Heather Bateman

  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Assistant Professor, Morrison School of Agribusiness and Resource Management

Arizona State University at the Polytechnic Campus
Morrison School of Agribusiness and Resource Management
6073 S Backus Mall
Mesa, AZ 85212-0180
Email: heather.l.bateman@asu.edu
Web: http://hbateman.faculty.asu.edu/


Heather Bateman grew up in western Colorado with a childhood filled with outdoor activities and athletics. In college she was fortunate enough to pursue both these endeavors as a student-athlete. Summers working for a biology consultant solidified her interest and passion to pursue work related to human land-use impacts on wildlife and habitats. 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 regional land trust, a non-profit organization.

New Mexico inspired Bateman's love for green chilies and 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 is co-organizer of the Applied Science Seminar series and is on the committee to develop PSM degrees within the College of Technology and Innovation. Dr. Bateman holds memberships with the Ecological Society of America, Society for Ecological Restoration, and Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles.

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 population responses to habitat alteration, with a particular interest in amphibians, reptiles, and birds. Her current research focuses on exploring the impacts of leaf beetles used as saltcedar biocontrol on herpetofauna populations along the Virgin River in Nevada and exploring impacts of riparian restoration on herpetofauna in the urban Phoenix environment.


conservation biology; ecology; ornithology; herpetology; riparian ecology; urban ecology


    Ph.D., Biology, University of New Mexico, 2007

    M.S., Biology, Eastern Washington University, 2000

    B.S., Biology, Idaho State University, 1998

Journal Articles

In Press

Beebe, S. R., A. Switalski, H. L. Bateman and K. D. Hristovski. In Press. Burrowing owl (Athene cunicularia) habitat associations in agricultural fields and along canal trails in Phoenix, Arizona. Journal of the Arizona-Nevada Academy of Science

Nielsen, D. P. and H. L. Bateman. In Press. Population metrics and use of saltcedar (Tamarix) habitats by common side-blotched lizards (Uta stansburiana). Southwestern Naturalist


Bateman, H. L., P. L. Nagler and E. P. Glenn. 2013. Plot- and landscape-level changes in climate and vegetation following defoliation of exotic saltcedar (Tamarix sp.) from the biocontrol agent Diorhabda carinulata along a stream in the Mojave Desert (USA). Journal of Arid Environments 89:16-20. DOI: 10.1016/j.jaridenv.2012.09.011. (link)

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Book Chapters

In Press

Bateman, H. L., E. H. Paxton and W. Longland. Tamarix as wildlife habitat. In: Sher, A. and M. F. Quigley eds., Tamarix: A Case Study of Ecological Change in the American West. Oxford University Press.


Bateman, H. L. and E. H. Paxton. 2010. Saltcedar and Russian olive interactions with wildlife. Pp. 49-63 In: Shafroth, P. B., C. A. Brown and D. M. Merritt eds., Saltcedar and Russian Olive Control Demonstraction Act Science Assessment. U.S. Geological Survey. (link)



Banville, M. J., H. L. Bateman, S. R. Earl and P. S. Warren. 2014. Long-term changes in urban riparian bird communities. Poster presented at the 16th Annual CAP LTER Poster Symposium and All Scientists Meeting, Jnauary 17, 2014, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link)

Bateman, H. L., J. C. Stromberg and M. J. Banville. 2014. Living in the city: Bird, herpetofauna, and plant communities along the Salt River in Phoenix, AZ. Poster presented at the 16th Annual CAP LTER Poster Symposium and All Scientists Meeting, January 17, 2014, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ.

Rudd, B. and H. L. Bateman. 2014. Trail disturbance on reptiles in the Phoenix mountain regional parks. Poster presented at the 16th Annual CAP LTER Poster Symposium and All Scientists Meeting, January 17, 2014, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link)

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Bateman, H. L., P. L. Nagler and E. P. Glenn. 2012. Effects of saltcedar biocontrol along the Virgin River: Implications for herpetofauna abundance, microclimate, and landscape vegetation changes. Presentation at the 3-4 February 2012 45th Joint Annual AZ/NM Meeting of the Wildlife Society and AFS, Phoenix, AZ.

Beebe, S. R., H. L. Bateman and K. Hristovski. 2012. Burrowing owl habitat selection in urban southeast Phoenix. Presentation at the 3-4 April 2012 8th Annual Gatekeeper Regulatory Roundup and Conference, Scottsdale, Arizona.

Bridges, A. E. and H. L. Bateman. 2012. Habitat selection by juvenile Sonoran Desert tortoises (Gopherus morafkai) in central Arizona. Presentation at the 15-19 August 2012 10th Annaul Symposium on Conservation and Biology of Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles, Tucson, Arizona.

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