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Gregory Asner

  •  Center for Global Discovery and Conservation Science 1001 S. McAllister Ave   Tempe
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5302
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5302

Greg Asner is the director of ASU's Center for Global Discovery and Conservation Science. He serves on the faculty of the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning and the School of Earth and Space Exploration. Greg is an ecologist recognized for his exploratory and applied research on ecosystems and climate change at regional to global scales. His research spans the areas of spatial ecology and biodiversity, terrestrial carbon cycle, animal-habitat interactions, and climate change. He develops scientific approaches and technologies for investigation and conservation assessments of large ecoregions. Greg has published hundreds of scientific articles and has served in numerous national and international programs with NASA, the U.S. State Department, and the United Nations. He is a recipient of multiple scientific and sustainability awards and is an elected member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.

Honors / Awards

The Heinz Award for the Environment, 2017

Batseva Fellow, Israeli Academy of Sciences and Humanities, 2017

Pongo Environment Award, 2017

Elected Fellow, Ecological Society of America, 2016

Elected Fellow, American Geophysical Union, 2015

IFOF Honoree Award in Aviation, 2015

Association for American Geographers Outstanding Contributions Award, 2014

Nominet Trust 100 Award for Social Innovation, 2014

Elected to U.S. National Academy of Sciences, 2013

Popular Science Magazine Brilliant Ten Award, 2007

Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), 2000

NASA Early Career Award, 2000 NASA Group Achievement Award, 1999

NASA Earth System Science Fellowship, 1996-1998

NSF Biosphere-Atmosphere Interactions Fellowship, 1996-1998

W.M. Keck Foundation Fellowship Award, 1995-1996

Mabel Duncan Conservation Biology Award, 1999


Editorial Board Member; Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2014 to present

Editorial Board Member; Remote Sensing for Ecology and Conservation, 2017 to present

Professional Associations

American Geophysical Union

American Association for the Advancement of Science

Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation

Ecological Society of America

International Society for Reef Studies

Organization for Tropical Studies

U.S. National Academy of Sciences

Graduate Faculties / Mentoring History

Graduate student advisees

Name (year, degree), current employer

David Lobell (2003, PhD), Stanford U.              Roberta Martin (2003, PhD), Arizona State U.

Thomas Harris (2003, MS), Planet Inc.              Charles Wheeler (2004, MS), U. Arizona

Timothy Varga (2007, MS), Climate Pol. Inst.   John Clark (2009, MS), Google Inc.

Matthew Colgan (2012, PhD), Blue River Tech  Kyla Dahlin (2012, PhD), Michigan State U.

Eben Broadbent (2013, PhD), U. Florida            Angelica Almeyda (2013, PhD), U. Florida      

Kelly McManus (2016, PhD), Stanford U.         Dana Chadwick (2016, PhD), Stanford U.

Christa Anderson (2018, PhD), WWF               Rebecca Niemiec (2018, PhD), Colorado State U.

Elsa Ordway (2018, PhD), Harvard U.               Emily Francis

Rachel Engstrand                                              Rachel Carlson


Post-doctoral advisees

Name (years in lab), current employer

Sharon Hall (1999-01), Arizona State U.                        Jeffrey Hicke (2000-03), U. Idaho

Lydia Olander (2003-04), Duke U.                                Andrew Elmore (2003-04), U. Maryland

Roberta Martin (2004-06), Carnegie Institution              Natalie Boelman (2005-06), Columbia U.

Maoyi Huang (2005-08), Pacific NW Nat. Lab.              Choying Huang (2006-08), Taiwan Nat U.

Chris Doughty (2008-10), Northern Arizona U.              Shaun Levick (2008-10), CSIRO, Australia

Scott Loarie (2008-10), Cal Acad. Sciences                   Jim Kellner (2008-11), Brown U.

Joseph Mascaro (2010-13), Planet Labs                         Jean-Baptiste Féret (2010-13), U. Montpellier

Nick Vaughn (2012-13), Carnegie Institution                 Mark Higgins (2011-14), USAID

Claire Baldeck (2012-15), Yale U.                                 Paulo Brando (2013-15), Woods Hole R.C.

David Marvin (2014-2016), The Nature Conservancy     Jomar Barbosa (2014-2016), U. of Madrid

Tarin Paz-Kagan (2016-2017), U. Tel Aviv                    Dana Chadwick (2016-2017), Stanford U.

Andrew Davies (2014-2019), Harvard U.                       Chris Balzotti (2015-2018), ASU         

Luke Evans (2016-)                                                      Fredrick Draper (2016-)                       

Philip Brodrick (2016-)                                                Jiwei Li (2018-)                                   

James Askew (2018-)                                                   Pramukta Kumar (2018-)                     

Shawna Foo (2018-)                                                     Ovidiu Csillik (2018-)

Work History

2018 - 2019     Senior Staff Scientist, Dept of Global Ecology, Carnegie Institution for Science

2017 -              Research Professor (adjunct), Department of Biology, Wake Forest University

2007 -              Professor (crtsy.), Earth System Science, Stanford University

2002 -              Professor (crtsy.), Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Envir. and Resources, Stanford

2001 - 2017     Staff Scientist, Dept of Global Ecology, Carnegie Institution for Science

2004 - 2007     Assoc Professor (crtsy.), Geological & Envir. Sciences, Stanford University

2001 - 2004     Asst Professor (crtsy.), Geological & Envir. Sciences, Stanford University

1999 - 2001     Asst Professor, Geological Sciences & Envir. Studies, University of Colorado

1998 - 1999     Postdoctoral Fellow, Geological & Envir. Sciences, Stanford University

1996 - 1998     Visiting Scientist, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder Colorado