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JESS M. STITT

Ph.D. | Remote Sensing & Biodiversity Researcher | Scientific Illustrator

WELCOME

I am an ecologist focused on how three-dimensional structure relates to biodiversity and ecosystem functioning, primarily in relation to wildlife science in forested systems. I'm interested in combining field work & remote sensing tools to explore questions at the forefront of remote sensing applications as they relate to global change, such as climatic shifts in temporal and spatial ranges, network analysis, habitat connectivity, and longterm patterns impacting resilience and adaptation.

My PhD research joined airborne lidar with forest surveys to study standing dead trees (known as snags), woodpeckers, and tree cavity distributions across conifer forests in northern Idaho, USA, to better characterize the three-dimensional structure of forested landscapes of the northwestern United States. See more of my CV.

I have worked in a variety of forested systems around the world studying a wide array of focal taxa including: the ecologic diversity of dry and wet forests around Costa Rica, the frogs and salamanders of temperate deciduous systems in upstate New York, the orangutans of the tropical peat swamps in Central Kalimantan (Borneo, Indonesia), and the cavity-nesting bird communities of mixed conifer stands in the mountains of northern Idaho and Washington. See more about my Research Interests.
 

Additionally, I am a scientific illustrator interested in communicating the complexity of life across the kingdoms Animalia, Plantae, and Fungi. All illustrations and photos on this site are my own work. See my Portfolio.

Feel free to get in touch!

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