Chris Doughty

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

Andrew Abraham

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.

Tomos Prys-Jones

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.


Jenna Keany

Jenna finished her master's degree at American University and worked as an adviser on endangered species.  Her PhD work involves using lidar to understand how forest elephants impact forest structure and how Ecostress satellite data can predict temperature stress in the tropics.  

Eleanor Thomson

Eleanor Thomson finished her master's degree at Oxford University and worked at NAU as a research scholar.  She studies techniques to predict leaf traits in tropical forests with spectroscopy, drone data, and the Google Earth Engine.


Camille Gaillard

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.

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.

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Lab dinner at Oriel College, Oxford.  We have an ongoing connection with Oxford University.


Brittany Schweiger

Brittany is a PhD student in ecoinformatics who recently finished her master's degree at the University of New Mexico.  Her interests involve conservation, remote sensing, and both plant and animal dynamics.