Richard Inman
PhD student, Geography

School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning
Arizona State University



I am interested in the area of geography that links habitat ecology, remote sensing and spatial statistics with conservation biology. Broadly, my work focuses on questions such as 'Will species in the southwest be able to persist when faced with the rapid changes that are predicted to occur over the next century?' and 'How will changes in climate alter habitat for species of the desert southwest?'. These questions relate geography to the conservation of biodiversity through the use of spatial statistics, remote sensing, computational science and physiology. I am very interested in understanding the consequences to biodiversity from changes in macro and micro-climate in the arid southwest. These changes have the potential to drastically alter the ecological makeup of the Mojave and Sonoran deserts.


  • Inman, RD, KE Nussear, TC Esque, AG Vandergast, SA Hathaway, DA Wood, KR Barr and RN Fisher. In Press. Mapping Habitat for multiple species in the Desert Southwest. U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2014-XXXX.
  • Nowicki SA, RD Inman, KE Nussear, TC Esque, and CS Edwards. In Press. Spatially-Consistent High Resolution Land Surface Temperature Mosaics for Thermophysical Analyses and Ecological Mapping of the Mojave Desert. Remote Sensing of Environment.
  • Vandergast, AG, RD Inman, KR Barr, KE Nussear, TC Esque, SA Hathaway, DA Wood, PA Medica, JW Breinholt, CL Stephen, AD Gottscho, SB Marks, WB Jennings, and RN Fisher. 2013. Evolutionary hotspots in the Mojave Desert. Diversity 5:293-319.
  • Inman, RD, TC Esque, KE Nussear, P Leitner, MD Matocq, PJ Weisberg, TE Dilts,and AG Vandergast. 2013. Is there room for all of us? Renewable energy and Xerospermophilus mohavensis. Endangered Species Research 20:1-20.
  • Van Linn, P, KE Nussear, TC Esque, L DelFalco, S Abella, RD Inman. 2013. Estimating wildfire risk on a Mojave Desert landscape using remote sensing and field sampling, International Journal of Wildland Fire 22:770-779. 
  • Wood, DA, AG Vandergast, KR Barr, RD Inman, TC Esque, KE Nussear, and RN Fisher. 2012. Comparative Phylogeography Reveals Deep Lineages and Regional Evolutionary Hotspots in the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts. Diversity and Distributions 1-16.
  • Nussear, KE, RD Inman, LA DeFalco, and TC Esque. 2010. Gold Butte: Plant and Wildlife Habitat Modeling Data Summary. Report for Bureau of Land Management. 
  • Inman, RD, KE Nussear, and CR Tracy. 2009. Detecting trends in desert tortoise population growth: elusive behavior inflates variance in estimates of population density. Endangered Species Research 10:295-304.
  • Nussear, KE, TC Esque, RD Inman, L Gass, KA Thomas, CSA Wallace, JB Blainey, DM Miller, RH Webb. 2009. Modeling habitat of the desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) in the Mojave and parts of the Sonoran Deserts of California, Nevada, Utah, and Arizona. U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2009-1102, 18 p.
  • Inman, RD. 2008. How elusive behavior and climate influence the precision of density estimates of desert tortoise populations. M.S. Thesis. University of Nevada Reno.
  • Heaton, JS, KE Nussear, TC Esque, RD Inman, FM Davenport, TE Leuteritz, PA Medica, NW Strout, PA Burgess and L Benvenuti. 2008. Spatially explicit decision support for selecting translocation areas for desert tortoises. Biodiversity and Conservation 17:575-590.
  • Nussear, KE, RD Inman, TC Esque, PA Medica and M. A Walden. 2008. Sloan Canyon: Reptiles on the Urban Edge: 2007 Final Report to Bureau of Land Management.
  • Krantz, T, N Strout, L Benvenuti, B Yetman, K Althiser and RD Inman. 2004. Salton Sea Digital Atlas. Redlands, CA, The Redlands Institute, University of Redlands.