John joined INR and the Oregon Biodiversity Information Center as a courtesy faculty member in November 2013. John’s professional interests are in landscape ecology, soil biogeochemistry and ecological restoration. John’s research has examined (1) the recovery of organic carbon in post-agricultural soils, (2) how soil properties are influenced by topography and geology in tropical montane forests, and (3) assessments of wetlands and wetland buffer health. John is currently testing methods for improving Oregon’s hydric soils map units for use in potentially restorable wetland assessments.
Prior to working with INR, John worked with the state of New Jersey’s Natural Heritage Program, the University of Pennsylvania Earth & Environmental Science Department and the USDA Forest Service Northern Global Change Program. John’s Ph.D. and post-doctoral research have taken him to the Luquillo Mountains of Puerto Rico, the Adirondack, Taconic and Berkshire Mountains of western New England, the Upper- Midwest Great Lakes region and the wetland ecosystems of New Jersey and Delaware.
Jesse is post-baccalaureate geography student at Portland State University focusing on water resources and GIS. Jesse enjoys statistics and data analysis; His interests include urban parks and natural areas, urban streams, and the distribution of habitat corridors in cities. Prior to PSU, Jesse earned his bachelor’s degree and GIS graduate certificate at Oregon State University, and he has also worked as a GIS intern for Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District.
He enjoys cycling, hiking, kayaking and traveling.
Priya joined INR in March 2013 as a research ecologist and analyst. Priya’s professional interests lie primarily in the application of scientific information to improve land management decisions and their conservation outcomes. As part of the Integrated Landscape Assessment Project (ILAP) team, Priya is modeling alternative land management scenarios to inform public land management in the Pacific Northwest and Southwest.
Priya’s prior research has used field and simulation methods to address questions regarding the effects of land management activities on sensitive, common and invasive plant populations; pollinator communities and pollination ecology; wildlife populations; and plant community dynamics.
Prior to joining INR, Priya worked as an Ecologist for Washington State’s Natural Areas Program, where she served as the lead for conservation research and land stewardship at 25 conservation areas east of the Cascades. She also served as the National Coordinator for the Monarch Joint Venture, a conservation partnership focused on protecting the North American monarch migration.
Matt works on collecting field data for remote sensing and mapping of vegetation communities in Washington National Parks. He is currently doing aerial photo interpretation of Pine Creek Conservation Area of central Oregon and detecting juniper change throughout Eastern Oregon. Matt has worked as a botanist and ecologist conducting research in various locations throughout North America.
Miles A. Hemstrom is the Technical Lead for the Integrated Landscape Assessment project. From 2001-2012 he was a Research Ecologist for the USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station at the Portland Forestry Sciences Laboratory. Miles's current research interests include: 1) understanding and modeling landscape interactions of vegetation, fire and other disturbances, invasive plants, and management in east-side Oregon and Washington ecosystems, 2) understanding, modeling and inventory of riparian/streamside conditions at watershed and larger scales with a focus on eastern Oregon and Washington, and 3) application of landscape models to landscape planning and assessments.
Miles's professional experience includes service as Area Ecologist for the Willamette and Siuslaw National Forests (1980-1992), Group Leader for Ecology, Silviculture and Inventory in the Rocky Mountain Region of the USDA Forest Service (1992-1994), Regional Ecologist for the Pacific Northwest Region of the USDA Forest Service (1994-1999), Science Team Ecologist for the Interior Columbia River Basin Ecosystem Management Project (1999-2001).
Theresa is a biogeographer and landscape ecologist with research and teaching expertise in spatial analysis, simulation modeling, and remote sensing. As an analyst with INR, her work and research has focused largely on (1) how landscapes are influenced by human pressures such as management and development and (2) the development of conservation goals for dynamic, heterogeneous landscapes at a variety of spatial scales.
Prior to working with INR, Theresa worked with the USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station; University of Florida Department of Geography; and completed her Ph.D. research in Oaxaca, Mexico.
John is a GIS Analyst, working with INR and The Wetlands Conservancy in assembling an enhanced statewide wetlands GIS database for Oregon, and identifying priority areas for wetland restoration in Oregon.
Sue has worked for the Oregon Natural Heritage Information Center for the past twenty two years. As the Botany Data Manager, Sue is responsible for information relating to the rare vascular plants in the state and for the maintenance of the general data system. Sue worked and volunteered with Jean Siddall and the Oregon Rare Plant Project for five years prior to joining the Oregon Natural Heritage Program of The Nature Conservancy.
Eric uses satellite imagery and other geographic data to map vegetation communities, model distributions of plant and animal species, and detect change across Oregon and the national parks of Washington state. Before assuming the position in front of a computer, he spent a few years doing itinerant botany and ecology fieldwork in many parts of North America.
Lindsey works on a variety of projects with INR and the Oregon Biodiversity Information Center, including managing species occurrence information, creating and maintaining ecological datasets, and organizing data transfers. Lindsey also acts as the Data Administrator for the Oregon iMapInvasives site (http://imapinvasives.org/orimi/map/) which allows managers and interested citizens to track invasive species observations and management actions online. Outside of the data world she also works as a botanist collecting species and ecological information in the field. Lindsey started at INR as an AmeriCorps volunteer and has previously worked at Mount Rainier National Park and the Oregon Department of Agriculture.