Gregory Asner

Cntr for Global Disc & Conservation Sci
1001 S. McAllister Ave
TEMPE Campus
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Center Dir & Professor
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Senior Sustainability Scientist
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Greg Asner is the director of ASU's Center for Global Discovery and Conservation Science. He serves on the faculty of the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning and the School of Earth and Space Exploration. Asner is an ecologist recognized for his exploratory and applied research on ecosystems and climate change at regional to global scales. His research spans the areas of spatial ecology and biodiversity, terrestrial carbon cycle, animal-habitat interactions, and climate change. He develops scientific approaches and technologies for investigation and conservation assessments of large ecoregions. Asner has published hundreds of scientific articles and has served in numerous national and international programs with NASA, the U.S. State Department, and the United Nations. He is a recipient of multiple scientific and sustainability awards and is an elected member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.


  • Ph.D. Biology, University of Colorado-Boulder 1997 
  • M.S. Geography, University of Colorado-Boulder 1995 
  • B.S. Engineering (Radiative Physics), University of Colorado-Boulder 1991 



Fall 2020
Course Number Course Title
GPH 690 Reading and Conference
GCU 690 Reading and Conference
Summer 2020
Course Number Course Title
GCU 692 Research
Spring 2020
Course Number Course Title
GCU 683 Fieldwork
Fall 2019
Course Number Course Title
GCU 692 Research


  • The Heinz Award for the Environment, 2017
  • Batseva Fellow, Israeli Academy of Sciences and Humanities, 2017
  • Pongo Environment Award, 2017
  • Elected Fellow, Ecological Society of America, 2016
  • Elected Fellow, American Geophysical Union, 2015
  • IFOF Honoree Award in Aviation, 2015
  • Association for American Geographers Outstanding Contributions Award, 2014
  • Nominet Trust 100 Award for Social Innovation, 2014
  • Elected to U.S. National Academy of Sciences, 2013
  • Popular Science Magazine Brilliant Ten Award, 2007
  • Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), 2000
  • NASA Early Career Award, 2000 NASA Group Achievement Award, 1999
  • NASA Earth System Science Fellowship, 1996-1998
  • NSF Biosphere-Atmosphere Interactions Fellowship, 1996-1998
  • W.M. Keck Foundation Fellowship Award, 1995-1996
  • Mabel Duncan Conservation Biology Award, 1999


Editorial Board Member; Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2014 to present

Editorial Board Member; Remote Sensing for Ecology and Conservation, 2017 to present

Professional Associations

  • American Geophysical Union
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation
  • Ecological Society of America
  • International Society for Reef Studies
  • Organization for Tropical Studies
  • U.S. National Academy of Sciences


2006-               Director; Global Airborne Observatory (formerly Carnegie Airborne Observatory)

2014-               Editorial Board; Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

2018-               Partnership Lead; Allen Coral Atlas,

2018-               Board Member; Space Studies Board, National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine

2019-               Sustainability Communicator; Porter-Novelli Group, New York, NY.

Graduate Faculties / Mentoring History

Graduate student advisees

Name (year, degree), current employer

David Lobell (2003, PhD), Stanford U.              Roberta Martin (2003, PhD), Arizona State U.

Thomas Harris (2003, MS), Planet Inc.              Charles Wheeler (2004, MS), U. Arizona

Timothy Varga (2007, MS), Climate Pol. Inst.   John Clark (2009, MS), Google Inc.

Matthew Colgan (2012, PhD), Blue River Tech  Kyla Dahlin (2012, PhD), Michigan State U.

Eben Broadbent (2013, PhD), U. Florida            Angelica Almeyda (2013, PhD), U. Florida      

Kelly McManus (2016, PhD), Stanford U.         Dana Chadwick (2016, PhD), Stanford U.

Christa Anderson (2018, PhD), WWF               Rebecca Niemiec (2018, PhD), Colorado State U.

Elsa Ordway (2018, PhD), Harvard U.               Emily Francis

Rachel Engstrand                                              Rachel Carlson


Post-doctoral advisees

Name (years in lab), current employer

Sharon Hall (1999-01), Arizona State U.                        Jeffrey Hicke (2000-03), U. Idaho

Lydia Olander (2003-04), Duke U.                                Andrew Elmore (2003-04), U. Maryland

Roberta Martin (2004-06), Carnegie Institution              Natalie Boelman (2005-06), Columbia U.

Maoyi Huang (2005-08), Pacific NW Nat. Lab.              Choying Huang (2006-08), Taiwan Nat U.

Chris Doughty (2008-10), Northern Arizona U.              Shaun Levick (2008-10), CSIRO, Australia

Scott Loarie (2008-10), Cal Acad. Sciences                   Jim Kellner (2008-11), Brown U.

Joseph Mascaro (2010-13), Planet Labs                         Jean-Baptiste F�ret (2010-13), U. Montpellier

Nick Vaughn (2012-13), Carnegie Institution                 Mark Higgins (2011-14), USAID

Claire Baldeck (2012-15), Yale U.                                 Paulo Brando (2013-15), Woods Hole R.C.

David Marvin (2014-2016), The Nature Conservancy     Jomar Barbosa (2014-2016), U. of Madrid

Tarin Paz-Kagan (2016-2017), U. Tel Aviv                    Dana Chadwick (2016-2017), Stanford U.

Andrew Davies (2014-2019), Harvard U.                       Chris Balzotti (2015-2018), ASU         

Luke Evans (2016-)                                                      Fredrick Draper (2016-)                       

Philip Brodrick (2016-)                                                Jiwei Li (2018-)                                   

James Askew (2018-)                                                   Pramukta Kumar (2018-)                     

Shawna Foo (2018-)                                                     Ovidiu Csillik (2018-)

Work History

2018 - 2019     Senior Staff Scientist, Dept of Global Ecology, Carnegie Institution for Science

2017 -              Research Professor (adjunct), Department of Biology, Wake Forest University

2007 -  2019    Professor (crtsy.), Earth System Science, Stanford University

2002 -              Professor (crtsy.), Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Envir. and Resources, Stanford

2001 - 2017     Staff Scientist, Dept of Global Ecology, Carnegie Institution for Science

2004 - 2007     Assoc Professor (crtsy.), Geological & Envir. Sciences, Stanford University

2001 - 2004     Asst Professor (crtsy.), Geological & Envir. Sciences, Stanford University

1999 - 2001     Asst Professor, Geological Sciences & Envir. Studies, University of Colorado

1998 - 1999     Postdoctoral Fellow, Geological & Envir. Sciences, Stanford University

1996 - 1998     Visiting Scientist, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder Colorado