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.
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
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 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
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-)
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