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Jennifer J. Swenson, Assistant Professor of the Practice of Geospatial Analysis and Director of Professional Studies and Assistant Professor of the Practice of Geospatial Analysis

I am interested in modeling spatial patterns of species and ecosystems, species diversity, and their relationship with functional ecological factors. During my career I've worked with geospatial and remote sensing technologies at the National Park Service, the National Forest Service, and with international non-governmental organizations in South America. I've been involved in a range of projects including vegetation mapping, land use planning, spatial modeling of landscape change and forest productivity, and biodiversity studies.

Contact Info:
Office Location:  A319 LSRC
Office Phone:  (919) 668-0606
Email Address: send me a message

Teaching (Fall 2015):

    LSRC A211, TuTh 10:05 AM-11:20 AM
    Env Hall 1104, TuTh 01:25 PM-02:40 PM
Teaching (Spring 2016):

  • ENVIRON 590.53, SPECIAL TOPICS Synopsis
    LSRC A211, W 08:30 AM-09:45 AM
  • ENVIRON 590.54, SPECIAL TOPICS Synopsis
    Env Hall 1104, Tu 08:30 AM-09:45 AM

PhDForest Ecology, Oregon State University2004
Ph.D.Oregon State University2003
M.A.San Diego State University1995
B.A.University of California at Santa Barbara1990

geospatial technologies
forest management and silviculture
conservation biology
land use and sprawl
tropical ecology
landscape dynamics
Research Interests: spatial mapping and modeling of ecological phenomena and landscape ecology.

Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. NG McDowell, NC Coops, PS Beck, JQ Chambers, C Gangodagamage, JA Hicke, CY Huang, R Kennedy, DJ Krofcheck, M Litvak, AJ Meddens, J Muss, R Negrón-Juarez, C Peng, AM Schwantes, JJ Swenson, LJ Vernon, AP Williams, C Xu, M Zhao, SW Running and CD Allen, Global satellite monitoring of climate-induced vegetation disturbances., Trends in plant science, vol. 20 no. 2 (February, 2015), pp. 114-123, ISSN 1360-1385 [doi]  [abs]
  2. M González-Roglich, JJ Swenson, EG Jobbágy and RB Jackson, Shifting carbon pools along a plant cover gradient in woody encroached savannas of central Argentina, Forest Ecology and Management, vol. 331 (November, 2014), pp. 71-78, ISSN 0378-1127 [doi]
  3. Riegel, B, Bernhard, E., Swenson, J.J., Estimating Above-Ground Carbon Biomass in a Newly Restored Coastal Plain Wetland Using Remote Sensing, PLoS ONE, vol. 8 no. 6 (May, 2013), ISSN 1932-6203 [doi]  [abs]
  4. Smart, L., Swenson, J.J., Christensen, N., Sexton, J.O., Vertical and spatial patterns of canopy structure in SE Pines: LiDAR applications for wildlife habitat., For Ecol Manage, vol. 281 (2012), pp. 100–110 [S0378112712003490]  [abs]
  5. LS Smart, JJ Swenson, NL Christensen and JO Sexton, Three-dimensional characterization of pine forest type and red-cockaded woodpecker habitat by small-footprint, discrete-return lidar, Forest Ecology and Management, vol. 281 (2012), pp. 100-110, ISSN 0378-1127 [doi]  [abs]

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