Dr. Jonathan Asher Greenberg Phd.

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Dr. Jonathan Asher Greenberg Phd.

Assistant Professor of Geography and Geographic Information Science and School of Earth, Society, and Environment

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Specializations / Research Interest(s)

  • Remote Sensing
  • Biogeography
  • Plant-Climate Interactions

Research Description

  • My research centers on addressing questions of the impacts of climate change and land use/land cover change on vegetated ecosystems using remote sensing data.  My research ranges across scales from individual plants to the globe, across many terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, and utilizes state-of-the-art remote sensing imagery including hyperspectral, hyperspatial, multitemporal, thermal, and Lidar data. [/b]


  • B.A. Biology (minor: Art History), cum laude, Boston University, Boston, MA, May 1996.
  • PhD. Ecology Graduate Group, University of California at Davis, Davis, December 2004. Dissertation: Monitoring tropical and montane forest dynamics and structure using remote sensing. Graduate Advisor: Susan L. Ustin
  • Postdoctoral Research, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, January 2005 – January 2007. Postdoctoral Advisor: Vern C. Vanderbilt.
  • Postdoctoral Research, University of California, Davis, January 2007 – August 2010. Postdoctoral Advisors: Susan L. Ustin and Quinn J. Hart.
  • Assistant Project Scientist, Department of Land, Air and Water Resources, University of California, Davis. August 2010 to December 2012.

Distinctions / Awards

  • National Research Council (NRC) Postdoctoral Research Associateship.


  • Illinois Campus Research Board, “Foreclosure as an experiment in the erosion of social norms controlling residential vegetation”, B. Cutts, J.A. Greenberg, J. Fraterrigo. 2012.
  • Illinois Campus Research Board, “Individual plant crown mapping using remote sensing”, J.A. Greenberg. 2012.
  • Scholars Travel Fund, “Bioclimatic limitations on global forests as measured by a fused remote sensing-climate approach at IGARSS 2012”, J.A. Greenberg. 2012.
  • NASA AVIRIS Data Collection, “Flight Request: Investigation of Initial Impact of the Mississippi Flood of 2011 on the Landscape”, J.A. Greenberg, P. Kumar, B. Rhoads, and S.L. Ustin. 2011.
  • National Science Foundation, “RAPID: Mississippi flood of 2011 - investigation of initial impact on the landscape”, P. Kumar, G. Parker, J. Best, M. Garcia, B. Rhoads, M. Wander, J. Nittrouer, R. Darmody, A. Schmidt, M. Sivapalan, J. Greenberg, and R. Holmes. 2011.
  • Chevron Next Generation Environmental Remote Sensing: Call For Proposals, “Improved efficiency land use/land cover mapping to provide next generation environmental information”, S.L Ustin, J.A. Greenberg and P. Haverkamp. 2011-2012.
  • Google Faculty Research Award, “Global tree crown mapping using hyperspatial remotely sensed imagery”. 2010-2011.
  • National Science Foundation, “The Wieslander Dataset: Using a historic dataset to test uncertainty in species distribution model projections under climate change”, S.Z. Dobrowski, J. Thorne and J.A. Greenberg. 2008-2010.
  • NRC/NASA Postdoctoral Research Associateship, NASA Ames Research Center, 2005-2007.
  • Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, “IKONOS Satellite Image Interpretation, Classification, Mapping, and Validation of Vegetation Types and Wildlife Habitat Features for the Lake Tahoe Basin”, S.L. Ustin, J. Quinn, M. Barbour, S.Z. Dobrowski, and J.A. Greenberg. 2003-2004.
  • NASA Earth System Science Graduate Student Fellowship, 2000-2003.
  • Small Grants Program for Research on Population, Food and the Environment, Gifford Center for Population Issues, 2001.
  • ASTER Image Grant, 2001.
  • California Space Grant Fellowship, 2000.
  • National Science Foundation grant recipient, Summer 1995.


  • Advanced Studies in Geography (GEOG 595). Spring 2012.
  • Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GEOG379). Spring 2012.
  • Introduction to Remote Sensing (GEOG/NRES477). Fall 2012.