Jennifer Swenson

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Ph.D. Forest Science 2004. College of Forestry, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR. Major: Forest Ecology. Advisor: Dr. Richard H. Waring  Dissertation: Analyzing Spatial Patterns of Woody Plant Richness at Multiple Scales with Modeled Photosynthesis.

M.A. Geography 1995. Department of Geography, San Diego State University, CA. Emphasis in GIS, biogeography, remote sensing. Advisor: Dr. Janet Franklin
Thesis: Examining and Predicting Habitat Fragmentation Using a GIS in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.

B.A. Geography and Political Science 1990. University of California, Santa Barbara, CA. Emphasis: International Relations.



Nicholas School of Environment, Duke University 2007 – present

Associate Professor of the Practice of Geospatial Analysis & Landscape Ecology     2013-

Director of Professional Studies, Masters of Environmental Management Degree.  2012 –

Assistant Professor of the Practice of Geospatial Analysis & Landscape Ecology      2006 –  2013

Chair of Ecosystem Science and Conservation & Masters of Forestry Program areas   2007 – 2011

NatureServe  2005 –2006

Conservation Science Project Manager
Project: Andes-Amazon Endemic Species Modeling and Mapping,  Arlington VA Description: Managed and directed an international scientific project composed of multiple technical, scientific and administrative personnel as well as contractors. Coordinated GIS and modeling work, communications, travel, $2.4m budget, and relationships with external partners and was scientific advisor in all aspects of spatial analysis and remote sensing (MODIS and TM imagery).

Oregon State University College of Forestry/US Forest Service  1999 – 2005

Researcher (Post-doctoral) Multivariate Analysis of Forest Inventory Data 2003 –2005
Department of Forest Science, Oregon State University/US Forest Service Description: Designed and implemented a multivariate data analysis project to examine regional spatial patterns of woody plants in relation to species attributes and climate.

Geographer; US Forest Service, Forestry Sciences Laboratory, Corvallis, Oregon 2000 –2003 Description: Conducted spatial analyses of forested fragmentation and spatial modeling of land use and land cover change on a regional scale using GIS and remote sensing technologies. Provided GIS, remote sensing, and webpage support to existing projects.

EcoCiencia 1995 –1998

Project and GIS Laboratory Manger, EcoCiencia, Quito, Ecuador 1995 –1998 Description: Coordinated and directed a multi-disciplinary team of 6 professionals, 3 full-time technicians and 5 volunteers to conduct a GIS- and community-based land-use planning study in NW Ecuador to evaluate the potential effects of a highway along lowland rainforest (Ecuadorian Ministry of Public Works, funded by the UNDP). Also coordinated multiple mapping projects of deforestation, land tenure for indigenous communities, ecological surveys, vegetation and land use mapping funded by government institutions (e.g. Ecuadorian National Park Service), and international organizations (e.g. USAID-CARE-SUBIR, GTZ, TNC, etc.).

National Park Service  1992-1995

GIS technician and Student Co-op.  National Park Service Rocky Mountain Regional GIS Office – Lakewood, CO. 1992-1995.Provided technical geospatial support and project work for national parks in the Rocky Mountain Region.


Reviewer: AGU Earth Interactions, AGU Water Resources Research, Biodiversity Conservation, Conservation Biology, Global Change Biology, PLoSOne, Ecological Applications, Ecological Modeling, Environmental Monitoring & Assessment, Environmental Research Letters, Forest Ecology & Management, Forests,  Landscape Ecology, Landscape & Urban Planning, NASA, National Science Foundation, Remote Sensing.

Durham Public Schools Gardens: Grant authorship and support


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