I’m a spatial ecologist studying the effects of disturbance (e.g. drought, fire, and insects) on forest and shrubland ecosystems. I combine field studies, satellite sensors, and computer modeling to identify when, where and why change took place. My goal is to provide sound science to both resource managers and policy makers to help shape ecosystem management and conservation as we move into an uncertain future.
B.S. Environmental Studies; The George Washington University, M.S. Botany; University of Wyoming, Ph.D. Ecology; Colorado State University
Assal, T.J., González, M.E., and Sibold, J.S., 2018. Burn severity controls on postfire Araucaria‐Nothofagus regeneration in the Andean Cordillera: Journal of Biogeography: 45(11):2483-2494
Carlson, A.R., J. Sibold, T.J. Assal, and J. Negron, 2017. Evidence of Compounded Disturbance Effects on Vegetation Recovery Following High-Severity Wildfire and Spruce Beetle Outbreak. PLoS One 12(8): e0181778. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0181
Monroe, A.P., C.L. Aldridge, T.J. Assal, K.E. Veblen, D.A. Pyke, M.L. Casazza, 2017. Patterns in Greater Sage-grouse population dynamics correspond with public grazing records at broad scales. Ecological Applications 27(4):1096-1107
Malone, S.L., M.G. Tulbure, A.J. Perez, T.J. Assal, L.L. Bremer, D.P. Drucker, V. Hillis, S. Varela, and M. Goulden, 2016. Drought resilience across California ecosystems: evaluating changes in carbon dynamics using satellite imagery. Ecosphere 7:1-19
Assal, T.J., Anderson, P., Sibold, J., 2016. Spatial and Temporal Trends of Drought Effects in a Heterogeneous Semi-Arid Forest. Forest Ecology and Management 365:137-151.
Assal, T.J., Anderson, P., Sibold, J., 2015. Mapping forest functional type in a forest-shrubland ecotone using SPOT imagery and predictive habitat distribution modelling. Remote Sensing Letters 6:755–764.
Assal, T.J., J. Sibold, and R. Reich. 2014. Modeling an Historical Mountain Pine Beetle Outbreak Using Multiple Lines of Evidence. Remote Sensing of Environment 155:275-288.
O’Donnell, M., T.J.Assal, P.J. Anderson, and Z.H. Bowen. 2014. Geospatial Considerations for a Multi-Organization Landscape-Scale Program. Journal of Map and Geography Libraries 10(1):62-99.
K.E. Veblen, D.A. Pyke, C.L. Aldridge, M.E. Cassaza, T.J. Assal, and M.A. Farinha. 2014. Monitoring of Livestock Grazing Effects on the Bureau of Land Management Land. Rangeland Ecology and Management 67(1):68-77.
Assal, T.J. and J.M. Montag. 2012. A Tale of Two Land Uses in American West: Rural Residential Growth and Energy Development. Journal of Maps 8(4): 327-333.
Assal, T.J. and J.A. Lockwood. 2007. Utilizing remote sensing and GIS to the detect prairie dog colonies. Rangeland Ecology and Management 60:45-53.
Ecological Society of America, American Geophysical Union, Association of American Geographers
Environmental Science and Design Research Initiative