Dr. Kirsten de Beurs has a background in remote sensing research with a strong understanding of the effect of institutional changes on the land surface, in particular in dryland regions. She has a Masters degree from the Wageningen University in the Netherlands focused on biometry and a Ph.D. in Natural Resources from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Since the start of her Ph.D. in 2002 she has worked on several NASA-funded projects. For her Ph.D. she investigated the effects of the collapse of the Soviet Union on land surface changes, first in Kazakhstan and subsequently in other Central Asian states. During her first post-doc she investigated the effects of war and drought in Afghanistan, and researched changes in the central Eurasian grain bel. During her second post-doc she was part of a project investigating the effect of gypsy moth defoliation in Mid-Atlantic forests. Since starting as an assistant professor first at Virginia Tech in August 2007, and then at The University of Oklahoma, she has extended her research to agricultural drylands in the Sahel as well as agricultural regions in European Russia. She is an author on 25 manuscripts and PI on a large NASA Land Cover Land Use Change project investigating land abandonment in Russia and climate change: “Land Abandonment in Russia: Understanding Recent Trends and Assessing Future Vulnerability and Adaptation to Changing Climate and Population Dynamics”. She currently advises four PhD and one MSc student.
Dr. Jason Julian is an Environmental Geographer and Earth Systems Scientist who investigates landscape changes and ecosystem processes across broad scales, with a focus on water resources and human-environment interactions. He is a Fulbright Senior Scholar (New Zealand) and co-Director of the Landscape Land Use Change Institute. His formal training is in Geomorphology, Hydrology, and Landscape Ecology. Past projects have included land cover effects on watershed runoff, downstream effects of dams and dam removal, modeling light availability and primary production in rivers, headwater channel mapping, riverbank erosion, agricultural impacts on river ecosystems, bio-geomorphic feedbacks in rivers, and historical urban development trends in South-Central U.S. Currently funded projects include “Land Management Impacts on Water Quality in New Zealand across Political Boundaries” and “Incorporating Ecological Costs and Benefits into Environmental Flow Recommendations for Oklahoma Rivers.” Future work will likely involve analyzing land use/land cover changes and their impact on natural resources across broad scales. Dr. Julian is now an Associate Professor at Texas State University, where he teaches courses on Water Resources. In his spare time, Jason enjoys outdoor activities with his family, including hiking, kayaking, and tennis. He is also an avid traveler, witnessing how humans are transforming landscapes but also taking great pleasure in seeing the natural wonders of the world.
Former MA student Chelsea Mikle wrote a paper on low impact development which was recently accepted in Landscape and Urban Planning.
Dr. Koch received her Ph.D. in Environmental Systems Engineering from the University of Kassel, Germany, where she developed an application of the LandSHIFT land-use and land-cover change model for the Jordan River region. Dr. Koch also holds a Diplom (Univ.) in Geoecology from the University of Bayreuth, Germany, where she studied ecological modeling and agricultural ecology. Before joining the University of Oklahoma, she was involved in several interdisciplinary research projects such as the Forest, People, Fire project, which focused on interactions, dynamics and adaptation in fire-prone landscapes of the eastern Cascades of Oregon or the GLOWA Jordan River project, which provided scientific support for sustainable water management in the Jordan River region. Dr. Koch’s primary research interest is in the development of integrated approaches for modeling and analysis of coupled human-natural systems with applications for natural resource management, conservation planning, and sustainability solutions. For this purpose, she applies a set of different approaches such as integrated environmental simulation models (agent-based, cellular automata, system dynamics, process-based), modeling of land-use changes on various spatial scales, participatory modeling and scenario development, and alternative futures analysis. Dr. Koch is also involved in the Oklahoma NSF EPSCoR project, were she works on spatially explicit, integrated modeling of land-use and land cover change in Oklahoma under climate variability and change.
Our New Zealand work was presented at the AGU Fall Meeting 2014 and written up for the AGU blog. See the link here:
Dorning MA, Koch J, Shoemaker DA, Meentemeyer RK. 2015. Simulating urbanization scenarios reveals tradeoffs between conservation planning strategies. Landscape and Urban Planning 136:28-39.
Jason Julian explains his research at the US Embassy in Wellington, NZ.
See the interview here!
Former student Trung Tran published first article from his dissertation.
Tran TV, Julian JP, de Beurs, KM. 2014. Land Cover Heterogeneity Effects on Sub-Pixel and Per-Pixel Classifications. ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 3, no. 2: 540-553.
- Spies TA, White EM, Kline JD, Fischer PA, Ager AA, Bolte JP, Koch J, Platt EK, Olsen CS, Jacobs D, Shindler B, Steen-Adams M, Hammer, R. 2014 Examining fire-prone forest landscapes as coupled human and natural systems. Ecology & Society 19(3):9.
- Boone CG, Redman CL, Blanco H, Haase D, Koch J, Lwasa S, Nagendra H, Pauleit S, Pickett STA, Seto KC, Yokohari M. 2014. Reconceptualizing Land for Sustainable Urbanity. In Seto, K.C. and A. Reenberg (eds.) Rethinking Global Land Use in an Urban Era, MIT Press, pp. 313-332.
- Wikle TA. and Fagin TD. 2014. Hard and Soft Skills in Preparing GIS Professionals: Comparing Perceptions of Employers and Educators. Transactions in GIS. DOI: 10.1111/tgis.12126
- Fagin TD and Hoagland BW. 2014. A Landscape in Transition: The Historic Vegetation of the Arbuckle Mountains, Oklahoma USA, 1870 to 1898. Professional Geographer. 66(3): 456-467.
- Wright CK, de Beurs KM, Henebry GM. 2014. Land surface anomalies preceding the 2010 Russian heat wave and a link to the North Atlantic oscillation. Environmental Research Letters 9 (12).
**Morzillo AT, de Beurs KM, and Martin-Mikle CJ. 2014. A conceptual framework to evaluate human-wildlife interactions within coupled human and natural systems. Ecology and Society 19 (3): 44.
- **Tran TV, Julian JP, de Beurs, KM. 2014. Land Cover Heterogeneity Effects on Sub-Pixel and Per-Pixel Classifications. ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 3, no. 2: 540-553.
- ** Walker, J., de Beurs, K.M., Wynne, R.H. 2014. Dryland vegetation phenology across an elevation gradient in Arizona, USA, investigated with fused MODIS and Landsat data. Remote Sensing of Environment 144: 85-97.
- Julian JP, Gardner RH. 2014. Land cover effects on runoff patterns in eastern Piedmont (USA) watersheds. Hydrological Processes 28: 1525-1538.
T. R. Ault, G. M. Henebry, K. M. de Beurs, M. D. Schwartz, J. L. Betancourt and D. Moore
Article first published online: 14 MAY 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/2013EO200001