Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources


Dr. Jeff Hepinstall Cymerman



PhD, Forest Resources 2000

Department of Forest Management, University of Maine, Orono, ME. Dr. Steven A. Sader (advisor). Dissertation: Creating spatially explicit predictions of land bird presence in Maine: Evaluating input data, model performance, and model output.

MS, Wildlife Ecology 1992

Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN. Dr. Peter A. Jordan (advisor). Thesis: Evaluation of moose habitat using a geographic information system (GIS) and USFS data according to the Lake Superior moose habitat suitability index (HSI).


BA, Honors in Biology, 1990

Biology Department, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY. Dr. Randall L. Fuller (advisor). Honors Thesis: Limitation of periphyton by light and nutrients and the response of bacteria to these manipulations.


Who he is


Dr. Hepinstall-Cymerman is an Associate Professor in the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia. He is a landscape ecologist and as such applies spatial data and modeling techniques to ecological and social systems to measure patterns and processes, and to explore the interactions between coupled natural and human systems. He teaches introductory GIS, GPS, remote sensing techniques to undergraduate and graduate students in ecology and natural resource fields. His current research includes exploring the implications of land use and climate change on birds across the urban-rural gradient in Georgia and North Carolina. Dr. Hepinstall-Cymerman is PI on a NASA Global Climate Change Education grant that is training undergraduates in developing and carrying out field research designed to understand how species may already be responding to a changing climate. He is also a co-PI on the Coweeta Long Term Ecological Research site in Otto, NC.