Scott GoetzAffiliated Faculty, Regents' Professor

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Environmental informatics, Carbon cycle science, Climate change and terrestrial ecology
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Research Interests

Dr. Scott Goetz is a Professor at Northern Arizona University. He is the Science Lead of NASA’s Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment and Deputy principal investigator of NASA’s Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation. He has been recognized by ISI / Thompson Reuters as a Highly Cited Researcher, in the top 1% by citations, in the Cross-Field / Interdisciplinary category representing “outsized influence across several fields during the last decade, demonstrating superior multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary impact.”  His research has been covered by numerous new agencies (including the New York Times and National Public Radio), popular magazines (e.g. National Geographic, Scientific American) and science news venues (e.g. Nature, Science). He is an Executive board member of Environmental Research Letters, served for 10 years as an Associate editor of Remote Sensing of Environment, and has sponsored dozens of early career scientists and graduate students

Research Projects


Lab Webpage – GEODE Lab


Selected Publications

Hansen A, Barnett K, Jantz P, Phillips L, Goetz SJ, Hansen M, Venter O, Watson JEM, Burns P, Atkinson S, Rodríguez-Buritica S, Ervin J, Virnig A, Supples C, De Camargo R (2019). Global humid tropics forest structural condition and forest structural integrity maps. Sci. Data 6, 232.

Kleinschroth F, Laporte N, Laurance WF, Goetz SJ & Ghazoul J  (2019). Road expansion and persistence in forests of the Congo Basin. Nature Sustainability. 2:628–634.

Schmitz OJ, Wilmers CC, Leroux SJ, Doughty CE, Atwood TB, Galetti M, Davies AB, Goetz SJ (2018). Animals and the zoogeochemistry of the carbon cycle.  Science 362 (6419) eaar3213 doi.10.1126/science.aar3213

Goetz SJ, Hansen M, Houghton RA, Walker W, Laporte N, & Busch J (2015). Measurement and monitoring needs, capabilities and potential for addressing reduced emissions from deforestation and forest degradation under REDD+. Environmental Research Letters – Reviews, 10(12), 123001.

Jantz P, Goetz SJ, & Laporte N (2014). Tropical carbon corridors: mapping climate change mitigation and biodiversity co-benefits. Nature Climate Change. 4:138-142.