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Andy Lister

Andrew Lister

Research Forester
3460 Industrial Dr.
York, PA, 17402
Phone: 484-254-6358

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Current Research

I currently work mainly for the National Inventory and Monitoring Applications Center (NIMAC), a branch of FIA that addresses the needs of non-traditional FIA clients in areas surrounding inventory design and implementation, spatial modeling, and technology transfer. My main career focus has been on spatial analysis and techniques development, including GIS, remote sensing, and spatial statistics. My research interests include multivariate spatial analysis, simulation studies, forest fragmentation analysis, and image classification methods development.

Research Interests

Recently, a monitoring branch of Northern FIA was developed. This program, which deals with the technical aspects of establishing and implementing a monitoring program, works with international, national, state and local groups interested in developing or refining their own forest monitoring program. Part of my future research in this area will be in support of this new program, and will include small area estimation, geospatial modeling, change detection methods, and monitoring network establishment. The FIA part of my research will focus on regional- and national-scale applications of FIA data to mapping projects, statistical estimation issues, accuracy assessment protocols, forest fragmentation assessments, and unique data display and presentation technologies.

Why This Research is Important

In order for Forest Inventory and Analysis to remain effective, continue to improve, and advance forest inventory science, we need to refine existing and develop new techniques. We also need to communicate to the outside world the most recent information on the status of and trends in our forests in an interesting and meaningful way. Research into techniques development and technology transfer methods advances these goals and benefits the broader forest science community.


  • Pennsylvania State University, Phd Forest Biometrics, Spatial Ecology, Forest Inventory, 2018
  • Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, M.S. Forest Biology, 1999
  • Tufts University, Medford, B.S. Biology and Environmental Studies, 1992

Professional Organizations

  • Ecological Society of America
  • International Association for Landscape Ecology
  • Society of American Foresters (SAF) (2002 - Present)

Featured Publications & Products

Publications & Products

Research Datasets

  • Wilson, Barry T.; Lister, Andrew J.; Riemann, Rachel I.; Griffith, Douglas M. 2013. Live tree species basal area of the contiguous United States (2000-2009). Newtown Square, PA: USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station.

National Research Highlights

Local children playing in an agricultural area converted from forest in northern Thailand. Linda S. Heath, USDA Forest Service

Improving Forest Inventory and Monitoring Capacity in Countries of the World

Year: 2013

Efficient national and subnational level inventory and monitoring systems are needed to characterize carbon and other attributes of forests so that people can become better stewards of their lands. The National Inventory and Monitoring Applications Center (NIMAC) of the Forest Service's Forest Inventory and Analysis Program has developed science-based techniques and software, and is facilitating development of national forest inventory systems by working with forested countries in the tropics. NIMAC scientists also work with the National Forest System and state governments to apply the tools to design inventory systems to meet their specialized needs.

Last modified: Tuesday, November 5, 2019