Todd Hawbaker

Biography

Todd J. Hawbaker received his B.S. degree in animal ecology in 1998 from Iowa State University.  After receiving his B.S., he worked for a couple of years burning and restoring tallgrass prairie in southwestern Minnesota and then pursued graduate school.  He received his M.S. degree in forestry in 2003 and Ph.D. degree in forestry in 2009 from the University of Wisconsin.  He joined the U.S. Geological Survey as a research ecologist in 2008 and currently works at the Geosciences and Environmental Change Science Center in Denver, CO.  His current research with the USGS combines remote sensing with statistical and process-based ecosystem simulation models to understand the drivers behind ecosystem disturbances and quantify the impacts of disturbances on human and natural systems.

 

Education

• 2009, PhD Forestry, University of Wisconsin – Madison.  Dissertation title: Fire in the wildland-urban interface, a national comparison of patterns of fire occurrence and fire risk to homes.

• 2003, M.S. Forestry, University of Wisconsin – Madison.  Thesis title: Road density and landscape pattern in Northern Wisconsin, USA; present and past perspectives on environmental constraints and social drivers.

• 1998, B.S. Animal Ecology, Iowa State University.

 

Professional experience

• Research Ecologist (Oct. 2012 - present), U.S. Geological Survey, Geosciences and Environmental Change Science Center, Denver, CO

• Research Ecologist (Aug. 2008 - Oct. 2012), U.S. Geological Survey, Rocky Mountain Geographic Science Center, Denver, CO

• Graduate Research Assistant (Sep. 2004 - July 2008), University of Wisconsin, Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, Madison, WI

• Research Intern (Sep. 2003 - Aug. 2004), University of Wisconsin, Department of Forest Ecology & Management, Madison, WI

• Graduate Research Assistant (Jan. 2001 - Aug. 2003), University of Wisconsin, Department of Forest Ecology & Management, Madison, WI

• Restoration Ecologist (May 1998 - Dec. 2000), Salix Ecological Resources, Windom, MN

• Software Engineer & UNIX Systems Administrator (May 1993 - Oct.1997), Engineering Animation Inc., Ames, IA