- Research areas:
- Ecology and Conservation
- Hydrology and Water Resources
- Methods Econometrics and Data Management
- Areas of Interest:
- Environmental informatics
- Remote sensing and spatial analysis
- Ecosystem ecology
Dr. Mallory L. Barnes is an expert in quantitative analysis and integration of ecological data across spatial and temporal scales. She joined O’Neill as an assistant professor in 2019. She earned her Ph.D. in watershed management and ecohydrology from the University of Arizona. Barnes also holds a master’s degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in natural resources and environmental management. At the undergraduate level, she studied zoology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Barnes’s research and teaching focuses on environmental informatics, remote sensing, ecohydrology, natural resource management, ecological analytics, and geographic information systems. Her specific research interests include scaling ecohydrological and biophysical processes from leaf to global scales and from daily to decadal timescales to improve predictions of vegetation response to future climate conditions. This work serves to improve our understanding and prediction of environmental changes in response to climate change, ranging from individual plants to entire ecosystems, with significant implications for agriculture, water resources, and biodiversity.
Barnes previously worked as a biological sciences technician with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Southwest Watershed Research Center.
“Critical Zone Science in the Anthropocene: Opportunities for biogeographic and ecological theory and praxis to drive earth science integration,” (with J. Minor, J.K. Pearl, T.R. Colella, P.C. Murphy, S. Mann, G.A. Barro-Gafford), Progress in Physical Geography: Earth and Environment, July 2019
“Chlorophyll Fluorescence Better Captures Seasonal and Interannual Gross Primary Productivity Dynamics Across Dryland Ecosystems of Southwestern North America,” (with W. Smith, J. Biederman, F. Scott, D. Moore, M. He, J. Kimball, D. Yan, A. Hudson, N. MacBean, A. Fox, and M. Litvak) Geophysical Research Letters (2018)
“Beyond greenness: potential for detecting temporal changes in photosynthetic metabolism with hyperspectral reflectance data,” (with D. Breshears, D. Law, W. van Leeuwen, R. Monson, A. Fojtick, G. Barron-Gafford, and D. Moore) PLOS One (2018)
“Vegetation responds to sub-annual climate variability across semiarid biomes,” (with M. Moran, R. Scott, T. Kolb, G. Ponce-Campos, D. Moore, M. Ross, B. Mitra, and S. Dore) Ecosphere (2016)
“An Assessment of Seasonal and Diurnal Changes in Cloud Cover Over the Hawaiian Islands Using Terra and Aqua MODIS,” (with T. Miura and T. Giambelluca). Journal of Climate (2016).