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Janet Franklin

Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5302
Regents' Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5302
Biography

Currently Janet Franklin is an Adjuct Professor in the Schools of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at Arizona State University. She held a position as professor in the school from 2009-2017, and from 2015-2017 held the title of Regents' Professor.  From 1988-2009 she was on the faculties of Geography and Biology at San Diego State University.

Janet Franklin's research is focused on in the dynamics of terrestrial (land) plant communities at the landscape scale. Her work addresses the impacts of human-caused landscape change on the environment.  Human land use -- agriculture and urbanization -- and other large-scale human impacts such as global warming, and the introduction of exotic species, often interact with natural disturbance regimes such as fire, flooding and hurricanes, to shape plant community dynamics (succession). How resilient are ecological communities to these impacts?  Terrestrial plant communities are important elements of regional biodiversity and provide essential habitat for more charismatic animal and rare plant species.

She has taught geography of natural resources, plant geography, landscape ecology, fire ecology and species distribution modeling. She has chaired more than 20 Masters committees and six doctoral committees, and served on many others. She was the Editor of The Professional Geographer (1997-2000), a Board Member for Landscape Ecology and Ecology/Ecological Monographs, and Associate Editor of Journal of Vegetation Science. She is currently serving on the Editorial Boards of Ecological Applications, Diversity & Distributions and Ecography. She has published more than 100 refereed book chapters and papers in journals including International Journal of Remote Sensing, Remote Sensing of Environment, Ecological Applications, Ecological Modelling, Journal of Vegetation Science, Ecology, Plant Ecology, Journal of Biogeography, Journal of Tropical Ecology, and Global Change Biology. She has received research support from  NSF, NASA,USGS, the USDA Forest Service, California State Parks, National Geographic Society, and others.

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Education

1988 - Ph.D. (Geography) University of California, Santa Barbara
1983 - M.A. (Geography) University of California, Santa Barbara
1979 - B.A. (Environmental Biology) University of California, Santa Barbara

Research Interests

Landscape ecology, terrestrial plant ecology, vegetation science, biogeography, conservation ecology, biophysical remote sensing of terrestrial ecosystems, geographic information science.

Publications
  •  Mayer, A.L., Buma, B., Davis, A., Gagné, S.A., Krawchuk, M., Loudermilk, E.L., Scheller, R., Schmiegelow, F., Wiersma, Y., Franklin, J., IN PRESS, Landscape ecology’s contribution to global change science and policy, BioScience

  • McCullough, I.M., Davis, F.W., Dingman, J.*, Flint, L.E., Flint, A.L., Serra-Diaz, J. M.*, Syphard, A.D., Moritz, M.A., Hannah, L., Franklin, J., IN PRESS, High and dry: high elevations disproportionately exposed to regional climate change in Mediterranean-climate landscapes, Landscape Ecology  doi: 10.1007/s10980-015-0318-x.

  • Serra-Diaz, J. M.*, Franklin, J., Sweet, L.*, Syphard, A. D., Dingman, J., McCullough, I., Syphard, A. D., Regan, H. M., Davis, F. W., Flint, A., Flint, L., Moritz, M. A., and Hannah, L., IN PRESS, Averaged 30-year climate change projections mask opportunities for species establishment. Ecography  doi: 10.1111/ecog.02074.

  • Serra-Diaz, J. M.*, Franklin, J., Dillon, W. W., Syphard, A. D., Davis, F. W. and Meentemeyer, R. K., IN PRESS, Local and range-wide signals of tree regenerations shifts diverge across species and within species range. Global Ecology and Biogeography DOI: 10.1111/geb.12396.

  • Franklin, J., Serra-Diaz, J.M.*, Syphard, A.D., Regan, H.M., 2016, Global change and terrestrial plant community dynamics, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 113(14): 3725-3734 www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1519911113

  • Dong, X., Grimm, N., Ogle, K, and Franklin, J., 2016, Temporal variability in hydrology modifies the influence of geomorphology on wetland distribution along a desert stream. Journal of Ecology 104:18-30. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12450.

  • Steadman, D.W., Albury, N.A., Kakuk, B., Mead J.I., Soto-Centeno, J.A., Singleton H.M., Franklin, J., 2015, Vertebrate life on an ice-age Caribbean island. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 112(44):E5963-E5971 doi:10.1073/pnas.1516490112.

  • Keith, D. A., J. P. Rodríguez, T. M. Brooks, M. A. Burgman, E. Barrow, K. Boe, P. Comer, J. Franklin, J. Link, M. A. McCarthy, R. Miller, N. Murray, J. Nel, E. Nicholson, M. Oliveira-Miranda, T. J. Regan, K. M. Rodríguez-Clark, M. Rouget and M. D. Spalding, 2015, The IUCN Red List of Ecosystems: Motivations, Challenges, and Applications (Policy Perspective), Conservation Letters 8(3):214-216 doi: 10.1111/conl.12167
  • Ripplinger, J., Franklin, J. and Edwards, T. C., Jr., 2015, Legacies of managed disturbance alter composition and diversity of semi-arid sagebrush steppe plant communities.  Journal of Vegetation Science 26(5):923-933. DOI 10.1111/jvs.12293.
  •  Shook, E., Wren, C.*, Marean, C.W., Potts, A.J., Franklin, J., Engelbrecht, F., O’Neal, D., Janssen, M., Fisher, E., Hill, K., Esler, K.J., Cowling, R.M., 2015, Paleoscape Model of Coastal South Africa During Modern Human Origins: Progress in Scaling and Coupling Climate, Vegetation, and Agent-based Models on XSEDE, Proceedings XSEDE15 DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2792745.2792747 ISBN 978-1-4503-3720-5/15/07  https://conferences.xsede.org/
  •  Reuda-Cediel, P., Anderson, K. E., Regan, H. M., Regan, T. J. and Franklin, J., 2015, Tradeoffs between model choice, data quality and quantity when estimating population trends and extinction risk. PLoS One 10(7):e0132255. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0132255
  •  Franklin, J., Ripplinger, J., Freid, E., Marcano-Vega, H. and Steadman, D.W., 2015, Regional variation in Caribbean dry forest tree species composition. Plant Ecology 216(6): 873-886. DOI 10.1007/s11258-015-0474-8.
  • Serra-Diaz, J. M.*, Scheller, R. M., Syphard, A. D. and Franklin, J., 2015, Disturbance and climate microrefugia mediate tree range shifts during climate change, Landscape Ecology 30:1039-1063. DOI 10.1007/s10980-015-0173-9
  • Marean, C.W., Anderson, R.J., Bar-Matthews, M., Braun, K., Cawthra, H.C., Cowling, R.M., Engelbrecht, F., Esler, K.J., Fisher, E., Franklin, J., Hill, K., Janssen, M., Potts, A.J.*, Zahn, R., 2015, A new research strategy for integrating studies of climate, environment, and paleoanthropology, Evolutionary Anthropology 24:62-72. DOI 10.1002/evan.21443
  •  Conlisk, E.*, Syphard, A. D., Franklin, J., and Regan, H. M., 2015, Predicting the impact of fire on a vulnerable multi-species community using a dynamic vegetation model, Ecological Modelling 301:27-39. doi:10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2015.02.004
  • Franklin, J., Potts, A.J.*, Fisher, E.C., Cowling, R.M. and Marean, C.W., 2015, Paleodistribution modeling in archaeology and paleoanthropology, Quaternary Science Reviews 110:1-14.  10.1016/j.quascirev.2014.12.015.
  •  Steadman, D. W. and Franklin, J., 2015, Changes in a West Indian bird community since the late Pleistocene, Journal of Biogeography 42:426-438. doi:10.1111/jbi.12418
  •  Myint, S.W., Franklin, J., Buenemann, M., Kim, W.K. and Giri, C.P., 2014, Examining change detection approaches for tropical mangrove monitoring, Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing 80(10):983-993. DOI: 10.14358/PERS.80.10.983
  • Browning, D. M., Franklin, J., Archer, S. R., Gillan, J.K. and Guertin, P., 2014, Spatial patterns of grassland-shrubland state transitions: a 74 year record on grazed and protected areas. Ecological Applications 24(6):1421-1433 http://dx.doi.org/10.1890/13-2033.
  • Bonebrake, T. C.*, A. D. Syphard, J. Franklin, K. E. Anderson, T. Mizerek, H. R. Akçakaya, C. Winchell, and H. M. Regan, 2014, Fire management, managed relocation and land conservation options for long-lived obligate seeding plants under global change, Conservation Biology 28(4):1057-1067. DOI: 10.1111/cobi.12253
  • Beltrán, B., Franklin, J., Syphard, A. D., Regan, H. M., Flint, L. E. and Flint, A. L., 2014, Effects of climate change and urban development on the distribution and conservation of plant functional types in a Mediterranean-type ecosystem, International Journal of Geographic Information Science 28(8):1561-1589. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13658816.2013.846472  (3rd Special Issue on Spatial Ecology)
  • Franklin, J., Regan, H. M., Syphard, A. D., 2014, Linking spatially explicit species distribution and population models to plan for the persistence of species under global change, Environmental Conservation 41(2):97-109. doi:10.1017/S0376892913000453 http://journals.cambridge.org/repo_A90ZTsCA (Special Thematic Section: Spatial Simulation Models in Planning for Resilience)
  •  Steadman, D. W., Albury, N. A., Maillis, P., Mead, J. I., Slapcinsky, J. D., Krysko, K. J., Singleton, H. M. and Franklin, J., 2014, Late Holocene faunal and landscape change in the Bahamas, The Holocene 24(2) 220–23.  DOI: 10.1177/0959683613516819
  • Serra-Diaz, J. M., Franklin, J., Ninyerola, M., Davis, F. W., Syphard, A. D., Regan, H. M. and Ikegami, M.*, 2014, Bioclimatic velocity: the pace of species exposure to climate change, Diversity & Distributions 20:169-180.  DOI: 10.1111/ddi.12131 
  • Franklin, J., 2013, Species distribution models in conservation biogeography: developments and challenges (Introduction to the Virtual Issue on Species Distribution Modeling), Diversity and Distributions 19:1217-1223. DOI: 10.1111/ddi.12125
  • Franklin, J. and Steadman, D. W., 2013, The winter bird communities in pine woodland vs. broadleaf forest on Abaco, The Bahamas, Caribbean Naturalist 3:1-18. http://www.eaglehill.us/CANAonline/cana-n3-2013.shtml
  • Dingman, J.*, Sweet, L.*, McCullough, I., Davis, F.W., Flint, A., Franklin, J., and Flint, L., 2013, Cross-scale modeling of surface temperature and seedling establishment to improve projections of tree species distribution shifts under climate change, Ecological Processes  2:30. DOI: 10.1186/2192-1709-2-30 http://www.ecologicalprocesses.com/content/2/1/30/abstract
  • Syphard, A. D., Regan, H. M., Franklin, J., Swab, R., 2013, Does functional type vulnerability to multiple threats depend on spatial context in Mediterranean-climate regions? Diversity & Distributions 19:1263-1274. DOI: 10.1111/ddi.12076.
  • Franklin, J., G. Keppel, E. L. Webb, S. J. Rey, J. O. Seamon, S. K. Wiser, D. R. Drake, and D. W. Steadman, 2013, Dispersal limitations, speciation, environmental filtering and niche differentiation influence forest tree communities in West Polynesia. Journal of Biogeography 40:988-999. doi:10.1111/jbi.12038.
  • Hamada, Y., Stow, D. A., Roberts, D. A., Franklin, J., and Kyriakidis, P. C. 2013, Assessing and monitoring semi-arid shrublands using object-based image analysis and Multiple Endmember Spectral Mixture Analysis, Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 185(4):3173-3190.  DOI 10.1007/s10661-012-2781-z.
  • Lippitt, C. C., Stow, D. A., O’Leary, J. F. and Franklin, J., 2013, Influence of short-interval fire occurrence on post-fire recovery of fire prone shrublands in California, USA. International Journal of Wildland Fire 22(2):184-193. http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/WF10099.
  • Peterson, S., Franklin, J., Roberts, D., van Wagtendonk, J., 2013, Mapping fire fuels in Yosemite National Park. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 43(1):7-17. 10.1139/cjfr-2012-0213.
  • Conlisk, E., Syphard, A. D., Franklin, J., Flint, L., Flint, A., and Regan, H. M. Management implications of uncertainty in assessing impacts of multiple landscape-scale threats to species persistence using a linked modeling approach. Global Change Biology (2013).

  • Franklin, J., Davis, F. W., Ikagami, M.*, Syphard, A. D., Flint, A., Flint, L. and Hannah, L. Modeling plant species distributions under future climates: how fine-scale do climate models need to be?. Global Change Biology (2013).
  • Franklin, J., G. Keppel, E. L. Webb, S. J. Rey, J. O. Seamon, S. K. Wiser, D. R. Drake, and D. W. Steadman. Dispersal limitations, speciation, environmental filtering and niche differentiation influence forest tree communities in West Polynesia. Journal of Biogeography (2013).
  • Hamada, Y., Stow, D. A., Roberts, D. A., Franklin, J., and Kyriakidis, P. C. Assessing and monitoring semi-arid shrublands using object-based image analysis and Multiple Endmember Spectral Mixture Analysis. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment (2013).
  • Lippitt, C. C., Stow, D. A., O’Leary, J. F. and Franklin, J. Influence of short-interval fire occurrence on post-fire recovery of fire prone shrublands in California, USA. International Journal of Wildland Fire (2013).
  • Peterson, S., Franklin, J., Roberts, D., van Wagtendonk, J. Mapping fire fuels in Yosemite National Park. Canadian Journal of Forest Research (2013).
  • Potts, A. J., Hedderson, T. A., Franklin, J. and Cowling, R. M. The Last Glacial Maximum distribution of South African Subtropical Thicket. Journal of Biogeography (2013).
  • Conlisk, E., Lawson, D., Syphard, A. D., Franklin, J., Flint, A., Flint, L., Regan, H. M. The roles of dispersal, fecundity, and predation in the population viability of an oak species (Quercus engelmannii) under global change. PLoS One (2012).
  • Regan, H. M., Syphard, A. D., Franklin, J., Swab, R. Markovchick-Nicholls, L., Flint, A. L., Flint, L. E. and Zedler, P. H. Evaluation of assisted colonization strategies under climate change for a rare, fire-dependent plant. Global Change Biology (2012).
  • Blodgett, N., Stow, D. A., Hope, A. and Franklin, J.,. Effect of fire weather, fuel age and topography on patterns of remnant vegetation following a large fire event in southern California, USA. International Journal of Wildland Fire (2010).
  • Franklin, J. Vegetation dynamics and exotic plant invasion following high severity crown fire in a southern California conifer forest. Plant Ecology (2010).
  • Franklin, J., and D. W. Steadman. Forest plant and bird communities in the Lau Group, Fiji. PLoS One (2010).
  • Lawson, D. M., Regan, H. M., Zedler, P. H. and Franklin, J.,. Cumulative effects of land use, altered fire regime and climate change on persistence of Ceanothus verrucosus, a rare, fire-dependent plant species. Global Change Biology (2010).
  • Regan, H. M., Crookston, J. B., Swab, R., Franklin, J., and Lawson, D. M. Habitat fragmentation and altered fire regime create trade-offs for an obligate seeding shrub. Ecology (2010).
  • Syphard, A. D. and Franklin, J. Species’ functional type affects the accuracy of species distribution models for plants in southern California. Journal of Vegetation Science (2010).
  • Franklin, J. Spatial point pattern analysis of plants. Perspectives on spatial data analysis (2010).
  • Keeley, J. E., Franklin, J., and D’Antonio, C. Fire and invasive plants on California landscapes. The Landscape Ecology of Fire (2010).
  • Miller, J. and J. Franklin. Explicitly incorporating spatial dependence in predictive vegetation models in the form of explanatory variables: A Mojave desert case study. Handbook of applied spatial analysis (2010).
  • Franklin, J. and Knapp, D. A. Habitat relationships and potential restoration sites for Quercus pacifica and Q. tomentella on Catalina Island. Knapp, D. A. (ed.), Oak Ecosystem Restoration on Catalina Island, California. Proceedings of an On-island Workshop 2-4 Feb 2007, Catalina Island Conservancy, Avalon, CA (2010).
  • Franklin, Janet, Wejnert, K., Hathaway, S., Rochester, C. and Fisher, R. Effect of species rarity on the accuracy of species distribution models for reptiles and amphibians in southern California. Diversity and Distributions (2009).
  • Keeley, J. E., Safford, H., Fotheringham, C.J., Franklin, J., and Moritz, M. The 2007 Southern California wildfires: Lessons in complexity. Journal of Forestry (2009).
  • Lewison, R. L., Soykan, C. and Franklin, Janet. Mapping the bycatch seascape: Multi-species and multi-scale spatial patterns of fisheries bycatch. Ecological Applications (2009).
  • Syphard, A. D. and Franklin, Janet. Differences in spatial predictions among species distribution modeling methods vary with species traits and environmental predictors. Ecography (2009).
  • FRANKIN, Janet. Mapping Species Distributions: Spatial Inference and Prediction. (2009).
Research Activity
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
GPH 422Plant Geography
BIO 430Plant Geography
GPH 598Special Topics
GPH 792Research
GPH 799Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
GPH 792Research
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
PLB 422Plant Geography
GPH 422Plant Geography
GCU 585Geog Resrch Dsgn & Propsal Wtg
GPH 598Special Topics
PUP 724Planning Methods
GPH 792Research
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
GPH 592Research
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
GPH 422Plant Geography
PLB 422Plant Geography
GPH 592Research
GPH 598Special Topics
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
GPH 592Research
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
PLB 422Plant Geography
GPH 422Plant Geography
GCU 585Geog Resrch Dsgn & Propsal Wtg
GPH 598Special Topics
PUP 724Planning Methods
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
GPH 422Plant Geography
PLB 422Plant Geography
GPH 598Special Topics
Presentations
  • Davis, F.W., Franklin, J., Ikegami, M., Syphard, A., Flint, A., Hannah, L. Modeling plant species distributions under future climates: how fine-scale do climate models need to be?. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA (Dec 2010).
  • Syphard. A., H. Regan, J. Franklin, R. Swab and P. Zedler. framework for assessing climate mitigation and adaptation strategies. Workshop on Bridging the Gap: Downscaling Climate Models to Inform Management Actions (Nov 2010).
  • Syphard. A., H. Regan, J. Franklin, R. Swab and P. Zedler. A framework for assessing climate mitigation and adaptation strategies, Workshop on Bridging the Gap: Downscaling Climate Models to Inform Management Actions, CA Department of Fish & Game, US Geological Survey, and US Fish and Wildlife Service, Sacramento, CA, 3 Nov. Workshop on Bridging the Gap: Downscaling Climate Models to Inform Management Actions, CA Departmen (Nov 2010).
  • Lawson, D. M., H. M. Regan, P. H. Zedler and J. Franklin. Evaluating the effect of climate change, altered fire regimes and habitat loss on Ceanothus verrucosus. Society for Conservation Biology 24th International Congress for Conservation Biology, Edmonton, Alb (Jul 2010).
  • Franklin, J. Pervasive effects of human legacies on the dynamics of small island tropical forest communities. International Meeting of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation, Bali, Indonesia (Jul 2010).
  • Syphard, A., J. Franklin and H. Regan. Does translocation of a rare fire dependent plant mitigate the effects of climate change?. Tecate Cypress Symposium, The Nature Conservancy and the Bureau of Land Management, Rancho Jamul Eco (Jun 2010).
  • Syphard, A., J. Franklin and H. Regan. Does translocation of a rare fire dependent plant mitigate the effects of climate change?. Tecate Cypress Symposium, The Nature Conservancy and the Bureau of Land Management (Jun 2010).
  • Franklin J. and D. W. Steadman. Patterns of habitat use by migrant and resident landbirds on Abaco. Abaco Science Alliance Conference. Marsh Harbor, The Bahamas, 7-9 Jan 2010 (Jan 2010).
  • Lawson, D. M., H. M. Regan, J. Franklin and P. Zedler. Evaluating the effects of climate change on population demographics of Ceanothus verrucosus. Special Symposium on Adaptive Climate Change Strategies. 2nd European Congress of Conservation Biology, Prague, CZ (Sep 2009).
  • Browning, D. M., S. R. Archer, J. Franklin, and D. P. Guertin. Does livestock grazing influence spatial patterns of woody plant proliferation?. Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, Albuquerque, NM (Aug 2009).
  • Syphard, A. D., J. Franklin, H. M. Regan, and D. M. Lawson. Expanding the evaluation of species distribution models to guide their assessment of climate impacts, Symposium on Climate Change Impacts on Species Distributions. Society for Conservation GIS Annual Meeting, Big Bear Lake, CA (Jul 2009).
  • Syphard, A. D. and J. Franklin. Evaluating species distribution models to guide the assessment of climate impacts. Climate Change Congress: "Global Risks, Challenges and Decisions", University of Copenhagen (Mar 2009).
  • Guilliams, C. L., J. Franklin and A. D. Syphard. Species distribution modeling of the rare manzanita, Arctostaphylos rainbowensis, and implications for conservation of the species in southern California. California Native Plant Society Conservation Conference: Strategies and Solutions, Sacramento, CA (Jan 2009).
Honors / Awards

2016 - Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
2015 - Fellow, Ecological Society of America
2015 - Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
2014 - Member, National Academy of Sciences
2008 - Erasmus Mundus (European Union Education and Training), Visiting Scholar Program, GEM : Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation for Environmental Modelling and Management Masters Course, International Institute for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), Enschede, The Netherlands
2005 - Women in Science, Distinguished Visitor Program, School of Biological, Environmental and Ecological Sciences (BEES), University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
2001 - Recognition of appreciation for outstanding service to the Association of American Geographers as Editor of The Professional Geographer

Service
  • Ecography, Subject Matter Editor (2010 - 2013)
  • Environmental Life Sciences Doctoral Program Steering Committee, Member (2009 - 2012)
  • Ecology and Ecological Monographs, Ecological Society of America, Subject Matter Editor (2006 - 2012)
  • International Association of Landscape Ecology (US Chapter US-IALE), 2010-2012, Chair, Meeting Site Selection Committ (2010 - 2012)
  • International Association of Landscape Ecology (US Chapter US-IALE), 2010-2012, Councillor-at-Large, Executive Committee (2010 - 2012)
  • Diversity and Distributions, Subject Matter Editor (2008 - 2011)
  • Graduate Policy Committee, Member (2010 - 2011)
  • Faculty Search Committee (geographic information science), member (2010 - 2011)
  • Various journals, reviewer in 2010 (2010 - 2010)
  • Faculty Search Committee (urban climatology), Member (2009 - 2010)
  • Tenure and Promotion Committee, Member (2009 - 2010)
  • International Association of Landscape Ecology (US Chapter US-IALE), 2008-2010, Member, Meeting Site Selection Committee (2008 - 2010)
  • High Tech High Charter High School, San Diego, CA, Volunteer Judge, Annual Science Fair (2008 - 2009)
  • Div. Graduate and Research Affairs, San Diego State University, Judge, Student Research Symposium (2009 - 2009)