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Jeff W. Atkins

Research Biologist
P.O Box 700
New Ellenton, SC 29809
Phone: 803-522-0791

Current Research

- Forest structure and structural diversity relationships to growth, nutrient cycling, animal habitat, and climate change response

- The spatiotemporal evolution of forest structure and diversity as a function of disturbance mechanisms—specifically focusing on moderate severity disturbance and co-occurring disturbances.

- Development and application of novel remote sensing techniques in ecology and forestry (e.g. terrestrial laser scanning, UAVs, hyperspectral, RGB imagery) to measure forest structure (e.g. structural complexity, stand structure).

Research Interests

Forest structure; lidar; UAV; GEDI; remote sensing; watershed biogeochemistry; disturbance ecology; forest microclimates.


Ph.D. Environmental Sciences in Ecology, 2016
University of Virginia
B.A. English in Literature, 1999
Western Carolina University

Professional Experience

Postdoctoral Scholar, Virginia Commonwealth University
Field Scientist, Shenandoah Watershed Study/University of Virginia

Professional Organizations

  • American Geophysical Union (AGU), (2012—Current)

Awards and Recognition

Trout Unlimited Award, 2014
Presented by the Trout Unlimited Virginia Area Council

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Research Highlights

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