Dawn Browning

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Email: dawn.browning@ars.usda.gov

Phone: 575 646 8032

USDA-ARS-Jornada Experimental Range
P.O. Box 30003, MSC 3JER, NMSU
Las Cruces, NM  88003

 

Title & Affiliation(s):

  • Research Ecologist, USDA-ARS, Jornada Experimental Range
  • Collaborator, Jornada Basin LTER

Primary Research Interests:

My research spans the fields of plant ecology, remote sensing, spatial statistics, landscape ecology, and range management. I am broadly interested in quantifying how species are distributed across heterogeneous landscapes and understanding the ecological basis for those distributions and how they vary through time. In addition, I strive to devise remote sensing applications to facilitate mapping and monitoring of vegetation in spatially complex arid and semi-arid ecosystems. Current areas of research include:

  • Comparison of the spatial patterns and dynamics of woody plant proliferation across Chihuahuan and Sonoran deserts
  • Quantifying scaling relationships for land surface characteristics with remote sensing
  • Cross-scale analysis of vegetation phenology
  • 2013 to present - Research Ecologist, USDA, ARS, Range Management Research Unit, Las Cruces, New Mexico
  • 2009 to 2013 - Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Physical Scientist, USDA, ARS, Range Management Research Unit, Las Cruces, New Mexico
  • 2004 to 2007 - EPA STAR Graduate Fellow, School of Natural Resources, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
  • 2003 to 2004 - Graduate Research Assistant, School of Natural Resources, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
  • 2001 to 2003 - Research Specialist, Fish and Wildlife Cooperative Research, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico
  • 1998 to 2000 - Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas

Education:

2008      Ph.D.      University of Arizona, Renewable Natural Resource Studies
2000 M.S. University of Arkansas, Biological Sciences
1996 B.S. Mississippi State University, Biological Sciences

Synergistic Activities:

  • Reviewer for Landscape Ecology, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, Journal of Vegetation Science, Journal of Range Management (now Rangeland Ecology and Management), Journal of Herpetology, 2004-2009
  • Panelist, Women In Science and Engineering Undergraduate Career Session, 2008
  • Member Information Technology Committee for School of Natural Resources (SNR), University of Arizona, 2007-2008
  • Committee for School of Natural Resources Graduate Invited Speaker Series, 2006
  • Graduate Representative, Search Committee for Director, SNR, University of Arizona, 2006