Phone: 575 646 2961
Jornada Experimental Range
P.O. Box 30003, MSC 3JER, NMSU
Las Cruces, NM 88003
- GIS Remote Sensing Specialist, Jornada Experimental Range, New Mexico State University
Primary Research Interests:
I see myself as an interdisciplinary scientist trying to bridge the gaps between quantitative geography, wildlife management, and ecology to better understand the interactions and conflicts between natural and human systems. I rely heavily on the use of geospatial tools such as geographic information systems and remote sensing. My current research at the Jornada Experimental Range falls into two categories:
- High-resolution 3D modeling of rangeland ecosystems for use in nation-wide monitoring programs
- Web-based platforms for scientific knowledge exchange with an emphasis in geographically explicit information
- March 2011 to present- College Assistant Professor, New Mexico State University, Jornada Experimental Range
- June 2010 to Sept. 2010 - GIS/Cartography Technician, Yellowstone National Park, National Park Service
- June 2008 to Jan. 2011 – Research Assistant, University of Idaho Department of Rangeland Ecology and Management
- Sept. 2009 to Feb. 2010 – Contract Technical Writer, The Nature Conservancy
- Dec. 2007 to May 2008 – Geographic Information Specialist, Intern, Petersburg National Battlefield, VA, National Park Service
- Nov. 2006 to April 2007 – X-Country Ski Instructor, Donner Summit, CA
- Sept. 2006 to Nov. 2006 – Botany/Biology Field Technician, Whiskeytown National Recreation, CA, National Park Service
- May 2006 to Sept. 2006 – Backcounty Hiking Guide, Denali National Park, AK
- Oct. 2005 to April 2006 – X-Country Ski Instructor/Mountain Guide, Sequoia, CA
- July to Aug 2003 – Prairie Ecology Research Assistant, Konza Prairie, KS, Kansas State University
Gillan, J.K., J.W. Karl, N.N. Barger, A. Elaksher, and M. Duniway. In Review. Spatially explicit rangeland erosion monitoring using high-resolution digital aerial imagery. Rangeland Ecology and Management.
Gillan, J.K., J.W. Karl, M. Duniway, and A. Elaksher. 2014. Modeling Vegetation Heights from High Resolution Stereo Aerial Photography: An Application for Broad-Scale Rangeland Monitoring. Environmental Management 144: 226-235. DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2014.05.028
Browning, D. M., J. Franklin, S. R. Archer, J. K. Gillan, and D. P. Guertin. 2014. Spatial pattern of grassland-shrubland state transitions: a 74 year record on grazed and protected areas. Ecological Applications 24: 1421-1433. DOI: 10.1890/13-2033.1
Karl, J. W., J. K. Gillan, N. N. Barger, J. E. Herrick, and M. Duniway. 2014. Interpretation of high-resolution imagery for detecting vegetation cover composition change after fuels reduction treatments in woodlands. Ecological Indicators 45: 570-578.
Gillan, J. K., E. K. Strand, J. W. Karl, K. P. Reese, and T. Laninga. 2013. Using spatial statistics and point pattern simulations to assess the spatial dependency between greater sage-grouse and anthropogenic features. Wildlife Society Bulletin (37) 2: 301-310. DOI: 10.1002/wsb.272
Karl, J.W., J.E. Herrick, R. S. Unnasch, J.K. Gillan, E.C. Ellis, W.G. Lutters, and L. J. Martin. 2013. Geo-semantic searching: discovering ecologically-relevant knowledge from published studies. Bioscience (63)8: 674-682. DOI:10.1525/bio.2013.63.8
Karl, J. W., J. K. Gillan, and J. E. Herrick. 2013. Geographic searching for ecological studies: a new frontier. Trends in Ecology and Evolution (28)7: 383-384. DOI: 10.1016/j.tree.2013.05.001 University of Oregon Geography Department. 2012. Atlas of Yellowstone.
University of California Press. Contributing author on sagebrush steppe chapter that included Sage-grouse distribution modeling.
Gillan, J. K. and E. K. Strand. 2010. Sage-grouse Habitat in Idaho: A Practical Guide for Land Owners and Managers. University of Idaho Department of Rangeland Ecology and Management. http://www.cnr.uidaho.edu/range/pubs/sage-grouse_guide.pdf
- 2008-2011, M.S. in Environmental Science, Certificate in GIS, University of Idaho, Emphasis: geographic information systems, remote sensing, and wildlife conservation
- 2000- 2005, Honors B.S. in Park Management and Conservation, Kansas State University, Secondary Major in Natural Resources of Environmental Science Minor in Business Administration