Who we are

Our ecoinformatics group at NAU includes 16 faculty representing a broad range of expertise from plant and ecosystem ecology to remote sensing to statistics to ecohydrology to disease ecology, among others. The faculty diversity is paralleled by our diverse group of postdoctoral researchers and research support staff (currently, over a dozen) and graduate students (16 and growing).

Faculty Postdoctoral Researchers Research Staff Graduate Students Recent Graduates & Affiliates

Faculty

Jay Barber
Associate Professor
Bayesian statistics, spatial statistics, ecological and environmental applications.
Logan Berner
Assistant Research Professor
Forest ecology, carbon cycling, climate change, satellite remote sensing, geospatial modeling
Daniel Buscombe
Assistant Research Professor
Earth surface processes, coastal and hydraulic engineering, process sedimentology, geomorphology, spatial ecology, machine learning, probabilistic models
Chris Doughty
Assistant Professor
Climate change, biodiversity loss, forest carbon cycling, remote sensing.
Scott Goetz
Professor
Ecosystem responses to environmental change, Arctic biodiversity, remote sensing.
Kevin Gurney
Professor
Climate change, biogeochemistry, ecology, energy, science policy
Deborah Huntzinger
Associate Professor
The carbon cycle, climate change, terrestrial biogeochemistry, modeling of land-atmosphere carbon dynamics, carbon footprint analysis
Patrick Jantz
Assistant Research Professor
Forest canopy structure, geoinformatics, remote sensing, sustainable development.
Yiqi Luo
Professor
Ecosystem ecology, carbon and nitrogen cycles, ecological modeling, earth system science
Nicholas McKay
Associate Professor
Paleoclimatology, data analysis, paleoclimate informatics
Joseph Mihaljevic
Assistant Professor
Ecological informatics, multi-pathogen communities, infectious diseases.
Kiona Ogle
Professor
Ecological synthesis and analysis, Bayesian applications in ecology, plant and ecosystem ecology.
Andrew Richardson
Professor
Terrestrial ecosystems, forest ecology and the carbon cycle.
Ben Ruddell
Associate Professor
Urban ecology, complex systems, networks, macroscale ecology, hydrology and water resources, information theory, data science, food-energy-water.
Richard Rushforth
Assistant Research Professor
Adaptive water management, socio-hydrology, water policy.
Kimberly Samuels-Crow
Assistant Research Professor
Stable isotope geochemistry, climate change, paleoclimate, hydroclimate, science communication and outreach  
Temuulen "Teki" Sankey
Associate Professor
Remote sensing, desert plant communities, cropland distribution and change.

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Postdoctoral Researchers

Pawlok Dass
Carbon cycle; biogeochemistry; terrestrial biosphere; climate change; earth system science; energy; geospatial data science
Katharyn Duffy
Terrestrial biosphere-Earth system interactions; climatic change effects on phenology and land-atmosphere carbon exchange
Adrianna Foster
Forest ecology, vegetation dynamics, disturbances, ecological modeling, climate change, remote sensing
Chris Hakkenberg
Landscape ecology, biodiversity, forest structure and dynamics, remote sensing, geospatial analysis, conservation, urbanization
Richard Massey
Remote sensing, climate change, agriculture, machine learning, high-performance computing, cloud computing architecture
Drew Peltier
Tree physiology under climate change and drought. Tree ring syntheses; ENSO and the North American Monsoon; Bayesian Hierarchical modelling; Non-structural carbohydrates; Radiocarbon; Drought legacies and memory.
Tim Rademacher
Eco-physiology of terrestrial vegetation
Geoffrey Roest
Anthropogenic carbon emissions, trace gas emissions, climate change, meteorology, air quality, oil and gas, environmental policy
Bijan Seyednasarollah
Global environmental change; Environmental data science, Hierarchical Bayesian statistics; Process- and physics-based modeling of land-atmosphere interactions; Energy transfer of terrestrial ecosystems; Eco-hydrology
Yang Song
GIS, remote sensing, environment, transportation, fossil fuel carbon
Adam Young
Postdoctoral Scientist
Fire and phenological effects on ecosystem and global carbon, water, and energy flows.

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Research Support Staff

Patrick Burns
Research Associate, Goetz Lab
Earth observation, remote sensing, lidar, hyperspectral imaging
Jim LeMoine
Lab Manager, Richardson Lab
Biogeochemistry–specifically C, N, and Hg; Forest Ecology and Management; Soil Organic Matter Formation; Phenology

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Graduate Students

Andrew Abraham
PhD Student
The role of animals on nutrient distribution using the Madingley model and field studies.
Adam Belmonte
PhD Student
Forest ecohydrology, soil moisture dynamics, forest & wildland restoration, UAV-borne remote sensing
Cameron Bodine
River ecology, fisheries, remote sensing, spatial ecology, machine learning
Rohan Boone
Forest Ecology, Dendroecology, Community Ecology, Drought legacy, Tree response to climate change
Abraham Cadmus
PhD Student, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow
Forest tree ecophysiology, community genetics, ecohydrology, plant hydraulics, conservation and restoration.
Iván González - Garzón
Ecohydrology, remote sensing, land use change, spatial and quantitative ecology
Xin Huang
Tree growth, bayesian statistics, ecological modeling, software engineering, high-performance computing
Jenna Keany
Biodiversity loss, animal-plant interactions, remote sensing, ecosystem ecology, climate change
Scooter Nowak
Solve complex problems involving data manipulation and analysis. Developing software tools to increase efficiency of data usage. Aquatic Entomology, Aquatic Ecology
Kathleen Orndahl
PhD Student
Arctic vegetation ecology, climate change impacts on arctic ecosystems, UAV operations, satellite remote sensing
Emily Palmquist
PhD Student
Dryland plant ecology; riparian plant ecology; rare plants; plant genetics; Grand Canyon; river regulation.
Nancy Peterson
PhD Student
Forest ecology, species modeling, remote sensing, conservation biology
Tomos Prys-Jones
Animals transport of microbes and pathogens, impact of animal extinctions on emergent infectious disease.
Laura Puckett
Ecosystem vulnerability, forest ecology, remote sensing, climate change, ecological modeling
Colin Quinn
PhD Student
Biogeography, Remote Sensing, Environmental response to climate and human impact, landscape archaeology
Paul Roman
Instrumentation development, isotopic tracing, carbon cycling within plant communities, carbon movement in the soil biome
Vova Saruta
PhD Student
Bayesian statistics, emulators, process based models, terrestrial ecosystems, carbon cycle.
Aaron Teets
PhD Student and Presidential Fellow
Forest carbon dynamics, phenology, woody biomass increment, non-structural carbohydrates, eddy-covariance

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Recent Graduates

  • Jessica Guo (2019) PhD in Biological Sciences

Recent Affiliates

  • Larissa Yocom, former ecoinformatics postdoc (Ecological Synthesis Lab), currently at Utah State University
  • Yao Liu , former ecoinformatics postdoc (Ecological Synthesis Lab), currently at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

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