Paul Evangelista

Curriculum Vitae

Paul Harrison Evangelista, PhD
Research Scientist III, Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory
Assistant Professor, Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability
Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO  80523-1499
Phone: (970) 491-2302; Fax: (970) 491-1965
Email: paul.evangelista@colostate.edu

Education

Colorado State University     Natural Resource Management              B.S.      1999

Minor: Geographic Information Systems

Colorado State University    Forest Ecology                                          M.S.     2003

Colorado State University    Ecosystem Management                          Ph.D.   2009

Professional Appointments

2014-present             Affiliate Faculty, University of Oslo, Norway

2013-2016                 Affiliate Faculty, University of Buea, Cameroon

2012-present            Assistant Professor, Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability, CSU

2009-present           Affiliate Faculty, Graduate Degree Program in Ecology (GDPE), CSU

2004-2007               Systems Ecologist, U.S. Secretary of Interior’s Advisory Committee for the Grand-Staircase Escalante Monument, Utah

1999-2009               Research Associate, Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, CSU

Current Research

Mapping Riparian Habitat and Invasive Species in the Colorado River Basin
Principal Investigator; sponsored by the Walton Family Foundation

Building Geospatial Networks for Mapping Infrastructure, Land-use, and Natural Resources in Ethiopia
Principal Investigator; sponsored by Secondary Cities U.S. State Department, Humanitarian Information Unit

Mapping and Forecasting Invasive Species and their Impacts on Natural and Social Systems
Principal Investigator; sponsored by U.S. Geological Survey

Sustainable Biofuel Feedstocks from Beetle-killed Wood: Bioenergy Alliance Network of the Rockies (BANR)
Co-Investigator; sponsored by U.S. Department of Agriculture

Sustaining India’s Biological Diversity in the Context of Rapid Environmental Change: Research, Education and Community Outreach
Co-Investigator: sponsored by The U.S.-India Educational Foundation (USIEF), Obama-Singh Initiative

Synergistic Activities

IUCN Species Survival Commission, Equid Specialist Group
2016-present, Advising Member: The long range goal of the Equid Specialist Group (http://www.equids.org/index.php) is to conserve biological diversity by developing and executing programs to study, save, restore, and manage wisely wild equids and their habitats. In the short-term, the specific goals are 1) to identify and work with scientists, government personnel, and local residents in the countries where wild zebras, asses, and horses exist, 2) to help raise funds for equid conservation and training projects, and 3) to coordinate with and assist other Species Survival Groups.

Africa Center for Sustainable Ecosystems and Societies under Global Change
2013-present, Co-Investigator: The Africa Center’s mission (http://africacenter.colostate.edu/) is to enhance biodiversity, advance human and animal health, empower communities, and promote environmental, economic and social sustainability in Africa. Activities are generally focused on fostering collaborative partnerships between CSU students, faculty and scientists with their counterparts in African countries.

Warner College of Natural Resources and Ethiopia Strategic Alliance
2012-present, Program Director: The mission of the WCNR-Ethiopia Strategic Alliance (http://www.nrel.colostate.edu/projects/csu-ethiopia/) is to foster stewardship, conservation and sustainable-use of natural resources through international education, research and engagement. We achieve this through scholar exchange programs, collaborative research and academic capacity building (e.g. see http://www.ethiopia-gis.nrel.colostate.edu).

NASA DEVELOP
2011-present, Principal Investigator/Scientific Advisor: The NASA DEVELOP Program (http://develop.larc.nasa.gov/) is a nationwide program that provides funding for student interns to work within selected U.S. institutions to build applied skills in remote sensing research. The Fort Collins DEVELOP Program in Colorado is jointly administered by the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory and the USGS Fort Collins Science Center. Student interns are actively engaged in short- and long-term research projects related to forest health, invasive species, hydrology and other ecological issues in Colorado and across the globe.

Current Graduate Students

Antony Vorster, (Advisor) PhD, Graduate Degree Program in Ecology, CSU

Lee O’Brien, (Advisor) PhD, Graduate Degree Program in Ecology, CSU

Brian Woodward, (Advisor) PhD, Graduate Degree Program in Ecology, CSU

Gericke Cook, (Co-Advisor) PhD, Graduate Degree Program in Ecology, CSU

Cara Steger, (Co-Advisor) PhD, Graduate Degree Program in Ecology, CSU

Bethlehim Abebe, (Co-Advisor) PhD, Dept. of Human Dimensions, CSU

Oliver Miltenberger, (Committee) MS, Graduate Degree Program in Ecology, CSU

Brian Woodward, Co-Advisor) MS, Dept. of Forest and Rangeland Science, CSU

Tyler Beeton, (Committee) PhD, Graduate Degree Program in Ecology, CSU

Stephen Chignell, (Committee) MS, Dept. of Ecosystem Services and Sustainability, CSU

Kendra Vandree, (Committee), MS, Dept. of Food Science & Nutrition, CSU/Peace Corp Master’s International (Ethiopia)

Misganaw Tamrat, (Committee) PhD, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Oslo, Norway

Ejigu Alemayehu, (Committee) PhD, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Oslo, Norway

Graduates

Brian Woodward, (2013-2016), MS, Dept. of Forest and Rangeland Science, CSU

Zerihun Girma, (2013-2016) PhD, Dept. of Botany and Plant Physiology, University of Buea, Cameroon

David Barnett, (2012-2017) PhD, Graduate Degree Program in Ecology, CSU

Emma Richardson, (2013-2016), MS, Dept. of Forest and Rangeland Science, CSU

Tewodros Wakie, (2011-2015) PhD, Graduate Degree Program in Ecology, CSU

Matthew Luizza, (2011-2015) PhD, Graduate Degree Program in Ecology, CSU

Amanda West, (2011-2015) PhD, Graduate Degree Program in Ecology, CSU

Antony Vorster, (2012-2015) MS, Graduate Degree Program in Ecology, CSU

Ben Wilson, (2012-2014) MS, Graduate Degree Program in Ecology, CSU

Carl Reeder, (2009-2013) MS, Dept. of Forest, Range and Watershed Stewardship, CSU/Peace Corp Master’s International (Ethiopia)

Grant Firl, (2011-2013) PhD, Dept. of Atmospheric Science, CSU

Austin Jurgensmeyer, (2010-2011) MS, College of Engineering, CSU

Ted Manahan, 2010-2011) MS, Dept. of Forest, Range and Watershed Stewardship, CSU

Nicholas Young, (2009-2010) MS, Dept. of Forest, Range and Watershed Stewardship, CSU

Peer-reviewed Publications

Chignell, S.M., M. Luizza, S. Skach, N. Young, P. Evangelista (2017). An integrative modeling approach to mapping wetlands and riparian areas in a heterogeneous Rocky Mountain watershed. Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation. Doi:10.1002/rse2.63

Stovall, A., A. Vorster, R. Anderson, P. Evangelista, H. Shugard (2017). Non-destructive aboveground biomass estimation of coniferous trees using terrestrial LiDAR. Remote Sensing of Environment 200:31-42.

Chung, W. A. Vorster, N. Anderson, P. Evangelista, H. Han, and R. Sturtevant (2017). Estimating aboveground tree biomass for beetle-killed lodgepole pine in the Rocky Mountains of Northern Colorado. Forest Science. https://doi.org/10.5849/FS.2016-065.

Young, N.E., R. Anderson, S. Chignell, A. Vorster, R. Lawrence, P. Evangelista (2017). A survival guide to Landsat preprocessing. Ecology 98(4):920-932.

Chignell, S.M., M. Luizza, S. Skach, N. Young, P. Evangelista (2017). An integrative modeling approach to mapping wetlands and riparian areas in a heterogeneous Rocky Mountain watershed. Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation. Doi:10.1002/rse2.63

West A.M., P.H. Evangelista, C.S. Jarnevich, S. Kumar, A. Swallow, M.W. Luizza, and S. Chignell (2017). Using multi-date satellite imagery to monitor invasive grass species distribution in post-wildfire landscapes: An iterative, adaptable approach that employs open-source data and software. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation 59:135-146

Young, N.E., W.H. Romme, P.H. Evangelista, T. Mengistu, A. Worede (2017). Variation in population structure and dynamics of montane forest tree species in Ethiopia: Priorities for conservation and research. Biotropica 49(3):309-317.

West A.M., P.H. Evangelista, C.S. Jarnevich, T. Stohlgren, C. Talbert, M. Talbert, J. Morisette (2016). Integrating remote sensing with species distribution models; mapping tamarisk invasions using the Software for Assisted Habitat Modeling (SAHM) system. JoVE. http://www.jove.com/video/54578/integrating-remote-sensing-with-species-distribution-models-mapping

Evangelista, P., F. Kebede, N. Young and P. Moelman (2016). Species Distribution Models: New Tools and New Approaches for Managing and Conserving Threatened and Endangered Wildlife in Ethiopia. In: A. Alonso Aguirre, editor. Tropical Conservation.

Evangelista, P. N. Young, P. Schofield and C. Jarnevich (2016). Modeling the suitable habitat of invasive red lionfish (Pterois volitans) in the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of North, Central and South America. Aquatic Invasions 11(3):313-326.

Luizza, M.W., T. Wakie, P. Evangelista, and C. Jarnevich (2016). Integrating local pastoral knowledge, participatory mapping, and species distribution modeling for risk assessment of invasive rubber vine (Cryptostegia grandiflora) in Ethiopia’s Afar region. Journal of Ecology and Society 21(1):22

Luizza, M.W., P. Evangelista, C. Jarnevich, A. West and H. Stewart (2016). “Water is our life”: Assessing impacts of invasive Elodea spp. potential impact on Native Alaskan subsistence of Chinnok salmon and whitefish. 58(1):144-163

Wakie, T., D. Hoag, P. Evangelista, M. Luizza and M. Laituri. (2016). Is utilization a cost effective management strategy for controlling invasive Prosopis juliflora? A case study in Afar, Ethiopia. Environmental Management 168:74-86.

Wakie, T., M. Laituri and P. Evangelista. (2016). Assessing the distribution and impacts of Prosopis juliflora through participatory approaches. Applied Geography 66:132-143.

Girma, Z., G. Chuyong, P. Evangelista, Y. Mamo (2015). Habitat characterization and preferences of the mountain nyala (Tragelaphus buxtoni, Lydekker 1910) and Menelik’s bushbuck (Tragelaphus scriptus Meneliki, Neumann 1902) in Arsi Mountains National Park, Southeastern Ethiopia. International Journal of Current Research 7(11):23074-23082.

Chignell, S., R. Anderson, P. Evangelista, M. Laituri and D. Merritt (2015). Mapping maximum extent of the 2013 Colorado Front Range flood using multi-temporal independent component analyses and Landsat 8. Journal of Remote Sensing 7:9822-9843.

Evangelista P., N. Young, D. Swift and A. Worede (2015). Demographic observations of mountain nyala (Tragelaphus buxtoni) in a Controlled Hunting Area, Ethiopia. Biodiversity and Endangered Species 3(1).

Kumar, S., P.H. Evangelista, C.S. Brown, J.C. Moore, T.J. Stohlgren, J.J. Graham and J.R. Hanzlik (2014). Recruiting and Retaining National Needs Fellows in the Area of Sciences for Agricultural Biosecurity. North American College Teacher Association (NACTA) Journal 58:66.

Wakie, T., P. Evangelista, C. Jarnevich and M. Laituri (2014).Mapping current and potential invasion of Prosopis juliflora in the Afar Region of Ethiopia. PLoS ONE 9(11): e112854.doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0112854

Kebede, F., A. Bekele, P. Moehlman, and P. Evangelista (2014). Predicting habitat suitability for the critically endangered African wild ass in the Danakil, Ethiopia. African Journal of Ecology 52(4):524-542.

Kumar, S., J. Graham, A. West and P. Evangelista (2014). Using district-level occurrences in MaxEnt for predicting the invasion potential of exotic insect pests in India. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture 103:55-62.

Jarnevich C., P. Evangelista, and J. Graham. (2013). Measuring Extent and Projections of Tamarix Distributions in North America. In: Anna Sher and Martin Quigley, editors. Tamarix: A case study of ecological change in the American West. Oxford University Press, New York, New York.

Luizza, M., H. Young, C. Kuroiwa, P. Evangelista, A. Worede, R. Bussman, A. Weimer (2013). Local knowledge of plants and their uses among women in the Bale Mountains, Ethiopia. Ethnobotany Research and Applications 11:315-339.

Graham, J., C. Jarnevich, N. Young, G. Newman, P. Evangelista, and T. Stohlgren (2013). Modeling tamarisk (Tamarix spp.) habitat at multiple spatial scales with Hyper-Envelope Modeling Interface (HEMI). Environmental Management 52(4):929-938.

Evangelista, P., N.E. Young and J. Burnett (2013). How will climate change spatially effect agriculture production in Ethiopia? Case studies of important cereal crops. Journal of Climatic Change On line publication, May 1, 2013

Kebede, F., A. Bekele, P. Moehlman, and P. Evangelista (2012). Endangered Grevy’s zebra in Alledeghi Wildlife Reserve, Ethiopia: species distribution modeling for the determination of optimum habitat for management. Endangered Species 17:237-244.

Evangelista, P., J. Norman, P. Swartzinski and N. Young (2012). Assessing habitat quality of the mountain nyala (Tragelaphus buxtoni) in the Bale Mountains, Ethiopia. Current Zoology 58(4):525-535.

Young, N.E., T.J. Stohlgren, P.H. Evangelista, S. Kumar, J. Graham and G. Newman (2012). Regional data refine local predictions: modeling the distribution of plant species abundance on a portion of the Central Plains. For Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 184:5439-5451.

Cross, E., P. Evangelista, M. Laituri and P. Newman. (2011). Creating exploratory maps for wilderness impact surveys: Applications in campsite searches. Park Science, Special Issue on Wilderness Management. 28(3):84-88

Evangelista, P., M.A. Crall and E. Bergquist. (2011). Effects of coal-bed methane development on native and non-native plants, and soil chemistry. In: Naugle, D., editors. Energy Development and Natural Resource Management. Island Press.

Bussmann, R.W., P. Swartzinski, A. Worede and P. Evangelista (2011). Plant use and disease perception in Odo-Bulu and Demaro, Bale Region, Ethiopia. Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine 7(28).

Jarnevich, C., P. Evangelista, T.J. Stohlgren and J. Morisette. (2011). Improving national-scale invasion maps: tamarisk in the Western United States. Western North American Naturalist 71(2):164-175.

Stohlgren, T.J., D. Burnett, S. Kumar and P. Evangelista. (2011). Using Maximum Entropy modeling for optimal selection of sampling sites for monitoring networks. Diversity 3(2); 252-261

York, P., P. Evangelista, S. Kumar, J. Graham, C. Flather, and T. Stohlgren (2011). A habitat overlap analysis derived from Maxent for tamarisk and the southwestern willow flycatcher. Frontiers of Earth Science 5(2):120-129.

Evangelista, P., S. Kumar and T. Stohlgren. (2011). Assessing forest vulnerability and the potential distribution of three pine beetles under current and future climate scenarios in the Interior West of the U.S. Journal of Forest Ecology and Management 262(3):307-316.

Malcolm, J. and P. Evangelista (2011) Observations on the status of the mountain nyala: 2000-2005, In Special Edition on the Bale Mountains, Walia; Journal of the Ethiopian Wildlife and Natural History Society: 39-52.

Graham, J., G. Newman, S. Kumar, C. Jarnevich, N. Young, A. Crall, T. Stohlgren and P. Evangelista (2010). Bringing modeling to the masses: A web based system to predict potential species distributions. Future Internet.

Evangelista, P., T.J. Stohlgren, J.T. Morisette and S. Kumar. (2009). Mapping invasive tamarisk (Tamarix): a comparison of single-scene and time-series analyses of remotely sensed data. Remote Sensing, Ecological Status and Change by Remote Sensing special issue 1:519-533.

Evangelista, P., R., Engeman and L. Tallents. (2009). Testing a passive tracking index for monitoring the endangered Ethiopian wolf. Integrative Zoology 4:172-178.

Evangelista, P., J. Norman III., L. Behanu, S. Kumar and N. Alley. (2008). Predicting habitat suitability for the endemic mountain nyala (Tragelaphus buxtoni) in Ethiopia. Wildlife Research 35:409-416.

Crall, A. W., T.J. Stohlgren, D.A. Guenther, and P.H. Evangelista. (2008). Natural variation in diversity and invasion patterns. . In: van Riper III, C., M. Sogge, editors. The Colorado Plateau III: cultural, biological, and physical research. Tucson, AZ: The University of Arizona Press. p 287-306.

Evangelista, P., S. Kumar, T.J. Stohlgren, C.S. Jarnevich, A.W. Crall, J.B. Norman III and D. Barnett. (2008). Modeling invasion for a habitat generalist and a specialist plant species. Diversity and Distribution 14:808-817.

Evangelista, P., S. Kumar, T. Stohlgren, A.Crall and G. Newman. (2007). Modeling above-ground biomass of Tamarisk ramosissima in the Arkansas River Basin of Southeastern Colorado, USA. Western North American Naturalist 67(4):503-509.

Bergquist, E., T. Stohlgren, P. Evangelista and D. Guenther. (2007). Invasive species and coal bed methane development in the Powder River Basin, Wyoming. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 128:381-394.

Stohlgren, T.J, G. Chong, C. Jarnevich, and P. Evangelista. (2006). Scale and plant invasions: a theory of biotic acceptance. Presilia 78: 405-426.

Chong, G.W., Y. Otsuki, T.J. Stohlgren, D. Guenther, P. Evangelista, C. Villa, M.A. Waters. (2006). Evaluating plant invasions from both habitat and species perspectives. Western North American Naturalist 66(1):92-105.

Crall, A.W., G.J. Newman, T.J. Stohlgren, C.S. Jarnevich, P.H. Evangelista, D. Guenther. (2006). Evaluating dominance as a component of non-Native species invasions. Diversity and Distributions 12:195-204

Engeman, M. R. and P. Evangelista. (2006). Probing the feasibility of a Passive Tracking Index for monitoring wildlife in the lower Omo Valley, Ethiopia. African Journal of Ecology. 45:184-188.

Stohlgren, T.J., C. Crosier, G. Chong, D. Guenther, and P. Evangelista. (2005). Life-history habitat matching in invading non-native plant species. Plant and Soil 277:7-18.

Stohlgren, T.J., D. Guenther, P. Evangelista, and N. Alley. (2005). Patterns of plant rarity, endemism, and uniqueness in an arid landscape. Ecological Applications 15:715-725.

Evangelista, P., D. Guenther, T.J. Stohlgren and S. Stewart. (2004). Vegetation response to fire and Post-burn seeding treatments in juniper woodlands of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah. Western North American Naturalist 64(3): 293-305.

Alley, N.W., T. J. Stohlgren, P. H. Evangelista, and D. A. Guenther. (2004). Iterative model development for natural resource managers: a case example in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Geographic Information Science. 10(1):1-9.

Evangelista, P., D. Guenther, T.J. Stohlgren and S. Stewart. (2003). Fire effects on cryptobiotic soil crusts in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah. In: van Riper III, C., K. L. Cole, editors. The Colorado Plateau: cultural, biological, and physical research. Tucson, AZ: The University of Arizona Press. p 121-128.

Guenther, D.A., T.J. Stohlgren and P. Evangelista. (2003). A comparison of a near-relict site and a grazed site in Pinyon-Juniper community in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah. In: van Riper III, C., K. L. Cole, editors. The Colorado Plateau: cultural, biological, and physical research. Tucson, AZ: The University of Arizona Press. p 153-162.

Bashkin, M., T.J. Stohlgren, Y. Otsuki, M. Lee, P. Evangelista, and J. Belnap. (2002). Soil characteristics and exotic plant species invasions in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah, USA. Applied Soil Ecology 22(1):67-77.

Technical Reports and White Papers

Young, N., A. West, R. Anderson, S. Chignell, P. Evangelista and C. Jarnevich (2015) Mapping land cover and invasive tamarisk in Havasu National Wildlife Refuge, Arizona. U.S. Department of Interior Technical Report for U.S. Department of Interior, U.S. Geological Survey. 23pp.

Young, N., C. Reeder, A. Cheng, R. Addington and P. Evangelista (2014) Colorado Front Range Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Project: Initial Pre and Post-treatment Stand Structure analysis for Phantom Creek Units and Arapaho Roosevelt Projects. Technical Report for U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Forest Service.

Evangelista, P., N. Young, L. Carter, C. Jarnevich, A. Birtwistle, K. Groy (2012). Mapping habitat and potential distributions of invasive plant species on USFWS National Wildlife Refuges. Technical Report for U.S. Department of Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service. 34pp.

Wakie, T., P. Evangelista and M. Laituri (2012). Utilization Assessment of Prosopis juliflora in the Afar Region, Ethiopia. Technical Report for U.S. Forest Service, USDA Office of International Programs for USAID Pastoral Livelihoods Initiative II. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 15pp.

Boone, R., J. Taylor, D. Swift, P. Evangelista and E. Hollowed (2011). Developing a Resource Management and Monitoring Protocol for a Semi-Arid Landscape with Extensive Oil and Gas Development Potential. Technical Note 439, for U.S. Department of Interior, Bureau of Land Management, White River Field Office, CO. 48pp.

Evangelista, P., D. Barnett, T.J. Stohlgren, P. Stapp, C. Jarnivich, S. Kumar, and S. Rauth. (2009). Field and Costs Assessment for the Fundamental Sentinel Unit (FSU) at the Central Plains Experimental Range, Colorado. Technical Report for National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON), Inc. Boulder, CO. 98pp.

Gass, T., S. Kumar and P. Evangelista. (2009). Ponderosa pine in the interior west: current condition and land management legacies. Technical Report for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Forest Service, Missoula, MT. 106pp.

Kalkhan, M., T.J. Stohlgren, J. Schnase, J. Morisette, J. Pedelty and P. Evangelista. (2008). Fingerprinting native and non-native biodiversity in the United States: Phase I-the western U.S. Technical Report for National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD. 78pp.

Evangelista, P. (2008). Range and habitat of the mountain nyala (Tragelaphus buxtoni): 2008 update and review. Technical Report for the World Conservation Union (IUCN) Antelope Specialist Group. 35pp.

Evangelista, P. P. Swartzinski and R. Waltermire. (2007). A profile of the mountain nyala (Tragelaphus buxtoni). African Indaba 5(2) – Special Report. 48pp.

Evangelista, P. (2006). Range and distribution of the mountain nyala (Tragelaphus buxtoni): Technical Report to the Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Department, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 40pp.

Evangelista, P. (2006). Status Report of the mountain nyala (Tragelaphus buxtoni). Technical Report for the World Conservation Union (IUCN) Antelope Specialist Group. 12pp

Evangelista, P. (2005). Status of the mountain nyala in the Arsi Mountains, Ethiopia. In: Malcolm, J, editor. The range and status of the mountain nyala (2004). Technical Report for the Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Department, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 39pp.

Bergquist, E., P. Evangelista T. Stohlgren, and N. Alley. (2004). Invasive species and coal bed methane development in the Powder River Basin, Wyoming. Technical Report for the US Geological Survey, Fort Collins Science Center. 28pp.

Waters, M. A., T. J. Stohlgren, P. Evangelista, D. Guenther, N. Alley, G. J. Newman, editors. (2004). Landscape-Scale Assessment of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Technical Report for the Bureau of Land Management, Kanab, UT. 205pp.

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