Department of Botany & Plant Sciences


EllstrandJanet Franklin 

Distinguished Professor of Biogeography (Ph.D.,1988, University of California, Santa Barbara)
Office: 5488 Boyce Hall
Phone: (951) 827-7020
Fax: (951) 827-4437
Email: janet.franklin@ucr.edu

Personal website: https://sites.google.com/a/asu.edu/vale-lab/ 



1988   Ph.D., Geography, University of California, Santa Barbara.

 1983   M.A., Geography, University of California, Santa Barbara.

 1979   B.A., Environmental Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara. With High Honors.

Areas of Specialization

Conservation biogeography, global change biology, species distribution modeling, plant community ecology, spatial ecology, landscape ecology, geographic information science


2014                Elected Member, National Academy of Sciences, April 2014.

2016                Associate Member, Centre for Coastal Paleoscience, Nelson Mandela University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

2016                Fellow, American Academy of the Arts and Sciences.

2015                Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science.

2015                Fellow, Ecological Society of America.

2014-2017       Distinguished Sustainability Scientist, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University.


Research Interests:

In my lab we study the patterns and dynamics of terrestrial ecosystems at the landscape scale. Our work emphasizes the impacts of human-caused landscape change especially on forest, shrublands and other plant communities, and the wildlife that depends on these habitats. Patterns of human land use -- agriculture and urbanization -- and other large-scale human impacts such as climate change and the introduction of exotic species, often interact with natural disturbance regimes such as fire and hurricanes, to shape plant community dynamics and affect habitat quality for the animals in those communities. How resilient are ecological communities to these multiple impacts? What are the long-term past and future human impacts on ecological communities and biodiversity? Conservation and land management questions drive this work. The tools we use include field surveys of plant community composition, multivariate analysis, spatial statistics, landscape simulation models, and geospatial data analysis (GIS and Remote Sensing).


Most Recent Publications:

Franklin, J., Serra-Diaz, J.M., Syphard, A.D., Regan, H.M., 2017, Big data for forecasting global change impacts on plant communities. Global Ecology and Biogeography 26(1):6-17.

Davis, F. W., Sweet, L., Serra-Diaz, J. M., McCullough, I., Dingman, J., Flint, A., Flint, L., Franklin, J., Syphard, A. D., Regan, H. M., Moritz, M. A., Hannah, L., Redmond, K., Hall, A., Sork, V., 2016, Shrinking windows of opportunity for oak seedling establishment in southern California mountains, Ecosphere 7(11): Article e01573.

Serra-Diaz, J. M., Franklin, J., Sweet, L., Syphard, A. D., Dingman, J., McCullough, I., Syphard, A. D., Regan, H. M., Davis, F. W., Flint, A., Flint, L., Moritz, M. A., and Hannah, L., 2016, Averaged 30-year climate change projections mask opportunities for species establishment. Ecography 39(9):844-845.

Mayer, A.L., Buma, B., Davis, A., Gagné, S.A., Krawchuk, M., Loudermilk, E.L., Scheller, R., Schmiegelow, F., Wiersma, Y., Franklin, J., 2016, Landscape ecology’s contribution to global change science and policy, BioScience 66:458-469.

Franklin, J., Serra-Diaz, J.M., Syphard, A.D., Regan, H.M., 2016, Global change and terrestrial plant community dynamics, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 113(14): 3725-3734 

Franklin, J., Potts, A.J., Fisher, E.C., Cowling, R.M. and Marean, C.W., 2015, Paleodistribution modeling in archaeology and paleoanthropology, Quaternary Science Reviews 110:1-14.

Steadman, D. W. and Franklin, J., 2015, Changes in a West Indian bird community since the late Pleistocene, Journal of Biogeography 42:426-438.

Franklin, J., Regan, H. M., Syphard, A. D., 2014, Linking spatially explicit species distribution and population models to plan for the persistence of species under global change, Environmental Conservation 41(2):97-109.  


 Link to Dr. Franklin's google scholar page https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=SYNi53EAAAAJ&hl=en








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