Terry Arundel

Terry Arundel is geographer with the USGS-Southwest Biological Science Center (SBSC) specializing in using geographic information systems, remote sensing, and modeling technologies to analyze complex geospatial and temporal ecosystem research questions.


He received a Masters in Geography from Northern Arizona University and has over 25 years of professional experience in surveying, cartography and geographic information systems (GIS). Terry began his career as a land surveyor in Phoenix, Arizona. During his final year of undergraduate education at Northern Arizona University, he was awarded a working internship as a cartographer at the National Geographic Society from a national competition. Later he was employed as a cartographer for the Smithsonian Institution, Museum of Natural History. For more than 20 years he has worked exclusively with GIS to analyze complex geographic problems or model spatial relationships. His research interests include geography of the Colorado Plateau, ecological principles that influence the temporal and spatial distribution of wildlife and vegetation, applied spatial statistics and modeling in GIS, and cartography as an art form.


Terry Arundel serves as a USGS Geographer to provide leadership in geography and geospatial information science and technology (GIS). He is responsible for leadership, management, development, coordination, operation, assuring conformance with agency standards, and informal training within the Center's Geospatial Technolgy program.  He coordinates a cohesive, efficient, anticipatory, and contemporary GIS program in support of natural resource and biological research projects conducted within the Center. This entails program leadership, coordination and conducting project-specific work to support the needs of Center scientists. To accomplish this goal he works closely with Center scientists in all locations, communication and outreach staff, research station and project-specific GIS specialists/spatial analysts, and USGS contacts in other Centers, the Western Regional Office, the Enterprise GIS (EGIS) and Enterprise Applications Center, and the USGS National Center. Finally, Terry provides expert knowledge in geospatial science and technology (GST) methodologies and techniques, including Web-based access and delivery, to other federal, state, and local agencies, and private sector firms.



Jeffrey E. Lovich, Charles T. LaRue, Charles A. Drost and Terence R. Arundel. 2012 (In Press). Determining the natural distribution and native status of species via traditional ecological knowledge and use by indigenous people: a case study using turtles and Hopi Native American culture in Arizona, USA. Journal of Biogeography. [Guest Editorial]

Ennen, J.R., J.E. Lovich, K. Meyer, C. Bjurlin, and T.R. Arundel. 2012 (In Press). Nesting Ecology of a Desert Tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) Population at a Utility-Scale Renewable Energy Facility in Southern California. Copeia 2012, No. 2, 223–229.  [Journal Article]

Johnston, K., Editor. 2011 (Forthcoming). Getting to Know ArcGIS Agent Analyst. Redlands: ESRI Press. Book Chapters:  Chapter 5: Moving point agents based on multi criteria decision making; Chapter 8 Adding complexity to moving discrete point agents over continuous surfaces. [Book Chapters]

Lovich, Jeff, Ennen, Joshua R., Madrak, Sheila, Loughran, Caleb, Meyer,Kathie, Arundel, Terence R., and Bjurlin, Curtis. 2011. Long-term post-fire effects on spatial ecology and reproductive output of female Agassiz's desert tortoises (Gopherus agassizii) at a wind energy facility near Palm Springs, California. Fire Ecology: The Journal of the Association for Fire Ecology. [Journal Article]

Lovich, J. E., Ennen, J. R., Madrak, S., Meyer, K., Loughran,  C., Bjurlin, C., Arundel, T., Turner, W., Jones, C., Groenendaal, G.M. 2011. Effects of wind energy production on growth, demography, and survivorship of a desert tortoise (gopherus agassizii) population in southern California with comparisons to natural populations. Herpetological Conservation and Biology 6(2):161-174. [Journal Article]

Nowak, Erika M. and Arundel, Terence. 2011. Co-occurrence of Syntopic Venomous Reptiles At Tonto National Monument, Arizona, U.S.A. [USGS Final report]

Thomas, Kathryn A.; Hunt, Randall; Arundel, Terry; Guertin, P. 2009. Petrified Forest National Park Invasive Plant Species Survey and Mapping; 2002-2005. [USGS Open-File Report 2009-1179]

Hart, J. V., C. van Riper III, D. J. Mattson, and T. R. Arundel. 2008. Effects of fenced transportation corridors on pronghorn movements at Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona. Pg 161-185. In: C. van Riper III and M. K. Sogge (eds). The Colorado Plateau III: Integrating research and resources management for effective conservation. University of Arizona Press, Tucson, Arizona. 393 pp. [Book Chapter]

Johnson, M.J., S.L. Durst, C.M. Calvo, L. Stewart, M.K. Sogge, G. Bland, and T. Arundel. 2008. Yellow-billed Cuckoo Distribution, Abundance, and Habitat Use Along the Lower Colorado River and It's Tributaries, 2007 Annual Report. USGS Open-File Report 2008-1177. [Open-File Report]

Jennifer A. Holmes, Christopher Calvo, Matthew J. Johnson, and Terence R. Arundel. 2008. Yellow-billed cuckoo distribution, abundance, habitat use, and breeding ecology in the Verde River watershed of Arizona, 2004-2005, 34 p.  [Final Report]

Samantha T. Arundel and Terence R. Arundel. 2008. Spatial and Temporal Vegetation Changes of Pinyon and Juniper Woodlands on the Coconino Plateau Natural Reserve Lands in Northern Arizona. [Final Report]

Arundel, T., D. Mattson & J. Hart . 2007. Movements and habitat selection by mountain lions in the Flagstaff Uplands. Pages 17-30 in D. Mattson, editor. Mountain Lions of the Flagstaff Uplands: 2003-2006 Progress Report. USGS Open-File Report 2007-1062. [Open-File Report]

Hart, J., D. Mattson & T. Arundel . 2007. Background and methods for investigating mountain lions in the Flagstaff Uplands. . Pages 6-16 in D. Mattson, editor. Mountain Lions of the Flagstaff Uplands: 2003-2006 Progress Report. USGS Open-File Report 2007-1062. [Open-File Report]

Hart, J.V., C. van Riper, III, D.J. Mattson & T.R. Arundel . 2007. Effects of fenced transportation corridors on pronghorn movements at Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona. . Pages 161-185 in C. van Riper III & M.K. Sogge, editors. Colorado Plateau III: Integrating Research and Resources Management for Effective Conservation. University of Arizona Press, Tucson, AZ. [Book Chapter]

Mattson, D., J. Hart, & T. Arundel. 2005. Cougar predation in the Flagstaff uplands: preliminary results from July 2003-May 2005. Proceedings of the 8th Mountain Lion Workshop, pp 158-169. Washington Department of Fish & Game, Olympia WA. [Proceedings Chapter]

Arundel T., C. Van Riper III, M. Johnson, J. Holmes. 2004. Modeling yellow-billed cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus occidentalis) habitat in Arizona. [Journal Article]

Arundel T.R. 2004. How to Create Spatial and Non-Spatial Metadata. [USGS Publication - Internal]

Mattson D.J., J. Hart, T. Arundel. 2002. Cougars of the Flagstaff uplands. USGS Southwest Biological Science Center , Flagstaff , AZ. 2pp. [USGS Fact Sheet]

Arundel, Terence R. 2000. Using General Land Office Survey Records to Determine Presettlement Forest Conditions in North-Central Arizona, 1878-1879. Northern Arizona University. [Master’s Thesis]

Thomas K., K. Wright, T. Arundel. 1998. Vegetation: Appendix. Coconino Plateau: Babbitt Ranches Biological Assessment. Flagstaff, AZ. [Book Chapter]

Van Riper III C., R. Ockenfels, J. Bright, T.R. Arundel. 1997. The National Park Service role in management of pronghorn antelope over a fragmented landscape in northeastern Arizona. Proceedings of the 9th Conference on Research and Resource Management in Parks and on Public Lands, George Wright Society Meeting, Fall 1997. [Proceedings Chapter]