Member Profiles

Individuals who want to be listed as an EFI member can fill out this form where you will be asked to provide your name, photo, email, social media, and a short, 1 sentence synopsis of what you’re working on. If you have a near-term forecast project you want to have highlighted you can also create a profile for the project using the same form.

At the moment there are no formal requirements for membership, but we encourage members to be active participants in EFI working groups and discussion boards. Members should be interested in building the community of practice around near-term ecological forecasts.

Michael Dietze
Boston University

Michael is leading the Ecological Forecasting Initiative.  He leads the Near-term Ecological Forecasting Initiative and the PEcAn Project.

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Peter Adler
Utah State University
Peter examines how species interactions mediate the impact of climate change on plant communities and if plant functional traits can predict population and community dynamics.
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Jorge Brenner
The Nature Conservancy

Jorge works on the spatial dynamics of marine systems and animal movement forecast. EFI Interests: Theory, Decision Science, Methods, Cyberinfrastructure, Knowledge Transfer

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Christopher Brown
NOAA

Christopher interested in developing and transitioning regional scale ecological forecasting system to operations. EFI Interests: Theory, Methods, Knowledge Transfer

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Cayelan Carey
Virginia Tech

Cayelan integrates high-frequency sensor data and ecosystem models to generate water quality forecasts that predict a suite of freshwater ecosystem services.

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Andria Dawson
Mount Royal University

Andria uses quantitative methods and ecological data to address questions about spatio-temporal vegetation and climate change. Keywords: Bayesian, modelling, paleo-ecological, forest. EFI Interests: Theory, Methods, Education

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Ankur R Desai
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Ankur works on forecasting land-atmosphere fluxes to advance understanding of scaling and modeling. EFI Interests: Methods, Cyberinfrastructure, Education

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Morgan Ernest
University of Florida

Morgan's work focuses on forecasting future biodiversity states as a means for assessing our theoretical understanding of the drivers of biodiversity dynamics. EFI Interests: Theory, Education

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Elvira de Eyto
Marine Institute

Elvira is interested in understanding how LTER data can be used to build accurate models of future ecological conditions. EFI Interests: Theory, Methods, Cyberinfrastructure, Knowledge Transfer

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John Foster
Boston University

John is interested in disease ecology, specifically near-term forecasting of tick-borne disease risk, which includes forecasting ticks, the pathogens they carry, and their small mammal hosts. EFI Interests: Theory, Methods, Cyberinfrastructure, Education, Knowledge Transfer

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Andy Fox
University of Arizona
Andy studies the terrestrial carbon cycle, from leaf to global scales, and over time periods from seconds the millennium with a focus on how to improve ecological forecasts using different types of observations and data assimilation techniques.
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Leah R Johnson
Virginia Tech

Leah develops statistical methods to integrate data into complex biological models, particularly applied to understanding how climate change will impact the transmission of vector-borne infections. EFI Interests: Theory, Decision Science, Methods, Cyberinfrastructure, Education, Knowledge Transfer

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Melissa Kenney
University of Maryland

Melissa's research broadly addresses how to integrate both scientific knowledge and societal values into policy decision-making under uncertainty. 

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David Klinges
University of Florida

Dave is interested in forecasting landscape-level microclimate variability, and current projects also include forecasting of carbon stocks and sequestration rates of coastal wetlands. EFI Interests: Theory, Decision Science, Education, Knowledge Transfer

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Christine Laney
NEON

Christine's primary professional interest is in making ecological data more accessible to a wide array of communities. She leads the development of NEON's data portal and works on ecological informatics projects. EFI Interests: Cyberinfrastructure, Knowledge Transfer

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Heather Lynch
Stony Brook University

Heather works on the MAPPPD project which calculates occupancy probabilities and presents graphical output which projects how penguin populations will change in the future.

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Jackie Matthes
Wellesley College

Jackie is working on a project to forecast the impacts of invasive forest insects and pathogens. She also develops inclusive pedagogical resources for teaching foundational forecasting concepts and tools. EFI Interests: Theory, Cyberinfrastructure, Education, Knowledge Transfer

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Abraham Matta
Boston University

Abraham is working to build a hybrid elastic edge-cloud infrastructure to support repeatable ecological research. EFI Interests: Cyberinfrastructure

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Kenton McHenry
National Center for Supercomputing Applications

Kenton's interests are in ensuring a future research cyberinfrastructure that addresses the needs of critical new frontiers such as Ecological Forecasting with robust, interoperable, sustainable, accessible tools. EFI Interests: Cyberinfrastructure, Knowledge Transfer

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Jason McLachlan
University of Notre Dame

Jason is using experiments, paleo observations, model prediction, and prior studies in a Bayesian assimilation framework strengthen predictive forecasting of salt marshes.

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Bailey Morrison
Brookhaven National Lab

Bailey is interested in information that will assist me with my work on the PEcAn project's State Data Assimilation project. EFI Interests: Methods, Cyberinfrastructure, Knowledge Transfer

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Owen Petchey
University of Zurich

Owen and his team at the University of Zurich research fundamental issues of ecological predictability mostly by experimentation with model microbial ecosystems. EFI Interests: Theory, Methods, Cyberinfrastructure, Education

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Ann Raiho
University of Notre Dame

Ann is interested in improving forecasts of long term forest community ecology by constraining ecosystem models with paleo-ecological data. EFI Interests: Theory, Decision Science, Methods, Cyberinfrastructure, Knowledge Transfer

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Emily Read
USGS
Emily is the Chief of Web Communications for the United States Geological Survey Water Resources Mission. She is responsible for the digital delivery of water data and information in accessible, discoverable, and interoperable formats.
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Nicholas R Record
Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences

Ecosystem forecasting based on citizen and civic science. EFI Interests: Theory, Decision Science, Methods, Cyberinfrastructure, Education, Knowledge Transfer

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Kevin Rose
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Through an academic-industry partnership, Kevin is using data from a variety of high frequency sensors and weather forecasts to generate both short and medium-term water quality forecasts. EFI Interests: Theory, Decision Science, Methods, Education, Knowledge Transfer

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Debjani Sihi
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Debjani is interested in forecasting soil organic matter decomposition and greenhouse gas emission in natural and managed systems across earth's major biomes. EFI Interests: Theory, Methods, Cyberinfrastructure

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Eric Sokol
NEON

Eric is a Quantitative Ecologist at the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) and is interested in using metacommunity theory and long-term data to predict future trends in biodiversity. EFI Interests: Theory, Methods, Cyberinfrastructure, Education

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Quinn Thomas
Virginia Tech
Quinn works to predict the future of forest and freshwater ecosystems by combining observations and ecosystem models using statistical techniques.
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Jonathan Tonkin
University of Canterbury

Jonathan is working to understand population and community responses to environmental change. EFI Interests: Theory, Decision Science, Methods, Cyberinfrastructure, Education, Knowledge Transfer

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Andrew Tredennick
University of Georgia

Andrew is developing a new approach to making population forecasts at the landscape scale using remotely-sensed time series of plant abundance.

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Volodymyr Trotsiuk
ETH Zurich

Volodymyr is working on establishing a data assimilation system to link various datasets with different spatial and temporal resolutions into a format that allows for quality cross-checks and makes best use of available data at the Swiss scale. EFI Interests: Methods, Cyberinfrastructure, Education

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Pattama Ulrich
The Ohio State University

Pattama is developing an intervention and probabilistic modeling tool for the ecology and health community for the purpose of analyzing potential environmental risks and determining optimum risk reduction and cost-effective interventions. EFI Interests: Theory, Decision Science, Education, Knowledge Transfer

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Giorgio Vacchiano
Università di Milano, DISAA

Giorgio's research focuses on forest response to management under climate change and natural disturbances. EFI Interests: Decision Science, Methods, Knowledge Transfer

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Jake Weltzin
NPN; USGS

Jake is the Executive Director of the USA National Phenology Network which manages phenology data from various sources and predicts when species will undergo a phenological transition at particular locations.

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Ethan White
University of Florida

Ethan's forecasting projects include automated-iterative forecasting for the Portal Project, automated phenology forecasting, and research on forecasting biodiversity.

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Elise Zipkin
Michigan State University

Elise works on estimating population distributions and demographics and how those processes might be altered with changing environmental and climate conditions. EFI Interests: Theory, Methods, and Education

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Kai Zhu
University of California, Santa Cruz

Kai is interested in plant and soil responses to environmental change, both spatially and temporally. EFI Interests: Theory, Decision Science, Methods, Cyberinfrastructure

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John Zobitz
Augsburg University

John is focused on (1) developing accessible software protocols and tools for data visualization - prior and post an ecological forecast, (2) applying mathematical and statistical methods for data assimilation and ecological forecasts, and (3) developing the first two with a keen eye for undergraduate interdisciplinary education, primarily focused through the lens of undergraduate mathematics. EFI Interests: Methods, Education

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