University of Idaho - I Banner
students walk on University of Idaho campus

Visit U of I

Learn about the many reasons the University of Idaho could be a perfect fit for you. Schedule Your Visit

Parents on campus during orientation

Homecoming Oct. 14 - 21

Join other Vandal families for a week of celebration and Vandal traditions. View Calendar

campus full of students

U of I Retirees Association

UIRA has a membership of nearly 500 from every part of the University. Learn about UIRA

Contact Us

College of Natural Resources

Physical Address:
975 W. 6th Street
Moscow, Idaho

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1138
Moscow, ID 83844-1138

Phone: 208-885-8981

Fax: 208-885-5534

Email: cnr@uidaho.edu

Web: College of Natural Resources

google maps location

Arjan Meddens

Arjan Meddens, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor of Environmental Science

Office

CNR 17D

Phone

208-885-7428

Mailing Address

Department of Natural Resources and Society
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1139
Moscow ID 83844-1136

Degrees

  • 2012 Ph.D., University of Idaho (United States) Environmental Science Program
  • 2007 M.Sc.,Wageningen University (The Netherlands) GIS and Remote Sensing
  • 2004 B.Sc.,Wageningen University (The Netherlands) Forest and Nature Conservation

Research Interests

  • Forest ecology
  • Carbon cycling
  • Remote sensing
  • Global change
  • Forest disturbances (bark beetles and wildfires)

  • Kautz, M., Anthoni, P., Meddens, A.J.H., Pugh T.A.M., and Arneth, A. (accepted). Simulating the recent impacts of multiple biotic disturbances on forest carbon cycling across the United States. Global Change Biology.
  • Bright, B.C., Hudak, A.T., Meddens, A.J.H., Hawbaker, T., Briggs, J., & Kennedy, R. (2017). Prediction of Forest Canopy and Surface Fuels from Lidar and Satellite Time Series Data in a Bark Beetle-Affected Forest. Forests, 8, 322.
  • Berner, L.T., Law, B.E., Meddens, A.J.H., & Hicke, J.A. (2017). Tree mortality from fires, bark beetles, and timber harvest during a hot and dry decade in the western United States (2003–2012). Environmental Research Letters, 12, 065005.
  • Baker, E. Painter, T.H., Schneider D., Meddens A.J.H., Hicke, J.A., and Molotch, N.P. (2017). Quantifying insect-related forest mortality with the remote sensing of snow. Remote Sensing of Environment, 188, 26-36.
  • Kautz, M., Meddens, A.J.H., Hall, R.J., and Arneth, A. (2017). Biotic disturbances in Northern Hemisphere forests–a synthesis of recent data, uncertainties and implications for forest monitoring and modelling. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 26, 533-552.
  • Meddens, A.J.H., Kolden, C.A., and Lutz, J.A. (2016). Detecting unburned areas within wildfire perimeters using Landsat and ancillary data across the northwestern United States. Remote Sensing of Environment, 186, 275-285
  • Meddens, A.J.H., Hicke, J.A. and Jacobs, B.F. (2016). Characterizing the response of piñon-juniper woodlands to mechanical restoration using high-resolution satellite imagery. Rangeland Ecology and Management, 69, 215-223.
  • Hicke, J. A., Meddens A.J.H., Allen C.D., and Kolden C.A. (2016). Recent tree mortality in the western United States from bark beetles and forest fires. Forest Science, 62(2), 141-153.
  • Biederman, J.A., Somor, A.J., Harpold, A.A., Gutmann, E., Breshears, D.D., Troch, P.A., Gochis, D.J., Scott, R.L., Meddens, A.J.H., and Brooks, P.D. (2015). Tree die-off has little effect on streamflow in contrast to expected increases from historical studies. Water Resources Research, 51, 9775-9789.
  • Meddens, A.J.H., Hicke, J.A., Macalady, A.K., Buotte, P.C., and Cowles, T.R., (2015). Patterns and causes of recent observed piñon pine mortality in the southwestern United States. New Phytologist, 206, 91-97.
  • Klos, P.Z., Abatzoglou, J.T., Bean, A., Blades, J., Clark, M.A., Dodd, M., Hall, T.E., Haruch, A., Higuera, P.E., Holbrook, J.D., Jansen, V.S., Kemp, K., Lankford, A., Link, T.E., Magney, T., Meddens, A.J.H., Mitchell, L., Moore, B., Morgan, P., Newingham, B.A., Niemeyer, R.J., Soderquist, B., Suazo, A.A., Vierling, K.T., Walden, V., and Walsh, C. (2015). Indicators of Climate Change in Idaho: An Assessment Framework for Coupling Biophysical Change and Social Perception. Weather, Climate, and Society, 7, 238-254
  • Chen, F., Zhang, G., Barlage, M., Zhang, Y., Hicke, J.A., Meddens, A.J.H., Zhou, G., Massman, W.J., and Frank, J., (2015). An observational and modeling study of impacts of bark beetle-caused tree mortality on surface energy and hydrological cycles. Journal of Hydrometeorology, 16, 744–761.
  • McDowell, N.G., Coops, N.C., Beck, P., Chambers, J.Q., Gangodagamage, C., Hicke, J.A., Huang, C., Kennedy, R., Krofcheck, D., Litvak, M., Meddens, A.J.H., Muss, J., Negrón-Juarez, R., Peng, C.H., Schwantes, A., Swenson, J.J., Vernon, L., Williams, P.A., Xu, C.G., Zhao, M., Running, S., and Allen, C.D. (2015). Global satellite monitoring of climate-induced vegetation disturbances. Trends in Plant Science, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tplants. 2014.10.008.
  • Bright, B.C., Hudak, A.T., Kennedy, R.E., and Meddens, A.J.H. (2014). Landsat Time Series and Lidar as Predictors of Live and Dead Basal Area Across Five Bark Beetle-Affected Forests. IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing (7): 3440-3452.
  • Meddens, A.J.H. and Hicke, J.A. (2014). Spatial and temporal patterns of Landsat-based detection of tree mortality caused by a mountain pine beetle outbreak in Colorado, USA. Forest Ecology and Management, 322: 78-88.
  • Hicke, J.A., Meddens, A.J.H., Allen, C.D., and Kolden, C.A. (2013). Carbon stocks of trees killed by bark beetles and wildfire in the western United States. Environmental Research Letters (8), 035032 doi:10.1088/1748-9326/8/3/035032.
  • Bright, B.C., Hicke, J.A., and Meddens, A.J.H. (2013). Effects of bark beetle-caused tree mortality on biogeochemical and biogeophysical MODIS products. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, 118, 1–9, doi:10.1002/jgrg.20078
  • Meddens, A.J.H., Hicke, J.A., Vierling, L.A., and Hudak, A.T. (2013). Evaluating methods to detect bark beetle-caused tree mortality using single-date and multi-date Landsat imagery. Remote Sensing of Environment, (132), 49-58.
  • Berg, A.R., Heald, C.L., Huff Hartz, K.E., Hallar, A.G., Meddens, A.J.H., Hicke, J.A., Lamarque, J.F., and Tilmes, S. (2013). The impact of bark beetle infestations on monoterpene emissions and secondary organic aerosol formation in western North America. Atmos. Chem. Phys., 13, 3149-3161.
  • Meddens, A.J.H., J.A. Hicke, and C.A. Ferguson (2012). Spatiotemporal patterns of observed bark beetle-caused tree mortality in British Columbia and the western United States. Ecological Applications, 22(7) 1876-1891.
  • Edburg, S.L., Hicke, J.A., Brooks, P.D., Pendall, E.G., Ewers B.E., Norton, U., Gochis, D., Gutmann,  E.D., and Meddens, A.J.H. (2012). Cascading impacts of bark beetle-caused tree mortality on coupled biogeophysical and biogeochemical processes. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 10, 416-424.
  • Goetz, S.J., Bond-Lamberty, B., Harmon, M., Hicke, J.A., Houghton, R.A., Huang, C., Law, B., McNulty, S., Meddens, A.J.H., Mildrexler D., O‘Halloran, T., Pfeifer, E.M., and Kasischke, E.S. (2012). Observations and assessment of forest carbon recovery following disturbance in North America. Journal of Geophysical Research-Biogeosciences, Vol. 117, G02022, doi:10.1029/2011JG001733.
  • Meddens, A.J.H., Hicke, J.A., and Vierling, L.A. (2011). Evaluating the potential of multispectral imagery to map multiple stages of tree mortality. Remote Sensing of Environment, 115, 1632-1642.
  • Pfeifer, E.M., Hicke, J.A., and Meddens, A.J.H. (2011). Observations and modeling of aboveground tree carbon stocks and fluxes following a bark beetle outbreak in the western United States. Global Change Biology, 17, 339-350.
  • Meddens, A.J.H., Hudak, A.T., Evans, J.S., Gould, W.A., and Gonzalez, G. (2008). Characterizing forest fragments in boreal, temperate, and tropical ecosystems. Ambio, 37, 569-576.

In review/preparation

  • Meddens, A.J.H., Kolden, C.A., Lutz J.A., Abatzoglou J.T. and Hudak A.T. (in revision). Spatial and temporal patterns of unburned areas within fire perimeters in the northwestern United States from 1984 to 2014, Ecosphere.
  • Meddens, A.J.H., Kolden, C.A., Lutz, J.A., Smith, A., Cansler, A. and Abatzoglou J.T. (in prep). Fire refugia as an indicator for ecosystem vulnerability under global change. Bioscience.
  • Meddens, A.J.H., Vierling, L.A., Eitel, J.U.H., Jennewein, J.S., White, J.C., and Wulder, M.A. (in prep). Estimating vegetation height from WorldView-02 and ArcticDEM data for broad ecological applications. Remote Sensing of Environment.
  • Spruce, J., Hicke, J.A., Hargrove, W., Grulke, N.E., and Meddens A.J.H. (in prep). Use of MODIS NDVI products to map tree mortality levels in forests affected by mountain pine beetle outbreaks. Remote Sensing.
  • Kautz, M., Meddens, A.J.H., Hall, R.J., and Arneth, A. (in revision). Biotic disturbances in northern hemisphere forests – a synthesis of recent data, uncertainties, and implications for forest monitoring and modeling. Global Ecology and Biogeography.
  • Baker, E. Painter, T.H., Schneider D., Meddens A.J.H., Hicke, J.A., and Molotch, N.P. (in revision). Quantifying insect-related forest mortality with the remote sensing of snow, Remote Sensing of Environment.
  • Berner, L.T., Law, B.E., Meddens, A.J.H., and Hicke, J.A. (in revision). Forest carbon stocks, productivity, and tree mortality from 1 fires and bark beetles during a dry decade in the western United States (2003-2012), Global Change Biology.
  • Meddens, A.J.H., Kolden, C.A., Lutz, J.A., Smith, A., and Cansler, A. (in prep). The spatial and temporal aspects of wildfire refugia. Bioscience.
  • Meddens, A.J.H., Kolden, C.A., Lutz J.A. (in prep). Spatial and temporal patterns of unburned areas within fire perimeters in the northwestern United States from 1984 to 2014, Ecological Applications.

  • NASA Idaho Space Grant Consortium research initiation grant: Unmanned Aerial Vehicle-based laser altimetry (lidar): new science and data products for 3-D environmental monitoring (2017-2018), $25,000 (PI: A.J.H. Meddens, Co-PI: L.A. Vierling)
  • Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP): Identifying and protecting wildfire refugia in a warmer, drier Pacific Northwest (2016 – 2019). $256,829 (PI: A.J.H. Meddens; Co-PIs: C.A. Kolden and A.T. Hudak).
  • Aspen Center for Environmental Studies collaborative research project: Forest health indicators for the roaring fork watershed (2016). $2,143 (PI: A.J.H. Meddens).
  • Aspen Center for Environmental Studies collaborative research project: Forest health indicators for the roaring fork watershed (2015). $2,025 (PI: A.J.H. Meddens).
  • Novus Research coordination network Scientist Exchange Program Award (2014). $1,500.
  • Aspen Global Change Institute collaborative research project: Forest health indicators for the roaring fork watershed (2014). $1,772 (PI: A.J.H. Meddens).
  • Forest Ecology and Management (2014), Certificate of Outstanding Contribution in Reviewing.
  • Aspen Global Change Institute collaborative research project: Forest condition and forest disturbance metrics for the Roaring Fork watershed, Colorado (2013). $3,000 (PI: J. Hicke, Co-PI: A. Meddens).
  • National Center for Atmospheric Research Computation and Information Systems Laboratory Postdoctoral Computational Resource Allocation (2013). 50,000 supercomputing credit hours.
  • Outstanding PhD student research award (2012), Environmental Science Program, University of Idaho.
  • The DigitalGlobe 8-Band Research Challenge (2010), awarded high-resolution satellite imagery.
  • University of Idaho Graduate and Professional Student Association travel award (2008), $500.
  • NASA Idaho Space Grant Consortium travel grant (2008), $500.
  • FONA Fonds voor Onderzoek ten behoeve van het Natuurbehoud (fund for research of nature conservation), Wageningen, the Netherlands (2006), $450.

  • Meddens, A.J.H. (2015). Forest Disturbances in the Western United States: Bark Beetles, Drought, and Wildfires. Research presentation, University of Wyoming.
  • Meddens, A.J.H. (2015). Bark Beetles and Climate Change. Guest lecture for Climate Change Seminar Course, University of Wyoming.
  • Meddens, A.J.H. (2014). Bark beetles as Forest Disturbances. Guest lecture for Biogeography Course, University of Idaho.
  • Meddens, A.J.H. (2013). Bark beetles and Climate Change. Guest lecture for Climate Change and Ecosystems Course, University of Idaho.
  • Meddens, A.J.H. (2008). Climate Change: What Does It Mean for Idaho? Guest lecture for Biogeography Course, University of Idaho.

Contact Us

College of Natural Resources

Physical Address:
975 W. 6th Street
Moscow, Idaho

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1138
Moscow, ID 83844-1138

Phone: 208-885-8981

Fax: 208-885-5534

Email: cnr@uidaho.edu

Web: College of Natural Resources

google maps location