Jake Weltzin
Executive Director, USA-NPN, School of Natural Resources and the Environment
(520) 626-3821
Ph.D. Renewable Natural Resource Studies and Global Change, University of Arizona, 1998

Jake Weltzin assumed his position as Executive Director of the USA-NPN in August 2007. Jake’s interest in natural history developed as he grew up in Alaska and served as an exchange student in the Australian outback. He obtained his B.S. from Colorado State University, M.S. from Texas A&M University, and Ph.D. from the University of Arizona. Following a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Notre Dame, Jake went to the University of Tennessee, where he served as Assistant and then Associate Professor.

Jake is interested in how the structure and function of plant communities and ecosystems might respond to global environmental change, including atmospheric chemistry, climate change, and biological invasions. His research spans temperate and tropical grasslands and savannas, temperate woodlands, deciduous forest, and sub-boreal peatlands. His recent experience as a science administrator at the National Science Foundation underscored the need to foster large-scale science initiatives such as the USA-NPN. As its first Executive Director, Jake’s vision for USA-NPN is “to develop a continental-scale instrument for integrative assessment of global change that simultaneously serves as an outreach and educational platform for citizens and educators.”

Research Themes: 
Arid lands
Climate assessment
Climate change
Extreme events
Fire management
Human dimensions
Land use
Modeling and simulation
Native nations
Natural resource management
Range management
Remote sensing
Science communication
Species adaptation
Stakeholder engagement
Water resources
Animal behavior
Arid lands
Conservation biology
Ecosystem disturbances
Ecosystem restoration
Ecosystem services
Fire ecology
Fire management
Grasslands and savannas
Growth and reproduction
Indigenous knowledge
Invasive species
Land use change
Natural resource management
Plant ecology
Population biology
Remote sensing
Species adaptation
Terrestrial ecology
Urban ecology
Public Health
Air quality
Infectious disease
Science Engagement
Connecting science and decision making
Urban Environment
Climate change impacts
Community education
Land use change
Landscape studies
Pest management
Remote sensing
Urban infrastructure
Urban planning
Urban tourism
Urban wildlife
Urbanization effects on weather and climate
Climate change impacts

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