Janet Franklin

Janet Franklin in the van der Maarel's garden 2011

Janet Franklin, Professor, School of Geographical Sciences & Urban Planning

Mailing Address:
School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning
Arizona State University
P.O. Box 875302
Tempe, AZ 85287-5302

Dept Phone: (480) 965-7533
Office Phone: (480) 965-9884
Dept Fax: (480) 965-8313 E-mail: Janet.Franklin@asu.edu
GeoPlan Web Page http://geoplan.asu.edu/franklin
SoLS Web Page http://sols.asu.edu/people/faculty/jfranklin.php


I joined the faculty at Arizona State University in Fall 2009. I am a Professor in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning. Although it is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I left SDSU and my excellent colleagues and great friends after almost 20 years, I am very excited about joining the ASU faculty.

Research Interests

My research interests include landscape ecology, plant community ecology, biogeography, biophysical remote sensing and geographic information science. I have developed techniques for mapping vegetation and species distributions using remotely sensed and digital terrain data and geographic information systems. I am interested in the dynamics and spatio-temporal patterns of plant communities in the Mediterranean-climate chaparral and conifer forest ecosystems of California, in arid regions of North America and West Africa, and in the tropical forests of the western Pacific islands and Caribbean. I am currently interested in the following research areas:

  • Understanding the influence of climate on plant distributions in the past, present and future;
  • Predicting the relative impacts of climate change, land use change and altered disturbance regimes on terrestrial plant and animal communities at the landscape scale; and
  • Understanding the long term impacts of human and natural disturbance on tropical forest ecosystems in the Pacific islands and Caribbean

Please see HOME for more details about these and other ongoing research in my lab.


Janet's Publications

Curriculum Vitae

My CV in PDF format is here: Janet's Full CV

Short Biographical Sketch

Janet Franklin received a Bachelors degree on Environmental Biology (1979), Master of Arts (1983), and Ph.D. (1988) in Geography, all from the University of California at Santa Barbara. She teaches geography of natural resources, plant geography, landscape ecology, fire ecology and species distribution modeling. She has chaired more than 20 Masters committees and six doctoral committees, and served on many others. She was the Editor of The Professional Geographer (1997-2000), a Board Member for Landscape Ecology, Associate Editor of Journal of Vegetation Science, and Board Member of Ecology/Ecological Monographs (2006-2009). She is currently serving on the Editorial Boards of Ecological Applications, Diversity & Distributions and Ecography. She was appointed as an Assistant (1989), Associate (1992) and Full Professor (1995) of Geography at San Diego State University, and in 2002 joined the faculty of Biology at SDSU as a Professor. She was Associate Chair of Biology (2006-2009). She has published more than 90 refereed book chapters and papers in journals including International Journal of Remote Sensing, Remote Sensing of Environment, Ecological Applications, Ecological Modelling, Journal of Vegetation Science, Ecology, Plant Ecology, Vegetatio, Journal of Tropical Ecology and Conservation Biology. She has received research support from NASA, NSF, USGS, the Forest Service, California State Parks, California Department of Fish & Game, National Geographic Society, and others.