Scott GoetzAffiliated Faculty, Regents' Professor

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Environmental informatics, Carbon cycle science, Climate change and terrestrial ecology
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Scott Goetz, Regents Professor of Earth Observation & Ecological Informatics at Northern Arizona University, has conducted satellite remote sensing research over the past 30+ years.  He has served on working groups for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), UN programs on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+), the US Global Change Research Program, the US National Academy of Sciences, and interagency programs on carbon cycle science, climate change and terrestrial ecology. He has authored 250+ publications cited 45,000+ times and is an ISI/Thompson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher in both the Cross-Field (interdisciplinary) and Environmental Science categories. He is Science Lead of NASA’s Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment and Deputy principal investigator of NASA’s Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation. He has mentored dozens of early career scientists and graduate students, is past Deputy Director of the Woods Hole Research Center, a Fulbright Research Scholar (France), a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, Editor in Chief of Environmental Research Ecology, executive board member of Environmental Research Letters, and past associate editor of JGR Biogeosciences and Remote Sensing of Environment.


Research Projects
Lab Webpage – GEODE Lab
Selected Publications
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. Jantz P, Goetz SJ, & Laporte N (2014). Tropical carbon corridors: mapping climate change mitigation and biodiversity co-benefits. Nature Climate Change. 4:138-142.