stevegreendesign © 2008 Pamela Palma
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I specialize in not specializing, but my work has focused on 3 broad themes:

Ecology and Network Theory
Finding Stories in Data
Making the Complex Simple.

I like to connect the dots among problems, people, projects, and...
pretty much anything, actually.


Thrilled that my TED talk with Sean Gourley was named one of the top 8 data visualization talks on

Simplifying Complexity on

The fist comprehensive ecological network of the Chilean coastal marine ecosystem was recently published in Ecology.

Honored to be named among the Top 100 Creatives by ORIGIN magazine.


mappr is a cloud-based tool for visualzing, navigating, and finding meaning in complex network. We originally built mappr for ourselves to help untangle problems that hold promise for exceptional positive impact on humanity.

mappr is now available for anyone to use.
I've been working with networks for almost 25 yrs, and I'm proud to say mappr is the most elegant and powerful network visualization tool I've seen.

Contact us
at mappr to be a beta-tester.

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Ecological Networks

Species in natural ecosystems are connected through energy flow (i.e., feeding) and myriad other interdependencies. “Everything is connected to everything else,” but these connections are not random.

What is the network structure of nature? How can we predict which species, if lost, have the biggest system-wide impact? How do these complex systems 'manage risk'? What can we glean about the dyanmics of a network from it's structure alone?

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Data-Driven Conservation

I have been conducting research on wilderness mountain ecosystems in the Sierra Nevada of California since 1996. I continue to collobarate with a great team of reserachers to develop data-driven approaches for better managing natural ecosystems. Our current research focuses on protecting engandered amphibians in Yosemite National Park.



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Socio-Ecological Networks

This collaboration with Tobias Luthe's research group focuses on the resilience of arctic and alpine communities to global environmental change. We are exploring both the social network structure of collaborations among businesses in isolated communities, and the network of interdependencies between those businesses and ecosystem services.

ArcAlpNet Project

>> Dogsled-Accessed Arctic Skiing
>> Skiing Kamchatka's Volcanoes
>> Grown Skis visits Swall

Swall Institute

The "Swall Institute" is a creative incubation space in California's Eastern Sierra about 20 mi from the Mammoth Yosemite Airport (MMH).

It can accomodate informal working groups for 10 people or less. 7 is ideal.

It is the product of lots of dreaming, sweat, and love, and the help of countless friends. If you are interested in using it, email me.

>> Swall Institute website
>> Telemarking with Growns! [VIDEO]
>> Sierra Backcountry Forecasts
>> Swall point forecast


Proud to be one of many part owners of the Awaken Café, an award-winning green business in downtown Oakland.






>> Awaken website