Research Projects

Do Microenvironments Govern Macroecology?

Lead Institution: UC Santa Barbara Collaborators: UC Riverside, UC Berkeley, UC Los Angeles, Arizona State University, Conservation Biology Institute, Desert Research Institute, Conservation International

Sponsored by the National Science Foundation Macrosystems Biology Program (2011-2016) 

The focal tree species in this study of climate change affects on California's forests and woodlands

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Long-term Dynamics and Resilience of Terrestrial Plant and Animals Communities in the 

Collaborative Research: Arizona State University (PI Janet Franklin; co-PI P. Fall) and University of Fl
orida (PI David Steadman)

Sponsored by the National Science Foundation Geography and Spatial Sciences Program (2011-2014)

Prairie Warbler, Grand Bahama, Oct 2013                                  Read more about this project

Developing and Testing an Integrated Paleoscape Model for the early Middle and Late Pleistocene of the South Coast of South Africa

Curtis Marean, ASU, Principal Investigator

Sponsored by the National Science Foundation

Just Published: Franklin, J., Potts, A.J., Fisher, E.C., Cowling, R.M. and Marean, C.W., IN PRESS, Paleodistribution modeling in archaeology and paleoanthropology, Quaternary Science Reviews.  DOI: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2014.12.015 preprint here and free access to published article until 3 Mar 2015

The persistence of biodiversity in southern California under future land-use and climate change scenarios

Collaborative research with Dr Helen Regan, UC-Riverside, Principal Investigator (2008-2012)

Sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy National Institute for Climate Change Research (NICCR), and the California Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC)

Acanthomintha ilicifolia                                                Read more about this project

Recently Published: Franklin, J., Regan, H. M., Syphard, A. D., 2014, Linking spatially explicit species distribution and population models to plan for the persistence of species under global changeEnvironmental Conservation 41(2):97-109.  doi:10.1017/S0376892913000453

patial inference and prediction with biogeographical data (2005-2008)

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ollaborative with: Jennifer MillerDepartment of Geography & Environment, University of Texas Austin

Sponsored by the National Science Foundation Geography Program

Fire Ecology in Southern California Shrublands and Forests (2004-2009)

Sponsored in part by California State Parks

Historically unprecedented fire storms in southern California in 2003 and 2007 lead to a series of field surveys and analyses of post-fire vegetation recovery.

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October 2003 firestorm; NASA MODIS imagery 

Fiji Nayau
Tropical Forest Dynamics in the Pacific Islands (1987-2005)

Sponsored in part by National Geographic Society

Remote oceanic islands are some of the few places in the world where humans did not had significant impact on natural ecosystems until the last few thousand years, but for up to 3000 years islands of the tropical Pacific have been subjected to intensive and extensive agricultural land use and other human pressures. We can learn from these forests, as most tropical forests worldwide are subjected to similar pressures these days?

From 1987 to my most recent field work in 2005 I have studies the flora and fauna in the Pacific Islands of Polynesia to answer these questions. I have collaborated with David Steadman, Greg Pregill, Art Whistler, Don Drake, Kim McConkey Susan Wiser, Ted Webb, Gunnar Keppel, Randy Thaman, Paddy Nunn, Mark Merlin, Filipe Tonga and many others.

Nayau island, Lau Group, Fiji

Multiple Species Conservation Program Biological Monitoring Plan

Sponsored by California Department of Fish and Wildlife

San Diego’s Multiple Species Conservation Program (MSCP) intends to conserve the diversity and function of the southwestern San Diego County ecosystem through preservation and adaptive management of habitat.In this project we 1: Identify the goals and objectives of the regional conservation plan; 2: Identify scope of monitoring program; 3: Compile information relevant to monitoring program design; 4: Strategically divide the system and prioritize for monitoring program development; 5: Develop simple management-oriented conceptual models