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John A Young

John Young is a Research Biologist (Biogeography/GIS) at the USGS Leetown Science Center and Lead of the EESC Remote Sensing and GIS Team. 

His research interests include developing innovative applications of GIS and remote sensing technologies to assess the impact of landscape structure on the distribution of aquatic and terrestrial species and their habitats.  His past research activities have included assessing watershed land use effects on aquatic communities, modeling the distribution of endangered, rare, and at risk plants and animals, remote sensing monitoring and assessment of forest vegetation communities, and characterizing forest structure and change using aerial lidar.  His work has also included development of risk and vulnerability models using multi-criteria decision support tools and geospatial modeling, and development of spatial sampling designs for field data collection. 

Current Research

  • Assessing landscape and watershed factors influencing the distribution of species and their habitats
  • Development of GIS and remote sensing methods for characterizing aquatic and terrestrial habitats
  • Derivation of habitat and habitat change metrics from topographic and bathymetric lidar
  • Landscape and genetic approaches to understanding population structuring of rare and at risk plants

Education and Certifications

  • M.S. Geography, 1992, Virginia Tech

  • B.A. Geography, 1987, Virginia Tech

Affiliations and Memberships*

  • International Association of Landscape Ecologists, International Biogeography Society

Science and Products

*Disclaimer: Listing outside positions with professional scientific organizations on this Staff Profile are for informational purposes only and do not constitute an endorsement of those professional scientific organizations or their activities by the USGS, Department of the Interior, or U.S. Government

**Disclaimer: The views expressed in Non-USGS publications are those of the author and do not represent the views of the USGS, Department of the Interior, or the U.S. Government.