Tamara Wilson

Biography

Tamara’s broad research interests include how land use and land cover change, both historic and projected, influence regional environmental processes while identifying the local and non-local drivers of land use change.  Her graduate training at the University of Arizona was in the fields of biogeography, climatology, climate change, paleoclimate, and paleoecology.  With her experience examining the connections between biogeographic history and past climate, she was able to make the leap to utilizing modern archives of change derived from satellites to examine climate and human-derived landscape level changes and impacts. She was a co-editor of the USGS Professional Paper titled Status and Trends of Land Use and Land Cover in the Western United States –an unprecedented report documenting nearly three decades of land use and land cover change using the Landsat imagery archive. The report is a culmination of over 10 years of collective work with dozens of colleagues and across multiple science centers.   Her recent work with the U.S. Geological Survey’s LandCarbon project helped to produce the first set of land use and land cover projections out to the year 2100 for the conterminous United States based on four different IPCC scenarios.  She recently published a subset of this data for the forested region of the West Coast in USGS report titled, Future Scenarios of Land-Use and Land-Cover Change in the United States: The Marine West Coast Forests Ecoregion.  She is currently examining how these projections may influence changes in California’s conservation lands and plans to expand this research to the national scale.  

 

Publications

Wilson, T.S., Sleeter, B.M., and D.R. Cameron (2017) Mediterranean California’s water use future under multiple scenarios of developed and agricultural land use change, PLOS One 12(10): e0187181 https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0187181. 

Wilson, T.S. (2017) Mediterranean California’s water use future under multiple scenarios of developed and agricultural land use change: U.S. Geological Survey Data Release, https://doi.org/10.5066/F7Z60MZC.

Sleeter, B.M., Wilson, T.S., Sharygin, E., and J. Sherba (2017) Future scenarios of land change based on empirical data and demographic trends. Earth's Future 5 (8) DOI: 10.1002/2017EF000560 http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2017EF000560/full

Wilson, T.S., Sleeter, B.M., and D.R. Cameron (2016) Future land-use related water demand in California. Environmental Research Letters 11(5) http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/11/5/054018 [Link]

Liu, J., Sleeter, B., Zhu, Z., Heath, L., Tan, Z., Wilson, T.S., Sherba, J., and D. Zhou (2016) Estimating Carbon Sequestration in the Piedmont Ecoregion of the United States from 1971 to 2010. Carbon Balance and Management 11(10) DOI: 10.1186/s13021-016-0052-y [Link]

Wilson, T.S., Costanza, J., Smith, J., and J. Morisette (2015). Second State-and-Transition Simulation Modeling Conference. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America 96:174-175. [Link]

Wilson, T.S., Sleeter, B.M., Sherba, J., and D. Cameron (2015). Land-use impacts on water resources and protected areas: applications of state-and-transition simulation modeling of future scenarios. AIMS Environmental Science [Link]

Sohl, T.L., Sayler, K.L., Bouchard, M.A., Reker, R.R., Friesz, A.M., Bennett, S.L., Sleeter, B.M., Sleeter, R.R., Wilson, T.S., Knuppe, M., and Van Hofwegen, T., 2014. Spatially explicit modeling of 1992 to 2100 land cover and forest stand age for the conterminous United States. Ecological Applications: http://dx.doi.org/10.1890/13-1245.1 [Link]

Wilson, T.S., Sleeter, B.M., Sleeter, R.R., Soulard, C.E. (2014). Land use threats and protected areas: a scenario-based, landscape level approach. Land 3(2): 362-389. [Link]

Wilson, T.S. Potential future land-use conversion scenarios in the Pacific Northwest from 2000-2100 (4/8/2014). Map database of land use threats in the Pacific Northwest based on the Land publication. ScienceBase U.S. Geological Survey [Link]

Soulard, C.E., Acevedo, W., Auch, R.F., Sohl, T.L., Drummond, M.A., Sleeter, B.M., Sorenson, D.G., Kambly, S., Wilson, T.S., Taylor, J.L., Sayler, K.L., Stier, M.P., Barnes, C.A., Methven, S.C., Loveland, T.R., Headley, R., and Brooks, M.S., 2014, Land Cover Trends Dataset, 1973–2000: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 844, 10 p.,http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ds844. [Link]

Sleeter, B.M., Griffith, G., Wilson, T.S., Sleeter, R.R., Soulard, C.E., Sayler, K.L., Reker, R.R., Bouchard, M.A. and T.L. Sohl (2014). Ecoregion and Scenario Framework. Chapter 2 in Zhu, Zhiliang, and Reed, Bradley, eds., Baseline and projected future carbon storage and greenhouse-gas fluxes in ecosystems of the eastern United States: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1804, 204 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/pp1804 [Link]

Reker, R.R., Sayler, K.L., Friesz, A.M., Sohl, T.L., Bouchard, M.A., Sleeter, B.M., Sleeter, R.R., Wilson, T.S., Griffith, G.E. and M.L. Knuppe (2014). Mapping and Modeling of Land Use and Land Cover in the Eastern United States From 1992-2050. Chapter 3 in Zhu, Zhiliang, and Reed, Bradley, eds., Baseline and projected future carbon storage and greenhouse-gas fluxes in ecosystems of the eastern United States: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1804, 204 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/pp1804 [Link]

Wilson, T.S. Map database of land use threats in the Pacific Northwest (4/2014). Conservation Biology Institute. Published on www.databasin.org [Link]

Wilson, T.S., Sleeter, B.M., and A.W. Davis (2014) Potential future land use threats to California’s protected areas. Regional Environmental Change. DOI: 10.1007/s10113-014-0686-9 [Link]

Soulard, C.E., Wilson, T.S., 2013, Recent land-use/land-cover change in the Central California Valley, Journal of Land Use Science (published online 09/25/13). http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1747423X.2013.841297 [Download File]

Wilson, T.S., Sleeter, B.M., Sohl, T.L., Griffith, G., Acevedo, W., Bennett, S., Bouchard, M., Reker, R., Ryan, C., Sayler, K.L, Sleeter, R., and C.E. Soulard (2012). Future Scenarios of Land-Use and Land-Cover Change in the United States: The Marine West Coast Forests Ecoregion. U.S. Geological Survey Open File Report 2012-1252, 23 p. [Link]

Sohl, T.L., Sleeter, B.M., Wilson, T.S., Bouchard, M.A., Sleeter, R. R., Sayler, K.L., Reker, R.R., Soulard, C.E., and S.L. Bennet (2012). Baseline Land-Use and Land-Cover Changes in the Western United States Between 1992 and 2005, Chapter 2 in Zhu, Z. and Reed, B.C., eds. Baseline and Projected Future Carbon Storage and Greenhouse-Gas Fluxes in Ecosystems of the Western United States, U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1797, p. 17-28. [Link]

Sleeter, B.M., Sohl, T.L., Wilson, T.S., Sleeter, R. R., Soulard, C.E., Bouchard, M.A., Sayler, K.L., Reker, R.R., and G.E. Griffith (2012). Projected Land-Use and Land-Cover Change in the Western United States, Chapter 6 in Zhu, Z. and Reed, B.C., eds. Baseline and Projected Future Carbon Storage and Greenhouse-Gas Fluxes in Ecosystems of the Western United States, U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1797, p. 65-86. [Link]

Sleeter, B.M., Wilson, T.S., and W. Acevedo (eds.) (2012). Status and Trends of Land Use and Land Cover in the Western United States, U.S. Geological Survey, Professional Paper 1794A. [Link]

Wilson, T.S. and D. Sorenson (2012). Chapter 3: Willamette Valley Ecoregion, in Sleeter, B.M., Wilson, T.S., and Acevedo, W., eds., 2012, Status and trends of land change in the Western United States—1973 to 2000: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1794–A, p. 51-57. [Link]

Soulard, C.E., Raumann, C.G., and Wilson, T.S. (2012). Chapter 18: Southern California Mountains Ecoregion, in Sleeter, B.M., Wilson, T.S., and Acevedo, W., eds., 2012, Status and trends of land change in the Western United States—1973 to 2000: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1794–A, p. 191-198. [Link]

Calzia, J.P. and T.S. Wilson (2012). Chapter 30: Sonoran Basin and Range Ecoregion, in Sleeter, B.M., Wilson, T.S., and Acevedo, W., eds., 2012, Status and trends of land change in the Western United States—1973 to 2000: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1794–A, p. 303-310. [Link]

Wilson, T.S. (2012). North Cascades Ecoregion, Chapter 14, in Sleeter, B.M., Wilson, T.S., and Acevedo, W., eds., 2012, Status and trends of land change in the Western United States—1973 to 2000: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1794–A, p.151-158. [Link]

Wilson, T.S. (2011). Past, Present, and Future of Land Cover Trends Research. U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2011-3080. [Link]

Sleeter, B.M, Wilson, T.S., Soulard, C.E., and J. Liu (2010) Estimation of Late 20th Century Land-cover Change in California. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 173(1-4): 251-266. [Link]

Wilson, T.S. (2009). The North Cascades Ecoregion Summary. U.S. Geological Survey. [Link]

Wilson, T.S. and D.G. Sorenson (2008). The Willamette Valley Ecoregion Summary. U.S. Geological Survey. [Link]

Soulard, C.E., and T.S. Wilson (2008). Southern California Mountains Ecoregion Summary. U.S. Geological Survey. [Link]

Soulard, C.E., Raumann, C.G., and T.S. Wilson (2007). Land-Cover Trends of the Southern California Mountains Ecoregion. U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2007-5235. [Link]

Wilson, T.S. (2001). Seasonal and decadal precipitation variability and regionalization for Baja California, Mexico. Masters thesis, University of Arizona, Tucson.