Julie Ripplinger

Dr. Julie Ripplinger (find her on Research Gate)

Ph.D. Dec 2016, School of Life Sciences, ASU

Current position:

Postdoctoral researcher with Professor Darrel Jenerette

Department of Botany and Plant Sciences. University of California Riverside

E-mail: julie.ripplinger@asu.edu


Julie recently completed a Biology Ph.D. at Arizona State University with Dr. Janet Franklin. Her M.S. degree is in Ecology from Utah State University, where she studied the legacy effects of novel disturbances on plant community dynamics and resilience. At ASU, Julie stays actively involved in her research community, having been the student representative for the Central Arizona-Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research (CAP LTER) project, for the US chapter of the International Association for Landscape Ecology (US-IALE), and for the Hugh Hansen Ecology and Evolutionary Biology seminar series. Julie also spent a year as a National Science Foundation GK-12 Sustainability Science for Sustainable Schools fellow, working with local high schools on their sustainability education initiatives.

Research Interests

Broadly, Julie is interested in interdisciplinary research at the intersection of landscape, plant community, long-term, and urban ecology. Julie’s urban systems research with the CAP LTER examined spatio-temporal vegetation patterns and ecological resilience across a gradient of urbanization in and around the Phoenix metropolitan area. She jokingly refers to her dissertation as “the ecology of foreclosure” because of the role the housing recession played in urban vegetation dynamics. Her Ph.D. research used foundational CAP LTER data sets as well as spatial and mathematical models to better understand the interaction of human decisions and biophysical processes with vegetation dynamics.


Ripplinger, J., Franklin, J. and Collins, S., 2016, When the economic engine stalls – A multi-scale comparison of vegetation patterns in pre- and post-recession Phoenix, Arizona, USA. Landscape and Urban Planning 153:140-148. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.landurbplan.2016.05.009 

Ripplinger, J., Franklin, J. and Edwards, T. C., Jr., 2015, Legacies of managed disturbance alter composition and diversity of semi-arid sagebrush steppe plant communities.  Journal of Vegetation Science 26(5):923-933. DOI 10.1111/jvs.12293