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Jonathan Knott

Research Forester
1992 Folwell Avenue
St. Paul, MN, 55108-1034

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Current Research

My research generally focuses on linking forest ecology to carbon science. I utilize a variety of tools, from remote sensing to modeling, to better understand how forests are capturing, storing, and releasing carbon. Some current and upcoming projects include: assessing problems with combining remotely sensed data and on-the-ground forest measurements, testing the relationships between shifts in community composition, structure, and carbon dynamics, and linking tree demographics to carbon pools.

Research Interests

My research interests include:
  • Spatial ecology
  • Community ecology
  • Carbon science
  • Quantitative methods
  • Remote sensing
  • Tree demography

Past Research

My past research focused on spatial and community ecology, including assessing shifts in tree species distributions, testing for changes in species composition and spatial distribution of forest communities, and identifying temporal trends in eastern U.S. tree genera. I have also worked with automated content analysis (ACA) and topic modeling to understand research trends in ecology and its subdisciplines.


  • Purdue University, Ph.D. Forestry and Natural Resources Forest ecology, spatial ecology, community ecology, 2020
  • Calvin College, B.S. Biology General Biology, Ecology, 2015

Professional Experience

  • Research Forester, USDA Forest Service, Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) 2021 - Current
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Michigan State University 2020 - 2021

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Last modified: Wednesday, February 23, 2022