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Dr. Jeff Hepinstall-Cymerman

Professor, Landscape Ecology

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Campus address

Warnell 4-304
Lab Location:
Warnell 4-205
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PhD, Forest Resources 2000: Department of Forest Management, University of Maine, Orono, ME.
MS, Wildlife Ecology 1992: Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN.
BA, Honors in Biology, 1990: Biology Department, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY.


Research Areas Detail:

I am a landscape ecologist and am interested in studying patterns across landscapes. I apply spatial data and modeling techniques to ecological and social systems to measure patterns and processes and to explore the interactions between coupled natural and human systems. I explore landscape changes using remotely sensed data and historic data and spatial modeling techniques including GIS, cellular automata, and individual- or agent-based modeling. I work with planners and conservationists to apply this knowledge to aid in the planning for and conservation of natural and human resources.

Recent Citations:

Jafari, N., B. L. Nuse, C. T. Moore, B. Dilkina, and J. Hepinstall-Cymerman. 2017. Achieving full connectivity of sites in the multiperiod reserve network design problem. Computers & Operations Research 81:119-127.

Cannon, J.B., J. Hepinstall-Cymerman, C.M. Godfrey, and C.J. Peterson. 2016. Landscape-scale Patterns of Forest Tornado Damage in Mountainous Terrain. Landscape Ecology 31:2097-2114.

Chandler, R., J. Hepinstall-Cymeman. 2016. Estimating the spatial scales of landscape effects on abundance and other demographic parameters. Landscape Ecology . Landscape Ecology 31:1383-1394

Walton, Z. L., Poudyal, N. C., Hepinstall-Cymerman, J., Gaither, C. J., & Boley, B. B. 2016. Exploring the role of forest resources in reducing community vulnerability to the heat effects of climate change. Forest Policy and Economics 71, 94-102.

Hardy, R.D., J. Hepinstall-Cymerman, L. Fowler. 2016. Prioritizing conservation easement recruitment efforts: A policy-informed conservation assessment of private land. Southeastern Geographer 56(1): 81-100

Stuber, O.S., L.K. Kirkman, J. Hepinstall-Cymerman. 2016. The ecological condition of geographically isolated wetlands of the Dougherty Plain of southwestern Georgia: the relationship between landscape level assessments and macrophyte assemblages. Ecological Indicators 62:191-200

Ferguson, P. F. B., M. J. Conroy, J. F. Chamblee, and J. Hepinstall-Cymerman. 2015. Using structured decision making with landowners to address private forest management and parcelization: balancing multiple objectives and incorporating uncertainty. Ecology and Society 20(4):27

Ferguson, P., M. Conroy, J Hepinstall-Cymerman. 2015. Occupancy models for data with false positive and false negative errors and heterogeneity across sites and surveys. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 6:1396-1406

Hepinstall-Cymerman, J., S. Coe, and L. Hutyra. 2013. Patterns of land cover change in the Central Puget Sound, Washington, 1986-2001. Urban Ecosystems 16:109-129

Moore, R., T. Williams, E. Rodriguez, J. Hepinstall-Cymerman, 2013. Using Nonmarket Valuation to Target Conservation Payments: An Example Involving Georgia's Private Forests. Journal of Forestry 111(4):261-270

Marten, GI, J. Hepinstall-Cymerman, K. Kirkman. 2013. Six decades (1948-2001) of landscape change in the Dougherty Plain of southwest Georgia, USA. Southeastern Geographer 53: 28-49

Webb, W.C., J.M. Marzluff, and J.Hepinstall-Cymerman. 2012. Differences in space use by common ravens in relation to sex, breeding status and kinship. The Condor 114(3):584-594

Marten, G.I., K. Kirkman, J. Hepinstall-Cymerman. 2012. Mapping geographically isolated wetlands in the Dougherty plain, Georgia, USA. Wetlands 32:149-160

Parrish, M.P., and J. Hepinstall-Cymerman. 2012. Associations between multi-scale landscape characteristics and breeding bird abundance and diversity across urban-rural gradients in Northeastern Georgia, USA. Urban Ecosystems 15:559-580

Webb WC, Marzluff JM, & Hepinstall-Cymerman J.  2011. Linking resource use with demography in a synanthropic population of common ravens. Biological Conservation 144(9): 2264-2273

Kertson, B.N., R.D. Spencer, J.M. Marzluff, J. Hepinstall-Cymerman, C.E. Grue. 2011.  Cougar space use and movements in the wildland-urban interface of western Washington. Ecological Applications 21(8):2866-2881

Parrish, M.P., and J. Hepinstall-Cymerman. 2011. Using geospatial data and principles of landscape ecology to indentify field sites and characterize landscapes. Annals of GIS 17:63-72

Hutyra, L., B., B. Yoon, J. Hepinstall-Cymerman, and M. Alberti. 2011. Carbon consequences of land cover change and expansion of urban lands: a case study in the Seattle metropolitan region. Landscape and Urban Planning. 103:83-93

Grosse, A. M., J. C. Maerz, J. Hepinstall-Cymerman, and M. E. Dorcas. 2011. Effects of roads and crabbing pressures on Diamondback Terrapin populations in coastal Georgia. Journal of Wildlife Management 75(4):762-770

Merry, K.L., P. Bettinger, D.L. Grebner, J. Hepinstall-Cymerman. 2010. Perceptions of foresters of wind damage in Mississippi forests. Southern Journal of Applied Forestry 34(3): 124-130

Hepinstall-Cymerman, J. M. Alberti, S. Coe. 2009. Using urban landscape trajectories to develop a multi-temporal land cover database to support ecological modeling.  Remote Sensing 1:1353-1379

Merry, K., P. Bettinger and J. Hepinstall. 2009.  Physical and biological responses of forests to tropical cyclones affecting the United States Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico Coasts.  American Journal of Environmental Sciences 5(1):784-800

Bettinger, P., K.L. Merry, and J. Hepinstall. 2009. Post-hurricane forest management responses in the southern United States. Journal of Emergency Management. 7(6): 35-50

Bettinger, P., Merry, K., and J. Hepinstall. 2009. Average tropical cyclone intensity along the Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and north Florida coasts. Southeastern Geographer 49:49-66

Hepinstall, J.A., M. Alberti, J.M. Marzluff. 2008. Predicting land cover change and avian community responses in rapidly urbanizing environments. Landscape Ecology 28:1257-1276

Merry, K. L., P. Bettinger, M. Clutter, J. Hepinstall, and N. P. Nibbelink. 2007. An assessment of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) skills employed by field-level natural resource managers.  Journal of Forestry 105:364-370



Alberti, M; Redman, C; Wu, J; Marzluff, J; Handcock, M; Anderies, J; Waddell, P; Fox, D; Kautz, H; and Hepinstall-Cymerman, J. 2006. "Urban landscape patterns and global environmental change (GEC): Complex dynamics and emergent properties. International Human Dimension of Global Climate Change Update".

Hepinstall-Cymerman, J; Marzluff, J; Handcock, M; and Hurvitz, P. 2005. "Incorporating utilization distributions into the study of resource selection: dealing with spatial autocorrelation” in Huzurbazar, S., editor, Resource Selection Methods and Applications". Madison, WI: Omnipress.

Hepinstall-Cymerman, J and Harrison, J. 2003. "Marten as a tool for landscape-scale habitat planning in northern Maine. Final Contract Report to Cooperators.".

Hepinstall-Cymerman, J; Sader, S; and Krohn, W. 2002. "Effects of niche width on the performance and agreement of avian habitat models." in Predicting Species Occurrences: Issues of scale and accuracy. Edited by Scott, J; Heglund, P; Morrison, M; Raphael, M; Haufler, J; and Wall, B. Covello, CA: Island Press.

Sader, S; Hayes, D; Hepinstall-Cymerman, J; Coan, M; and Soza, C. 2001. Forest monitoring of a remote biosphere reserve. International Journal of Remote Sensing 22(10):1937-1950.