I am an Associate Professor in ecoinformatics at Northern Arizona University. I research how climate change will impact tropical forests and how large animal extinctions could impact ecosystem function. I also have projects in remote sensing, paleoclimatology and astrobiology. I majored in Environmental Science at the University of California, Berkeley and subsequently completed a PhD in Earth System Science at the University of California, Irvine. I spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Global Ecology at the Carnegie Institution, Stanford. I then accepted a fellowship in tropical forest ecology at Oxford University. In 2013 I began a Lectureship in the School of Geography and the Environment at Oxford. In 2016 I began my current position at NAU. I have taught classes on Ecosystems, Environmental Remote Sensing, and Environmental Modelling. For further info see my CV or Google Scholar Page
Jenna's PhD work involves using lidar to understand how forest elephants impact forest structure. She was recently awarded the NASA FINESST grant for the project titled "Investigating African Forest Elephant Impacts on Forest Structure and Carbon Balance Using Multiscale Lidar Techniques". Read more here.
Prior to coming to NAU, Ben studied ecology at Goshen College (Indiana) and environmental informatics at Purdue University. His PhD research focuses on using remote sensing techniques to study tree physiological responses to drought and rising temperatures, with the goal of better understanding threats to forest health and resilience in a changing climate.
Camille is a postdoctoral researcher working on the NASA Biodiversity project. His research questions involve traits, trade-offs and key mechanisms explaining ecosystems states and behavior with a focus on contemporary tropical ecosystems. His aim is to produce relevant science, from an academic perspective as well as for society.
Former Lab Members
Andrew finished his master's degree at Oxford University and in his PhD work at NAU he studies the role of animals on nutrient distribution using the madingley model and field studies. He describes his research here. Andrew just finished his PhD and has a Marie Curie fellowship based in Aarhus, Denmark.
Tomos finished his master's degree at Cambridge University and has expertise in both wildlife ecology and microbiology. His PhD involves studying how animals transport microbes and pathogens across landscapes as well as the potential role of animal extinctions on emergent infectious disease. Tom just finished his PhD and is working at UCL in London.
A lab meeting at the top of the San Francisco peaks just 15 minutes from campus.
Lab trip to the nearby Grand Canyon to scout potential field sites.
Lab dinner at Oriel College, Oxford. We have an ongoing connection with Oxford University.