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.
Emilie's research interests include modeling broad-scale patterns in plant communities, as they relate to environmental gradients, and disturbance history. These research interests apply practically to building predictive vegetation maps and models and she is currently the Ecological Modeling Team Lead for the Integrated Landscape Assessment Project. Before coming to INR, Emilie was a postdoctoral researcher with the Landscape Ecology, Modeling, Mapping and Analysis laboratory in OSU's Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society.
Eleanor is the Zoology Projects Manager for the Oregon Biodiversity Information Center and is responsible for the program’s vertebrate and invertebrate data. She currently coordinates a multi-agency project to monitor Western Snowy Plovers along the Oregon coast. Recent projects have included developing wildlife distribution maps for ODFW's Comprehensive Wildlife Plan and regional Gap Analysis assessments. She also works with USFWS and Oregon Division of State Lands to coordinate invertebrate section 6 funding.
Blair Csuti is on assignment with INR’s Portland staff. He worked on western conservation projects for The Nature Conservancy, spent a year at Stanford’s Center for Conservation Biology, and was principal investigator of Oregon’s Gap Analysis Project for the University of Idaho. Prior to joining OSU’s College of Forestry, he coordinated the Oregon Zoo’s conservation and science programs. He also helps teach conservation biology at Portland State University.
Megan has a background in plant ecology, community ecology and evolutionary ecology, and has a broad range of interests in conservation biology. Before working for INR, she completed her dissertation research at Utah State University studying the ecological effects of plant genetic diversity, and worked for The Nature Conservancy using landscape vegetation models to project change in rangeland vegetation. She is currently working as a Modeling Analyst developing VDDT state-and-transition models for aridlands in Washington and Oregon and forests in Arizona and New Mexico on the Integrated Landscape Assessment Project.
John's specialties are wetland community ecology, bryophytes, and historical ecology. His major duties include wetland vegetation classification and conservation, tracking statewide occurrences of rare nonvascular plants and rare wetland plant associations, and mapping and documenting historic vegetation in Oregon. He has worked for the Oregon Natural Heritage Information Center since 1989.
Joe coordinates the GIS staff on the Integrated Landscape Assessment Project. Joe has worked doing statistical analyses for the Environmental Protection Agency for 2 years, as the lead GIS/statistician an environmental consulting firm for 10 years and doing GIS analysis the State of Oregon for over 10 years. His research interests are GIS and statistics.
As the Information Systems Manager and Environmental Review Biologist, Cliff is responsible for distributing data to environmental consultants and public agencies for environmental reviews and maintaining information systems for ORNHIC.
Since 1986, Jimmy Kagan has been the Director of the Oregon Biodiversity Information Center (previously called the Oregon Natural Heritage Information Center) where he oversees botanical and ecologic inventories for Oregon. Jimmy also worked for The Nature Conservancy for several years as the staff ecologist and botanist. His research interests include biodiversity planning and management.