Dr. Paul Evangelista is a research ecologist at the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory (NREL) and associate professor in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability. He holds a MSc in Forest Ecology and PhD in Forest Ecosystem Management from Colorado State University. His research at the NREL has extended across a broad array of interests including invasive species, forestry, rare and endangered wildlife, ecosystem services, resource management, fire ecology, and climate change. His interests are frequently examined in the context of space and time through a suite of integrative spatial modeling techniques that combine field data, traditional and expert knowledge, geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing and spatial statistics. Such analytical approaches have been used for early detection of invasive species, discovery of new wildlife populations, mapping forests and landcover, and predicting species’ distribution in response to changing climates. Dr. Evangelista is also heavily engaged in non-traditional education and capacity building through experiential learning. For example, he is the director and science advisor for NASA DEVELOP at Colorado State University, a national program designed to provide student interns geospatial and remote sensing experience in applied research outside of classroom settings. These projects have ranged from quantifying pine beetle damage for the US Forest Service to damage assessments of the 2013 floods along the Colorado Front Range.
Role(s) in BANR: Feedstock supply analysis and development of decision support system