Dawn Browning

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Email: dawn.browning@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


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