Curriculum Vitae

(Updated May 2017)

Timothy J. Assal


Ph.D.  2015. Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO. Ecology (Emphasis in Biogeography, Remote Sensing, Disturbance Ecology).

M.S.  2001. University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY. Botany (Emphasis in Spatial Ecology).

B.S.  1999. The George Washington University, Washington, DC. Environmental Studies (Minor: Geography).

Professional Experience

2016-present. Research Ecologist – U.S. Geological Survey, Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program, Fort Collins Science Center

2016 – present. Affiliate Faculty – Dept. of Anthropology & Geography Program, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

2011-2016.  Ecologist – U.S. Geological Survey, Fort Collins Science Center

2007 – 2011.   GIS Specialist – ASRC Management Services (under contract to the U.S. Geological Survey)

2005 – 2007.   GIS Analyst – Anderson Consulting Engineers, Inc., Fort Collins, CO

2003 – 2004.  GIS Technician, Riverside Technology, inc., Fort Collins, CO

2003.  Research Associate, Colorado Natural Heritage Program, Colorado State University

2002 – 2003.  Biological Technician, Colorado State Parks, Colorado Department of Natural Resources

2002.  Research Assistant, Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center, University of Wyoming

1998-1999.  Undergraduate Research Assistant, George Washington University, Dept. of Biological Sciences

1997-1998.  Park Ranger, U.S. National Park Service, Washington, DC

1997.  Resource Assistant, Student Conservation Association, U.S. National Park Service, Wash., DC

Teaching Experience

2012.  Invited Workshop, Dept. of Forestry and Natural Resources, Universidad Austral de Chile, Valdivia, Chile. Course Taught: Land Change Detection, Monitoring and Assessment: Remote Sensing Methods, Workflow and Application.

2005 – 2011.  Geography Instructor, Dept. of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Front Range Community College, Fort Collins, CO. Courses Taught: World Regional Geography and Physical Geography (traditional classroom, online and hybrid).

2001.  Biology Laboratory Coordinator, Dept. of Biology, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY. Coordinated graduate teaching assistants and implemented curriculum for special needs students.

2000 – 2001.  Graduate Teaching Assistant, Dept. of Biology, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY. Course Taught: Introduction to Biology Laboratory for science-majors course.

Funded Research

  • Assessment of aspen community condition in the Bighorn Mountains. Wyoming Governor’s Big Game License Coalition. $10,000; 2017.
  • Assessing Treatment Effectiveness of Mule Deer Enhancement Projects within the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, NM (co-investigator with Collin Haffey). BLM Taos Field Office $25,000; 2017-2018
  • Persistence of USDA Conservation Practices for Wildlife Benefits (co-investigator with Mark Vandever and Sarah Carter). U.S. Department of Agriculture. $430,000; 2016-2017
  • Time-series analysis of multi-resolution imagery to quantify sagebrush defoliation and mortality in SW Wyoming. Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative. $80,000; 2015-2017
  • Effectiveness monitoring of conservation actions in focal ecosystems of southwestern Wyoming. Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative (co-investigator with Patrick Anderson). $225,000; 2013-2017
  • Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Award. U.S. Geological Survey. $7,000; 2014
  • Rapid assessment of woodland vegetation to link ground measurements with space-based observations (co-investigator with Patrick Anderson). U.S. Geological Survey. $29,200; 2014

Honors and Awards

  • Invited Guest Lecture – San Francisco State University – Environmental Science Course – 2017
  • U.S. Geological Survey – Performance Award – 2016
  • Invited Guest Lecture – University of Northern Colorado – Remote Sensing Course – 2016
  • U.S. Geological Survey Postdoctoral Fellowship – “Exploiting the deluge from space through scientific synthesis and collaboration” – 2016
  • Recipient of Best Paper Award for 2014 – Journal of Map and Geography Libraries – 2015
  • U.S. Department of the Interior STAR Award – 2015
  • Early career scientist fellowship – Ecological analysis and synthesis, National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, University of California, Santa Barbara – 2014
  • U.S. Department of the Interior STAR Award – 2014
  • Sustainability Leadership Fellow, School of Global Environmental Sustainability, Colorado State University – 2013-14
  • Graduate Degree Program in Ecology, Colorado State University, Travel Grant – 2013
  • USGS Fort Collins Science Center and ASRC Management Services Performance Award – 2010
  • Invited Guest Speaker – Colorado State University Graduate Seminar in Ecological Careers – 2010
  • Nominated for Master Online Instructor (Front Range Community College) – 2007
  • University of Wyoming, Graduate School, Travel Grant – 2001
  • Outstanding General Biology Teaching Assistant (University of Wyoming) – 2000-01
  • Cafritz Foundation – Awarded grant for the Washington, DC tree planting project (Trees for GW, founder) – 1999

Professional Service

  • Manuscript Peer ReviewArid Land Research and Management, Ecosphere, Forests, Forest Ecology and Management, International Journal of Geo-Information, International Journal of Remote Sensing, Journal of Biogeography, Journal of Maps, Remote Sensing, Remote Sensing Letters, Remote Sensing of Environment, Transactions in GIS
  • Graduate Student Committees
    Amanda Carlson (Graduate Degree Program in Ecology,                Colorado State University)
    Ariana Porter (Graduate Degree Program in Ecology, Colorado State University)
  • Sustainability Leadership Fellowship Training – School of Global and Environmental Sustainability – Colorado State University – 2017
  • Judge – Buell Award for Best Student Paper – Ecol. Society of America Annual Mtg – 2016
  • Review panel – Sustainability Leadership Fellowship – School of Global and Env. Sustainability – Colo. State Univ. – 2016, 2017
  • Judge – Front Range Student Ecology Symposium – Colorado State University – 2016
  • Session Organizer – The Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative/TWS 2015 Joint Conference
  • Science Advisory Team – Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative – 2010-16
  • Session Organizer – The 3rd Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative Science Conference – 2012
  • Planning Committee – Front Range Student Ecology Symposium – 2011
  • Data and Information Management Team – Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative – 2008-10
  • Catholic Relief Services (provide geospatial products for agriculture team in a developing country) – 2010-11
  • Science Fair Judge – Wyoming State Science Fair – 2000-02

research in spatial ecology