Greg Asner is the director of ASU's Center for Global Discovery and Conservation Science. He serves on the faculty of the School of Ocean Futures and the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning. Asner is an ecologist recognized for his exploratory and applied research on ecosystems and climate change at regional to global scales. His research spans the areas of spatial ecology and biodiversity, coral reefs, terrestrial carbon cycle, animal-habitat interactions, and climate change. He develops scientific approaches and technologies for investigation and conservation assessments of large ecoregions. Asner has published hundreds of scientific articles and has served in numerous national and international programs with NASA, the U.S. State Department, and the United Nations. He is a recipient of multiple scientific and sustainability awards and is an elected member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.
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- Ph.D. Biology, University of Colorado-Boulder 1997
- M.S. Geography, University of Colorado-Boulder 1995
- B.S. Engineering (Radiative Physics), University of Colorado-Boulder 1991
- The Heinz Award for the Environment, 2017
- Batseva Fellow, Israeli Academy of Sciences and Humanities, 2017
- Pongo Environment Award, 2017
- Elected Fellow, Ecological Society of America, 2016
- Elected Fellow, American Geophysical Union, 2015
- IFOF Honoree Award in Aviation, 2015
- Association for American Geographers Outstanding Contributions Award, 2014
- Nominet Trust 100 Award for Social Innovation, 2014
- Elected to U.S. National Academy of Sciences, 2013
- Popular Science Magazine Brilliant Ten Award, 2007
- Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), 2000
- NASA Early Career Award, 2000 NASA Group Achievement Award, 1999
- NASA Earth System Science Fellowship, 1996-1998
- NSF Biosphere-Atmosphere Interactions Fellowship, 1996-1998
- W.M. Keck Foundation Fellowship Award, 1995-1996
- Mabel Duncan Conservation Biology Award, 1999
Editorial Board Member; Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2014 to present
Editorial Board Member; Remote Sensing for Ecology and Conservation, 2017 to present
- American Geophysical Union
- American Association for the Advancement of Science
- Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation
- Ecological Society of America
- International Society for Reef Studies
- Organization for Tropical Studies
- U.S. National Academy of Sciences
Graduate student advisees
Name (year, degree), current employer
David Lobell (2003, PhD), Stanford U. Roberta Martin (2003, PhD), Arizona State U.
Thomas Harris (2003, MS), Planet Inc. Charles Wheeler (2004, MS), U. Arizona
Timothy Varga (2007, MS), Climate Pol. Inst. John Clark (2009, MS), Google Inc.
Matthew Colgan (2012, PhD), Blue River Tech Kyla Dahlin (2012, PhD), Michigan State U.
Eben Broadbent (2013, PhD), U. Florida Angelica Almeyda (2013, PhD), U. Florida
Kelly McManus (2016, PhD), Stanford U. Dana Chadwick (2016, PhD), Stanford U.
Christa Anderson (2018, PhD), WWF Rebecca Niemiec (2018, PhD), Colorado State U.
Elsa Ordway (2018, PhD), Harvard U. Emily Francis
Rachel Engstrand Rachel Carlson
Name (years in lab), current employer
Sharon Hall (1999-01), Arizona State U. Jeffrey Hicke (2000-03), U. Idaho
Lydia Olander (2003-04), Duke U. Andrew Elmore (2003-04), U. Maryland
Roberta Martin (2004-06), Carnegie Institution Natalie Boelman (2005-06), Columbia U.
Maoyi Huang (2005-08), Pacific NW Nat. Lab. Choying Huang (2006-08), Taiwan Nat U.
Chris Doughty (2008-10), Northern Arizona U. Shaun Levick (2008-10), CSIRO, Australia
Scott Loarie (2008-10), Cal Acad. Sciences Jim Kellner (2008-11), Brown U.
Joseph Mascaro (2010-13), Planet Labs Jean-Baptiste Féret (2010-13), U. Montpellier
Nick Vaughn (2012-13), Carnegie Institution Mark Higgins (2011-14), USAID
Claire Baldeck (2012-15), Yale U. Paulo Brando (2013-15), Woods Hole R.C.
David Marvin (2014-2016), The Nature Conservancy Jomar Barbosa (2014-2016), U. of Madrid
Tarin Paz-Kagan (2016-2017), U. Tel Aviv Dana Chadwick (2016-2017), Stanford U.
Andrew Davies (2014-2019), Harvard U. Chris Balzotti (2015-2018), ASU
Luke Evans (2016-) Fredrick Draper (2016-)
Philip Brodrick (2016-) Jiwei Li (2018-)
James Askew (2018-) Pramukta Kumar (2018-)
Shawna Foo (2018-) Ovidiu Csillik (2018-)
- 2019 to present: Director, ASU Center for Global Discovery and Conservation Science
- 2019 to present: Professor, ASU School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning; School of Earth and Space Exploration
- 2002 to present: Professor (adjunct), Stanford University, Emmett Integrated Program in Environment and Resources
- 2018-2019: Senior Staff Scientist, Carnegie Institution for Science, Department of Global Ecology
- 2007-2019: Professor (crtsy), Stanford University, Department of Earth System Science
- 2004-2007: Assoc Professor (crtsy), Stanford University, Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences
- 2001-2017: Staff Scientist, Carnegie Institution for Science, Department of Global Ecology
- 2001-2004: Asst Professor (crtsy), Stanford University, Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences
- 1999-2001: Asst Professor, Univ of Colorado, Geological Sciences and Environmental Studies Program
- 1998-1999: Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University, Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences
- 1996-1998: Visiting Scientis, National Center for Atmospheric Research
2006- Director; Global Airborne Observatory (formerly Carnegie Airborne Observatory)
2014- Editorial Board Member; Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
2018- Member; Space Studies Board, National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
2019- Sustainability Speaker; Washington Speakers Bureau, Washington DC
2021- Director; Allen Coral Atlas, http://allencoralatlas.org
Board Member, Global Conservation