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


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. Founder of Marda Science (not accepting new graduate students).
Chris Doughty
Assistant Professor
Climate change, biodiversity loss, forest carbon cycling, remote sensing.
Scott Goetz
Ecosystem responses to environmental change, Arctic biodiversity, remote sensing.
Kevin Gurney
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
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
Ecological synthesis and analysis, Bayesian applications in ecology, plant and ecosystem ecology.
Andrew Richardson
Terrestrial ecosystems, forest ecology and the carbon cycle.
Ben Ruddell
Professor, SICCS Director
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

Eric Beamesderfer
Land-atmosphere interactions, atmospheric science, boundary-layer meteorology, phenology, eddy covariance
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
J. Camilo Fagua
My research focuses on producing spatial models that can support biodiversity conservation at large scales in tropical ecosystems. To accomplish this, I perform spatial analysis using Geographic Information Systems, spatial Read More
Adrianna Foster
Forest ecology, vegetation dynamics, disturbances, ecological modeling, climate change, remote sensing
Camille Gaillard
Traits, Functional traits, Trade-offs, DGVM, Ecosystem Services, Biodiversity, Science for Society, Climate Change, Anthropogenic Impact, Ecosystem Models, Data Science, Savanna, Vegetation cover change, Tropical ecosystems
Chris Hakkenberg
Landscape ecology, biodiversity, forest structure and dynamics, remote sensing, geospatial analysis, conservation, urbanization
Anna Kato
Climate change, Carbon cycle, Vegetation Phenology, Remote sensing, Geospatial analysis and mapping
Richard Massey
Remote sensing, climate change, agriculture, machine learning, high-performance computing, cloud computing architecture
Bhaskar Mitra
Carbon Cycle, Time Series Analysis, Spatial Statistics, Bayesian Analysis
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
Yang Song
GIS, remote sensing, environment, transportation, fossil fuel carbon
Jon M. Wells
Earth system modeling, Data-model integration, Global carbon cycling, Bioenergy production
Adam Young
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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PhD 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
PhD Student
River ecology, fisheries, remote sensing, spatial ecology, machine learning
Rohan Boone
PhD Student
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.
David Failing
PhD Student
Plant and ecosystem memory
Iván González - Garzón
PhD Student
Ecohydrology, remote sensing, land use change, spatial and quantitative ecology
Xin Huang
PhD Student
Tree growth, bayesian statistics, ecological modeling, software engineering, high-performance computing
Jenna Keany
PhD Student
Biodiversity loss, animal-plant interactions, remote sensing, ecosystem ecology, climate change
Blase LaSala
PhD Student
Hazardous environment documentation, geoinformatics, data interface and visualization, high performance computing.
Scooter Nowak
PhD Student
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.
Jeralyn Poe
PhD Student
Carbon cycling, land-atmosphere interactions, geospatial analysis, Arctic vulnerability
Tomos Prys-Jones
PhD Student
Animals transport of microbes and pathogens, impact of animal extinctions on emergent infectious disease.
Laura Puckett
MSc Student
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
Emma Reich
PhD Student
Plant ecophysiology, stable isotope analysis, evapotranspiration partitioning, flux tower measurements.
Paul Roman
MSc Student
Instrumentation development, isotopic tracing, carbon cycling within plant communities, carbon movement in the soil biome
Melissa Rose
PhD Student
Remote sensing, ecological modeling, conservation biology, consequences of biodiversity change
Vova Saruta
PhD Student
Bayesian statistics, emulators, process based models, terrestrial ecosystems, carbon cycle.
Shelby Sundquist
PhD Student
Ecological modeling, climate change, and arctic and boreal vegetation
Aaron Teets
PhD Student and Presidential Fellow
Forest carbon dynamics, phenology, woody biomass increment, non-structural carbohydrates, eddy-covariance
Ethan Yackulic
PhD Student
Paleoecology, lake sediments, hyperspectral imaging, water quality, Holocene climate

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Recent Graduates

  • Nancy Peterson (2020) MSc in Informatics
  • Jessica Guo (2019) PhD in Biological Sciences

Recent Affiliates

  • Bijan Seyednasarollah, former Ecoinformatics postdoc (Terrestrial Ecosystems & Global Change [Richardson Lab]), currently a senior data scientist in the private sector
  • 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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