Senior Lecturer, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

My research is cross-disciplinary with the goal of scaling field observations and relationships to a landscape-scale using remote sensing and GIS (geographic information system) tools to inform the management of northeastern forests.  Often this involves working across scales (temporal and spatial), data sources (field, satellite, spatial) and integrating across disciplines. This linking of geospatial and natural science methodologies provides the landscape perspective necessary to mitigate the impacts of environmental stressors, with the information necessary to guide activities at local to regional scales. Ongoing projects range from the development of novel techniques to map forest structure, phenology, health and growth to the creation of an interactive, multi-criterion decision support tool to inform sustainable management of the region’s forests.

Much of this work is done in collaboration with the USDA Forest Service Northern Research StationUSDA Forest Service Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry and collaborators at the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources and the Forest Ecosystem Monitoring Cooperative for which I am Principal Investigator.



McIntosh, A. and J. Pontius. 2016. Science and the Global Environment: Case Studies for Integrating Science and Global Environment, 1st Edition.  Elsevier, London UK.  pp. 515. ISBN: 9780128017128

Book Chapters

Jennifer Pontius and James Duncan. 2018. Linking Science and Management in a Geospatial, Multi- Criteria Decision Support Tool. In: New Perspectives in Forest Science. Editor: Helder Viana, IntechOpen.

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

  • Kosiba AM, Meigs G, Duncan J, Pontius J, Keeton W, Tait E. 2018. Spatiotemporal patterns of forest damage and disturbance in the Northeastern United States: 2000 - 2016. Forest Ecology and Management.
  • Oswald, E., Pontius, J., Rayback, S., Schaberg, P., Wilmot, S. and L.A. Dupigney-Giroux.  2018. The complex relationship between climate and sugar maple health: climate change implications for a key northern hardwood species. Forest Ecology and Management. 422: 303-312.
  • Adams, A. Pontius, J. Galford, G., D. Gudex-Cross and S. Merrill.  2018.  Modeling carbon storage across a heterogeneous mixed temperate forest: the influence of forest type specificity on regional-scale carbon storage estimates.  Landscape Ecology.  33: 641-658.
  • Pontius, J. Cook, B. Hanavan, R and R. Hallett.  2017. High spatial resolution spectral unmixing for mapping ash species across a complex urban environment.  Remote Sensing of Environment.  199:  360-369.
  • Pontius, J. Cook, B. Hanavan, R and R. Hallett.  (2017).  Early detection and mapping of urban forest stress and invasive spread using cutting edge remote sensing technologies.  Remote Sensing of Environment.  199:  360-369.
  • Guddex-Cross, D., Pontius, J. and Adams, A.  (2017). Enhanced forest cover mapping using spectral unmixing and object-based classification of multi-temporal Landsat imagery.  Remote Sensing of Environment 196: 193-204.   
  • Krebbs, J., Pontius, J. and P. Schaberg.  (2017). Modeling the Impacts of Hemlock Woolly Adelgid on Carbon stocks in Northern New England.  Canadian Journal of Forest Research 47: 727-734.
  • Livingston, W., Pontius, J., Costanza, K. and S. Trosper.  2017.  Spatially-explicit model for estimating locations of future hemlock growth declines associated with the hemlock woolly adelgid.  Biological Invasions 19(5), 1577-1595.  

Tool Development

  • Northeastern Forest Health Atlas. Duncan, J.A., Meigs, G.W.,Tait, E.R., Kosiba, A.M., Pontius, J.A., Keeton, W, 2018. Forest Ecosystem Monitoring Cooperative. (Aggregates 50+ years of aerial sketch mapping data across 6 states, with search and filter options by damage agent and damage type).
  • Vermont Forest Indicators Dashboard. Duncan, J., Pontius J., Kosiba, A. and J. Truong. 2018. This dynamic online tool aggregates and summarizes key ecosystem monitoring metrics into a relative score and trend to quantify and monitor the condition of Vermont’s forested ecosystems). 


Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Instructional programs: Environmental Sciences, Forestry, Natural Resources
Research: Forest ecology & health, satellite remote sensing, GIS modeling, experimental design & statistical analyses


  • Ph.D. 2004 Earth and Ecosystem Science, University of New Hampshire
  • M.S. 1998 Natural Resources, University of New Hampshire
  • B.A. 1993 Environmental Science: Terrestrial Ecology, University of Virginia
  • B.A. 1993 Spanish, University of Virginia


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Office Location:

205C Aiken Center