeucht * (in press) Directional shifts in plant community composition in response to global change in the Colorado Front Range. Oecologia.

Concilio, A., J. Prevéy, P. Omasta*, J. Connor*, J. Nippert, and T. Seastedt (2015) Response of a mixed grass prairie to an extreme precipitation event: Introduced species, soil nitrogen and previous precipitation patterns influence responses. Ecosphere. 6(10): 172

Concilio, A., T. Vargas and W. Cheng (2015) Effect of an invasive annual grass on rhizosphere priming in invaded and uninvaded soils. Plant and Soil 393: 245-257

Loik, M.E., A.B. Griffith, H. Alpert, A. Concilio, C.E. Wade, and S.J. Martinson (2015) Impact of intra- vs. inter-annual snow depth variation on water relations and photosynthesis for two Great Basin Desert shrubs. Oecologia. 178(2): 403-414

Tzankova, Z. and A. Concilio (2014) Social, logistical, and regulatory factors affecting feasibility of control of a widespread non-noxious invasive species at the edge of its range. Biological Invasions. 17(1): 507-527

Concilio, A. (2013) Effectiveness and cost of downy brome (Bromus tectorum) control at high elevation. Invasive Plant Science and Management. 6(4): 502-511

Concilio, A. and M.E. Loik (2013) Elevated nitrogen effects on Bromus tectorum dominance and native plant diversity in an arid, montane ecosystem. Applied Vegetation Science. 16(4):598-609

Concilio, A. (2013) The spread of cheatgrass into the Eastern Sierra. Fremontia. 41(2): 10-13

Concilio, A., M.E. Loik, and J. Belnap (2013) Global change effects on Bromus tectorum L. (Poaceae) at its high-elevation range margin. Global Change Biology. 19 (1): 161-172

Ma, S., A. Concilio, B. Oakley M. North, J. Chen (2010) Spatial variability in microclimate in a mixed-conifer forest before and after thinning and burning treatments. Forest Ecology and Management. 259: 904-915

Ryu, SR, A. Concilio, J. Chen, M. North, and S. Ma (2009) Prescribed burning and mechanical thinning effects on belowground conditions and soil respiration in a mixed-conifer forest, California. Forest Ecology and Management. 257 (4): 1324-1332

Concilio, A., J. Chen, S. Ma and M. North (2009) Precipitation patterns drive inter-annual variation in summer soil respiration in a Mediterranean-climate, mixed conifer forest. Climatic Change. 92: 109-122

Ongley, L., L. Sherman, A. Armienta, A. Concilio, and C. Ferguson Salinas (2007) Arsenic contamination in the soils of Zimapán, Mexico. Environmental Pollution. 145 (3): 793-799

Concilio, A., S. Ma, S.R. Ryu, J. Chen, and M. North (2006) Soil respiration response to burning and thinning from one to three years after experimental treatments. Forest Ecology and Management. 228 (1-3): 82-90

Concilio, A., S. Ma, Q. Li, J. LeMoine, J.Chen, M. North, R. Jensen, and D. Moorhead (2005) Soil respiration response to burning and thinning in mixed conifer and hardwood forests. Canadian Journal of Forest Research. 35 (7): 1581-1591