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.
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.
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
Christopher interested in developing and transitioning regional scale ecological forecasting system to operations. EFI Interests: Theory, Methods, Knowledge Transfer
Cayelan integrates high-frequency sensor data and ecosystem models to generate water quality forecasts that predict a suite of freshwater ecosystem services.
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
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
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
Elvira de Eyto
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
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
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.
Leah R Johnson
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
University of Maryland
Melissa's research broadly addresses how to integrate both scientific knowledge and societal values into policy decision-making under uncertainty.
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
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
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.
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
Abraham is working to build a hybrid elastic edge-cloud infrastructure to support repeatable ecological research. EFI Interests: Cyberinfrastructure
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
Quinn works to predict the future of forest and freshwater ecosystems by combining observations and ecosystem models using statistical techniques.
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
University of Florida
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
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
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