Moorcroft Lab
Moorcroft Lab, Fall 2015

Left to right: Daniel Scott, Miriam Johnston, Francesca Cagnacci, Erin Ciccone, Paul Moorcroft, Nathan Ranc, Mauricio Arias and Ashehad Ali. Not pictured: Fabio Farinosi and Stacy Bogan


Paul MoorcroftPaul Moorcroft

Principal Investigator
Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology

Ecological dynamics of terrestrial plant communities and ecosystems; biosphere-atmosphere interactions; mechanistic models of animal movement.




Francesca CagnacciFrancesca Cagnacci

2015-2016 Hrdy Fellow in Conservation Biology

Research: Francesca is a behavioral and conservation ecologist with a focus on animal movement and terrestrial mammalogy. Dr. Cagnacci will pursue the research objectives in the context of the Hrdy Fellowship in conservation biology in close collaboration with the Moorcroft Lab. In particular, she will investigate the effects of climate and global change on animal spatial distribution, by modelling individual movement and population space use patterns over heterogeneous landscapes exposed to climatic and human-induced changes.


Ashehad AliAshehad Ali

Postdoctoral Fellow

Research: Ashehad is a vegetation modeler interested in understanding and improving the representation of carbon, water and nutrient cycling in earth system models. He confronts model simulations with field and other observations, and uses various techniques to achieve this e.g. data-fusion methods, model calibration & assimilation, and empirical approaches.


Mauricio AriasMauricio Arias

Postdoctoral Fellow

Research: Tradeoffs between hydropower and river alterations in the Amazon

mauricio_arias [at]


Graduate Students

Fabio FarinosiFabio Farinosi

Graduate Student

Research: Vulnerability of the hydropower generation to climate, hydrology and land use in the Tapajos river basin, Brazil

fabio_farinosi [at]


Miriam JohnstonMiriam Johnston

Graduate Student

Research: Integrating remote sensing technologies in terrestrial ecosystem and biosphere models

mjohnston [at]


Nathan RancNathan Ranc

Graduate Student

Research: Wildlife movement ecology - mechanistic movement models of roe deer (Capreolus capreolus). This project is supported by the Fondazione Edmund Mach, Research and Innovation Center and the Autonomous Province of Trento (Italy).

nathanranc [at]



Stacy BoganStacy Bogan

Staff Member at the Center for Geographic Analysis

Research: Analysis of NASA's HyspIRI Airborn Campaign data for linking terrestrial biosphere models with imaging spectrometry measurements of ecosystem composition, structure, and function

sbogan [at]


Erin CicconeErin Ciccone

Faculty Assistant

eciccone [at]


Dan ScottDan Scott

Lab Consultant

Research: Modeling terrestrial ecosystem isotopic composition, quantifying the value of this data for the ED2.1 model, and performing a data-model synthesis to better constrain long term projections of ecosystem processes

dscott [at]




Eunjee Lee, Research Scientist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Global Modeling and Assimilation Office

Thomas Powell, Post Doctoral Fellow, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Janice Chan, Intern, Rocket Internet. Goal of internship is to pursue interest in how best to influence human decisions to become more sustainable.

Fábio Farias Pereira, Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Engineering (ENS), Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC)

Alexander Antonarakis, Lecturer in Global Change Ecology (Geography), University of Sussex, Department of Geography

Marcos Longo, Postdoctoral fellow, FAPESP – Sao Paulo State Research Foundation

Jonna Katajisto, Officer in Research Affairs in the Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Helsinki

Naomi Levine, Gabilan Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences and Earth Sciences, University of Southern California

Ke Zhang, Research Scientist, University of Oklahoma Hydrometeorology and Remote Sensing (HyDROS) Laboratory

Abigail Swann, Assistant Professor, University of Washington Department of Atmospheric Sciences

Shirley Xiaobi Dong, Business Consultant, Applied Predictive Technologies in Washington, DC.

James Forester, Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota

Yeonjoo Kim, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Yonsei University

Jeff Chun-Fung Lo, Research Scientist,Temasek Laboratories at Nanyang Technological University

Adrienne Keller, PhD Student, University of Montana, World Learning Organization

Jaclyn Hatala, PhD Student, University of California, Berkeley

Mike Dietze, Assistant Professor, Boston University

David Medvigy, Assistant Professor, Princeton University

Takeshi Ise, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Simulation Studies at University of Hyogo, Japan and Research Scientist, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC). Research topics include terrestrial ecosystem modeling (carbon cycling in vegetation and soil) and climate change simulation with large-scale geospatial data.

Daniel Lipsitt, Head of Software Engineering, Type A Machines

Gil Bohrer, Assistant Professor, Ohio State University

Heather Lynch, Assistant Professor, Ecology & Evolution Department, Stonybrook University