Greg Asner is a staff scientist in Carnegie's Department of Global Ecology and also serves as a Professor in the Department of Earth System Science at Stanford University. He is an ecologist recognized for his exploratory and applied research on ecosystems, land use, and climate change at regional to global scales.
Asner graduated with a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder, in 1991. He earned master's and doctorate degrees in geography and biology, respectively, from the University of Colorado in 1997. He served as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences at Stanford University until he joined the faculty of the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Colorado in 1999. In 2001,he took a faculty position at Carnegie.
Asner investigates the interactions between land use, climate, and ecosystems through a combination of extensive field study, airborne and satellite remote sensing, and computer modeling. His work has uncovered ecological change in remote forests and desert regions of the world. He also maintains a long-term research program on the chemical evolution of plants, and its relationship to Earth spectroscopy measured with airborne and orbital remote sensing instrumentation. His basic research has propelled a series of U.S. and European satellite missions to study Earth’s changing biological diversity. He has published more than 600 scientific articles.
Asner’s science and technology effort has created opportunities for national and international policy actions to protect ecosystems. He has worked with numerous government and non-government organizations to rapidly assess vast tracts of land and coastal ocean ecosystems, and to facilitate sustainable development while reducing carbon emissions and biodiversity loss. He is the developer of the CLASlite forest monitoring project, providing deforestation monitoring software and training to government and private organizations in more than 130 countries. He is the founder of the Spectranomics Project, a research effort revealing new patterns of biodiversity around the world. He is founder and director of the Carnegie Airborne Observatory, an advanced Earth mapping facility that supports large-scale ecosystem research, conservation and sustainable development. Asner and his team continue to explore new ecological frontiers, while informing the public sector on pressing environmental issues, and identifying opportunities for cost-effective and profitable natural resource policy decision-making.
Asner has served in numerous national and international posts including as Chair of the NASA Senior Review Panel and as a member of the steering committees for the U.S. Carbon Cycle Science Program, U.N. Diversitas Program, and NASA-Brazil Amazon Program. From 2011 to 2013, Asner served as a Senior Fellow for the U.S. State Department. Asner is a recipient of the Presidential Early Career award under the Clinton Administration, NASA Career and Group Achievement awards, and an Outstanding Contributions Award from the Association of American Geographers. He was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in 2013. He was named a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union in 2015, and of the Ecological Society of America in 2016.
Learn more at http://globalecology.stanford.edu/labs/asnerlab/