My primary research interest is to study global environmental change by understanding the connections that link ecosystem structure with ecological function. I am particularly interested in developing and applying remote sensing techniques to study 1) exchanges of trace gases (e.g. carbon dioxide and water vapor) by vegetation canopies, 2) relationships between vegetation structure and wildlife habitat, and 3) the implications of land use and land cover change on ecological structure and function. I also strive to make cutting-edge discoveries in earth system science accessible and relevant to K-12 school children and have led the creation of an elementary earth system science curriculum. I am fortunate to have a beautiful family, and my hobbies include bike touring, music, swimming, alternative energy sources and remodeling old things.
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Vierling, L. A., Martinuzzi, S.,Asner, G.P., Stoker, J., and Johnson, B.R. (2011). Lidar: providing structure. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 9(5): 261-262.doi:10.1890/11.WB.009.
Vierling, K.T., Bässler, C., Brandl, R., Vierling, L.A., Weiß, I., and Müller, J. (2011). Spinning a laser web: predicting spider community characteristics using lidar. Ecological Applications, doi: 10.1890/09-2155.1.
Garrity, S.R.*, Vierling, L.A., and Bickford, K.* (2010). A simple filtered photodiode instrument for continuous measurement of narrowband NDVI and PRI. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology. 150(3): 489-496. doi:10.1016/j.agrformet.2010.01.004.
Strand, E. K.*, L. A. Vierling, A. M. S. Smith, and S. C. Bunting (2008), Net changes in aboveground woody carbon stock in western juniper woodlands, 1946-1998, J. Geophys. Res.-Biogeosciences, 113, G01013.
Vierling, K. T.†, Vierling, L. A.†, Gould, W., Martinuzzi, S.*, Clawges, R.* (2008). Lidar: Shedding new light on habitat characterization and modeling. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 6(2): 90-98. doi: 10.1890/070001. († = equal first authorship).