University of Vermont

Jennifer Pontius

Jennifer Pontius

Research Assistant Professor, Director of Environmental Sciences Program, Director of Vermont Monitoring Cooperative

Phone: 802-656-3091
Office: 205C Aiken Center

Areas of Interest

forest health, remote sensing, GIS modeling

My research is cross-disciplinary with the ultimate goal of scaling plot-based forest health relationships to a landscape-scale using remote sensing and GIS modeling. To date, this work has focused on the detection and mapping of pre-visual forest decline symptoms resulting from invasive species, global climate change and acid deposition/nutrient depletion. These techniques provide a much-needed tool for the early detection of new and existing stressors and will allow forest management agencies to focus management efforts before stands are severely impacted.

Instructional Programs

Environmental Sciences
Natural Resources


Ph.D. 2004 Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of New Hampshire
M.S. 1998 Natural Resources, University of New Hampshire
B.A. 1993 Environmental Science with a concentration in Terrestrial Ecology, University of Virginia
B.A. 1993 Spanish, University of Virginia

Selected Publications

Castro –Tanzi1, S., Ureña-Retana, N., Pontius, J., Méndez, V.E..  In review. Carbon stocks in vegetation and soils across three land use classes in a tropical coffee growing landscape.  Ecosystems.

Pontius, J. and Halman, J.  In review.  A long-term examination of changing species assemblages at the Bartlett Experimental Forest.  Forest Science. 

Hanavan, R.P., Pontius, J., Hallett, R.A.   In Press. A ten year assessment of hemlock decline in the Catskill Mountain region of New York State using hyperspectral remote sensing techniques.  Environmental Entomology.

Pontius, J.   2014. A new approach for forest decline assessments: Maximizing detail and accuracy with multispectral imagery.  International Journal of Remote Sensing. 35:9, 3384-3402,

Pontius, J. and R. Hallett. 2014. Comprehensive methods for earlier detection and monitoring of forest decline. Forest Science. For. Sci. 60(3):000–000.

White, K., Pontius, J. and P. Schaberg.  2014.  Remote sensing of spring phenology in northeastern forests: a comparison of methods, field metrics and the impact image availability.  Remote Sensing of Environment:  148, pp. 97–107

Russel-Roy, E., Keaton, W., Pontius, J. 2014. Rehabilitation forestry and carbon market access on high-graded northern hardwood forests.  Canadian Journal of Forest Research.  44: 1–13 (2014)

Pontius, J., J. Duncan, M. Pendleton, J. Rosovsky, and C. Waite (Eds.) 2014. Proceedings of the December 12, 2013 Vermont Monitoring Cooperative Conference: New Collaborations for Emerging Forest Needs. Burlington, VT, Vermont Monitoring Cooperative. Available online at

Pontius, J., J. Duncan, M. Pendleton, J. Rosovsky, and C. Waite. 2014.  Vermont Monitoring Cooperative Strategic Plan 2015-2020. Vermont Monitoring Cooperative.  Available online at