Geospatial Analytics Ross Meentemeyer

Professor, Forestry and Environmental Resources

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Contact Information

Jordan Hall 5114
Raleigh, NC

Ross Meentemeyer joined NC State in August 2013 as a Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program cluster hire in Geospatial Analytics and is the coordinator of the cluster. A professor in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources, Meentemeyer applies tools from geospatial analytics to understand and communicate the vital roles that place, spatial interaction, and perspectives of scale play in models of environmental change and decision-making. His applied and participatory research projects engage stakeholders for collaborative solutions to natural resource challenges. Meentemeyer is the director of the Center for Geospatial Analytics, the intellectual and technological hub for the geospatial analytics initiative. At the CGA, an interdisciplinary group of researchers and students develop data-driven spatial models and visualizations supporting innovative solutions to pressing environmental and societal challenges. Examples include the application of dynamic epidemiological models to know when, where, and how to collectively manage the spread of emerging forest disease in heterogeneous landscapes, and simulating alternative futures of land-use change in rapidly urbanizing regions.

Previously, Meentemeyer was a professor of geography and executive director of the Center for Applied Geographic Information Science at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He has been the principal investigator of numerous research grants from the National Science Foundation, Department of Agriculture, Renaissance Computing Institute, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, among others. These research projects have produced transformative analytical tools ranging from the development of new simulation techniques for predicting the spread of emerging infectious diseases in wildland ecosystems to forecasting future urban growth and land-use change over large megaregions. Meentemeyer received his Ph.D. in geography from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He currently serves as president of the US-International Association of Landscape Ecology (2016–18).