Jon is a current PhD student in the Department of Geography at the University of California, Los Angeles. He specializes in remote sensing of the environment with a particular interest in socio-ecological systems. Jon also engages students in best practices in cartography and geographic information systems (GIS).
Jon and his advisor, Dr. Thomas W. Gillespie, have been awarded a three-year grant from the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health to apply machine learning in remote sensing to urban forest health assessment. The project is entitled “Optimizing the planning and management of Los Angeles County’s urban forest”.
He has been selected as the first Fellow for NAHR_California. The Nature Art & Habitat Residency is an eco-laboratory of multidisciplinary practice and is typically hosted in the Taleggio Valley, Bergamo, Italy. This year, Jon will spend two weeks in March in the Santa Ynez Valley covering the residency’s theme, Interdependence Between Species. His project, “Picking Up Traces: Assessing Animal Response to Socio-Morphologies” will use mixed-methods to trace (non)human ecological relationships across the study site. Find out more at NAHR’s website.
- Ph.D. Geography
- University of California, Los Angeles, 2023 (Expected)
- M.A. Geography
- University of California, Los Angeles, 2020
- A Global Analysis of Tropical Dry Forest Extent and Cover Based on Climatic Definitions
- B.S. Policy, Planning & Development
- University of Southern California, 2013
- Current Fields of Interest
- Biogeography, GIScience, Political Ecology, Remote Sensing, Socio-Ecological Systems, Urban Design & Ecology
- How do socio-morphologies impact biodiversity presence?
- Do impediments to historical (a)biotic movement help or hurt conservation goals?
- Can coupling remote sensing with local ecological knowledge get us to this understanding?
- Selected Publications
- Ocón, J. P., Ibanez, T., Franklin, J., Pau, S., Keppel, G., Rivas-Torres, G., … & Gillespie, T. W. (2020). Bioclimatic definitions of tropical dry forest improve our ability to map this critically endangered biome at a global spatial scale. PLOS ONE (submitted for publication).
- Ordway, E. M., Elmore, A. J., Kolstoe, S., Quinn, J. E., Swanwick, R., Cattau, M., … & Wilson, C. (2020). Leveraging the NEON Airborne Observation Platform for socio-environmental systems research. Ecosphere (submitted for publication).
- Recent Awards
- Spring 2021 Residency - Nature Art & Habitat Residency
- Graduate Dean’s Scholar Award - Graduate Division, UCLA