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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

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Lee Vierling

Lee Vierling, Ph.D.

University Distinguished Professor, Director of the Environmental Science Program and Department Head, Natural Resources and Society

Office

CNR 19

Phone

208-885-7911

Mailing Address

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

Degrees

  • Ph.D. Environmental Biology, University of Colorado at Boulder, 1999
  • B.A. Geology magna cum laude with thesis distinction, The Colorado College, 1992

Research Interests

Environmental Science
Coupled Human-Natural Systems
Global Change
Land Use Change
Landscape Ecology
Remote Sensing
Habitat Conservation
Biosphere-Atmosphere Interactions
Science Outreach and Communication

(15 most recent publications out of 124 total; * denotes student or postdoc)

Eitel, J.U.H., Griffin, K.L., Boelman, N.T., Maguire, A.J.*, Meddens, A., Jensen, J., Vierling, L.A., Schmiege, S.*, and Jennewein, J.* (2020). Remote sensing tracks daily radial wood growth of evergreen needleleaf trees. Global Change Biology, https://doi.org/10.1111/gcb.15112.

Maguire, A.J.*, Eitel, J.U.H., Griffin, K.L., Magney, T.S., Long, R.A., Vierling, L.A., Schmiege, S.C.*, Jennewein, J.S.*, Weygint, W.*, Boelman, N.T., and Bruner, S.G.* (2020). On the functional relationship between fluorescence and photochemical yields in complex canopies: Implications for interpreting large-scale solar-induced-fluorescence measurements. Geophysical Research Letters, 10.1029/2020GL087858.

Prager, C.*, Meler, M., Boelman, N.T., Eitel, J.U.H., Gersony, J.*, Greaves, H., Heskel, M., Magney, T.S., Naeem, S., Vierling, L.A., and Griffin, K.L. (2020). A mechanism of expansion: Arctic deciduous shrubs capitalize on increasing nutrient availability. Oecologia, https://doi.org/10.1007/s00442-019-04586-8.

Greaves, H.E.**, Eitel, J.U.H., Vierling, L.A., Boelman, N.T., Griffin, K.L., Magney, T.S.**, and Prager, C.* (2019). 20 cm resolution mapping of tundra vegetation communities provides an ecological baseline for important research areas in a changing Arctic environment. Environmental Research Communications, 1, 105004. doi:10.1088/2515-7620/ab4a85.

Maguire, A.J.*, Eitel, J.U.H., Vierling, L.A., Griffin, K.L., Boelman, N.T., Johnson, D.M., Jensen, J.E.*, Greaves, H.E.*, and Meddens, A.J.H.** (2019). Terrestrial lidar scanning reveals fine-scale linkages between microstructure and photosynthetic functioning of spruce saplings at the forest-tundra ecotone. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 269-270 (2019): 157-168.

Stitt, J.M.*, Svancara, L.K., Vierling, L.A., and Vierling, K.T. (2019). Smartphone lidar can measure tree cavity dimensions for wildlife studies. The Wildlife Society Bulletin, doi: 10.1002/wsb.949.

Boelman, N.T., Liston, G.E., Gurarie, E., Meddens, A.J.H.**, Mahoney, P.J.*, Kirchner, P.B., Bohrer, G., Brinkman, T.J., Cosgrove, C.L., Eitel, J.U.H., Hebblewhite, M., Kimball, J.S., LaPoint, S., Nolin, A.W., Pedersen, S.H., Prugh, L.R., Reinking, A.K., Vierling, L.A. (2019). Integrating snow science and wildlife ecology in Arctic-boreal North America. Environmental Research Letters, 14 (2019), https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/aaeec1.

Eitel, J.U.H., Maguire, A.*, Boelman, N.T., Vierling, L.A., Griffin, K.L., Jensen, J.*, Magney, T.S.**, Mahoney, P.*, Meddens, A.**, Silva, C.**, and Sonnentag, O. (2019). Proximal remote sensing tree physiology at northern treeline: Do late-season changes in the photochemical reflectance index (PRI) respond to climate or photoperiod? Remote Sensing of Environment, 221 (2019): 340-350. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rse.2018.11.022.

Muñoz Brenes, C.**, Jones, K.W., Schlesinger, P.**, Robalino, J., and Vierling, L.A. (2018). The impact of protected area governance and management capacity on ecosystem function in Central America. PLoS ONE, 13(10): e0205964. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0205964.

Meddens, A.J.H.**, Vierling, L.A., Eitel, J.U.H., Jennewein, J.S.*, Boelman, N.T., White, J.C., & Wulder, M.A. (2018). Developing high-resolution canopy height and digital terrain models for arctic regions from WorldView-2 and ArcticDEM data. Remote Sensing of Environment, 218: 174-188.

Silva, C.A.**, Klauberg, C., Hudak, A.T., Vierling, L.A., Liesenberg, V., Bernett, L.G., Scheraiber C.F., and Schoeninger, E.R. (2018). Estimating stand height and tree density in Pinus taeda plantations using in situ data, airborne LiDAR, and k-nearest neighbor imputation. Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências 90(1): 295-309.

Bae, S., Mueller, J., Lee, D., Vierling, K.T., Vogeler, J.C., Vierling, L.A., Hudak, A.T., and Thorn, S. (2018). Taxonomic, functional, and phylogenetic diversity of bird assemblages are oppositely associated to productivity and heterogeneity in temperate forests. Remote Sensing of Environment, 215: 145-156.

Chain-Guadarrama, A.**, Imbach, P., Vilchez-Mendoza, S., Vierling, L.A., and Finegan, B. (2018). Potential trajectories of old-growth Neotropical forest functional composition under climate change. Ecography, 41(1): 75-89, doi: 10.1111/ecog.02637.

Silva, C.A.**, Hudak, A.T., Vierling, L.A., Klauberg, C., Garcia, M., Ferraz, A., Keller, M., Eitel, J., and Saatchi, S. (2017). Impacts of airborne lidar pulse density on estimating biomass stocks and changes in a selectively logged tropical forest. Remote Sensing, 9(10): 1068; doi:10.3390/rs9101068.

Silva, C.A.**, Hudak, A.T., Klauberg, C., Vierling, L.A., Gonzalez-Benecke, C., de Padua, S., Carvalho, C., and Estraviz-Rodriguez, L.C. (2017). Combined effect of pulse density and grid cell size on predicting and mapping aboveground carbon in fast-growing Eucalyptus forest plantation using airborne lidar data. Carbon Balance and Management, 12 (13); doi: 10.1186/s13021-017-0081-1.

Silva, C.A.**, Klauberg, C., Hudak, A.T., Vierling, L.A., Wan Mohd Jaafar, W.S., Mohan, M., Garcia, M., Ferraz, A., Cardil, A., and Saatchi, S. (2017). Predicting stem total and assortment volumes in an industrial Pinus taeda L. forest plantation using airborne laser scanning data and random forest. Forests, 8 (254); doi: 10.3390/f8070254.

  • University of Idaho, University Distinguished Professor (2020-present)
  • College of Natural Resources, Outstanding Instructor Award (2019)
  • University of Idaho Presidential Mid-Career Award for Excellence (2014)
  • College of Natural Resources Outstanding Research Award (2007)
  • Harold Heady Professor of Rangeland Ecology, University of Idaho Department of Rangeland Ecology and Management (2006-2011)
  • National Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, National Science Foundation (2000)

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

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