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Jeffrey Evans


Jeffrey Evans

Senior Landscape Ecologist, Conservation Lands

Jeffrey Evans is a Senior Landscape Ecologist for The Nature Conservancy’s Conservation Lands Global Science Team. His focus is on the development of new statistical tools for evaluation of species status, biodiversity, habitat quality and potential effects of anthropogenic development. Working extensively on the Conservancy’s Development by Design strategy, he works on using predictive models to develop solutions that benefit conservation outcomes. Jeffrey is involved in his own research, with collaborators at several universities, USFWS, NRCS, USFS and various TNC scientists, covering diverse topics such as spatial statistics, population ecology, remote sensing and landscape genetics.

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Publications

2016

Griscom, B.W., Ellis, P.W., Baccini, A., Marthinus, D., Evans, J.S., Ruslandi. (2016). Synthesizing global and local datasets to estimate jurisdictional forest carbon fluxes in Berau, Indonesia. PLoS ONE, 11, e0146357.

Smith, J.T., Evans, J.S., Martin, B.H., Baruch-Mordo, S., Kiesecker, J.M. & Naugle, D.E. (2016). Reducing cultivation risk for at-risk species: predicting outcomes of conservation easements for sage-grouse. Biological Conservation, 201, 10–19.

Evans, J.S. & Murphy, M. (2016). GeNetIt: spatial graph-theoretic genetic gravity modelling.

Evans, J.S. & Murphy, M.A. (2016). rfUtilities: random forests model selection and performance evaluation.

Evans, J.S. & Ram, K. (2016). spatialEco: spatial analysis and modelling.

2015

MacKenzie, D.I. & Evans, J.S. (2015). Analysis of male greater sage grouse lek count data (Technical Report). USFWS.

Doherty, K.E., Evans, J.S., Coates, P.S., Juliusson, L. & Fedy, B.C. (2015). Importance of regional variation in conservation planning and defining thresholds for a declining species: a range-wide example of the Greater Sage-grouse (Technical Report). USFWS.

Doherty, K.E., Evans, J.S., Walker, J., Devries, J.H. & Howerter, D.W. (2015). Building the foundation for international conservation planning for breeding ducks across the U.S. and Canadian border. PLoS ONE, 10, e0116735.

Dunscomb, J.K., Evans, J.S., Strager, J.M., Strager, M.P. & Kiesecker, J.M. (2015). Assessing future energy development across the Appalachian Landscape Conservation Cooperative (Technical Report No. 2012–2). Appalachian Landscape Conservation Cooperative.

Evans, J.S., Pedraza, C., Walschburger, T., González, J.C. & Kiesecker, J.M. (2015). A Shell-TNC Development by Design project for implementation of the mitigation hierarchy in Colombia’s Magdalena River Basin to enable Shell to manage impacts from both conventional and unconventional oil and gas development (phase I critical habitat analysis) (Technical Report). The Nature Conservancy, Arlington, VA.

Evans, J.S., Schill, S.R. & Raber, G.T. (2015). A systematic framework for spatial conservation planning and ecological priority design: an example from St. Lucia, Eastern Caribbean. In: Central American Biodiversity (ed. Huettmann, F.). Springer New York, pp. 603–623.

Lipsey, M.K., Doherty, K.E., Naugle, D.E., Fields, S., Evans, J.S., Davis, S.K. & Koper, N. (2015). One step ahead of the plow: using cropland conversion risk to guide Sprague’s Pipit conservation in the northern Great Plains. Biological Conservation, 191, 739–749.

Strager, M.P., Strager, J.M., Evans, J.S., Dunscomb, J.K., Kreps, B.J. & Maxwell, A.E. (2015). Combining a spatial model and demand forecasts to map future surface coal mining in Appalachia. PLoS ONE, 10, e0128813.

2014

Evans, J.S. & Kiesecker, J.M. (2014). Shale gas, wind and water: assessing the potential cumulative impacts of energy development on ecosystem services within the Marcellus Play. PLoS ONE, 9, e89210.

2013

Baruch-Mordo, S., Evans, J.S., Severson, J.P., Naugle, D.E., Maestas, J.D., Kiesecker, J.M., Falkowski, M.J., Hagen, C.A. & Reese, K.P. (2013). Saving sage-grouse from the trees: a proactive solution to reducing a key threat to a candidate species. Biological Conservation, 167, 233–241.

Copeland, H.E., Pocewicz, A., Naugle, D.E., Griffiths, T., Keinath, D., Evans, J. & Platt, J. (2013). Measuring the effectiveness of conservation: a novel framework to quantify the benefits of sage-grouse conservation policy and easements in Wyoming. PLoS ONE, 8, e67261.

Heiner, M., Yunden, B., Kiesecker, J.M., Galbrakh, D., Batsaikhan, N., Ganbaatar, M., Ichinkhorloo, O., Oidov, E., Donchinbuu, E., von Wehrden, H., Reading, R., Olson, K., Jackson, R., Evans, J., McKenney, B., Oakleaf, J. & Sochi, K. (2013). Identifying conservation priorities in the face of future development: applying development by design in the Mongolian Gobi. The Nature Conservancy, Ulanbaatar.

Kiesecker, J.M., Sochi, K., Heiner, M., McKenney, B., Evans, J. & Copeland, H. (2013). Development by Design: using a revisionist history to guide a sustainable future. In: Encyclopedia of biodiversity (ed. Levin, S.). Academic Press, Waltham, pp. 495–507.

Murphy, M.A., Evans, J.S. & Gabrielsen, C.G. (2013). Wetland hydroperiod and climate change. Plains and Prairie Pothole Landscape Conservation Cooperative.

2011

Evans, J.S., Murphy, M.A., Holden, Z.A. & Cushman, S.A. (2011). Modeling species distribution and change using random forest. In: Predictive Species and Habitat Modeling in Landscape Ecology (eds. Drew, C.A., Wiersma, Y.F. & Huettmann, F.). Springer New York, pp. 139–159.

Heiner, M., Galbrakh, D., Kiesecker, J.M., McKenney, B., Evans, J., Enkhtsetseg, T., Dash, Z., Vanchindorj, U., Baast, O., Dolgorjav, S., Radnaabazar, G., Donchinbuu, E., Lhamjav, O., Gongor, S., Girvetz, E. & McDonald, R. (2011). Identifying conservation priorities in the face of future development: applying development by design in the grasslands of Mongolia. The Nature Conservancy, Ulanbaatar.

Kiesecker, J.M., Evans, J.S., Fargione, J., Doherty, K., Foresman, K.R., Kunz, T.H., Naugle, D., Nibbelink, N.P. & Niemuth, N.D. (2011). Win-win for wind and wildlife: a vision to facilitate sustainable development. PLoS ONE, 6, e17566.

2010

Cushman, S.A., Gutzweiler, K., Evans, J.S. & McGarigal, K. (2010). The gradient paradigm: a conceptual and analytical framework for landscape ecology. In: Spatial Complexity, Informatics, and Wildlife Conservation (eds. Cushman, S.A. & Huettmann, F.). Springer Japan, pp. 83–108.

Doherty, K.E., Naugle, D.E. & Evans, J.S. (2010). A currency for offsetting energy development impacts: horse-trading sage-grouse on the open market. PLoS ONE, 5, e10339.

Doherty, K.E., Tack, J.D., Evans, J.S. & Naugle, D.E. (2010). Mapping breeding densities of greater sage-grouse: a tool for range-wide conservation planning ( No. L10PG00911). Bureau of Land Management.

Hegel, T.M., Cushman, S.A., Evans, J. & Huettmann, F. (2010). Current state of the art for statistical modelling of species distributions. In: Spatial Complexity, Informatics, and Wildlife Conservation (eds. Cushman, S.A. & Huettmann, F.). Springer Japan, pp. 273–311.

Murphy, M.A., Evans, J.S. & Storfer, A. (2010). Quantifying Bufo boreas connectivity in Yellowstone National Park with landscape genetics. Ecology, 91, 252–261.

2009

Evans, J.S. & Cushman, S.A. (2009). Gradient modeling of conifer species using random forests. Landscape Ecology, 24, 673–683.

2007

Evans, J.S. & Hudak, A.T. (2007). A multiscale curvature algorithm for classifying discrete return LiDAR in forested environments. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 45, 1029–1038.

Storfer, A., Murphy, M.A., Evans, J.S., Goldberg, C.S., Robinson, S., Spear, S.F., Dezzani, R., Delmelle, E., Vierling, L. & Waits, L.P. (2007). Putting the “landscape” in landscape genetics. Heredity, 98, 128–142.

2006

Rehfeldt, G.E., Crookston, N.L., Warwell, M.V. & Evans, J.S. (2006). Empirical analyses of plant-climate relationships for the western United States. International Journal of Plant Sciences, 167, 1123–1150.

Jeffrey Evans is a Senior Landscape Ecologist for The Nature Conservancy’s Conservation Lands Global Science Team. His focus is on the development of new statistical tools for evaluation of species status, biodiversity, habitat quality and potential effects of anthropogenic development. Working extensively on the Conservancy’s Development by Design strategy, he works on using predictive models to develop solutions that benefit conservation outcomes. Jeffrey is involved in his own research, with collaborators at several universities, USFWS, NRCS, USFS and various TNC scientists, covering diverse topics such as spatial statistics, population ecology, remote sensing and landscape genetics. Jeffrey received his Ph.D. from University of California Berkeley in ecology and statistics and holds an affiliate assistant professor position at the University of Wyoming. Prior to TNC he worked as a research ecologist for the USFS Research Station, held affiliate assistant professor status at the University of Idaho and worked at the California Academy of Sciences as a Research Assistant. Jeffrey has been married to, long term collaborator, Dr. Melanie Murphy for fifteen years and together they have two dogs and three horses. 

Jeffrey is one of the consulting lead scientists for the USDA-NRCS Sage Grouse Initiative, providing relevant science-based information to guide proactive “on-the-ground” management. He is also a technical advisor to the USFWS Prairie Pothole waterfowl science team and provides broad technical and statistical support to various TNC efforts. Current projects include impact assessment of development on biodiversity and ecosystem process in Colombia, Indonesia, India and the US. He is also collaborating with various academic colleagues on: evaluation of Hirola population dynamics in Kenya; response of wetland hydroperiod and biodiversity to climate variation in the US prairie pothole region; development of novel graph-theoretical statistics in evaluating genetic and functional connectivity; evaluation of anthropogenic disturbance on species occurrence; development of novel models for understanding spatial-temporal trend in sage grouse and other sage/grassland obligates; and development of several modeling tools for the ArcGIS and R software that facilitate technology transfer of novel analytical/statistical methods developed by the Conservation Lands Science team.

Contact

Geraldine Henrich-Koenis
Phone: (703) 841-3939
E-mail: ghenrich-koenis@tnc.org

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