Jonathan Greenberg

Associate Professor

Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science
University of Nevada/Mail Stop 186
1664 N. Virginia Street
Reno,  Nevada   89557

Office: (775) 682-7933
Building: Max Fleischmann Agriculture,  Office 241

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B.S. Boston University, 1996
Ph.D. University of California at Davis, 2004


My research centers on addressing questions of the impacts of climate change and land use/land cover change on vegetated ecosystems using remote sensing data.  My research ranges across scales from individual plants to the globe, across many terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, and utilizes state-of-the-art remote sensing imagery including hyperspectral, hyperspatial, multi-temporal, thermal, and LiDAR data.


  • University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students, Introduction to Remote Sensing (GEOG/NRES 477). Spring 2015.
  • National Research Council (NRC) Postdoctoral Research Associateship.
  • NASA Earth System Science Graduate Student Fellowship.
  • Graduated with Distinction in Biology, May 1996
  • Graduated Cum Laude , May 1996.


Greenberg, J.A., M.J. Santos, S.Z. Dobrowski, V.C. Vanderbilt, and S.L. Ustin. 2015, Quantifying environmental limiting factors on tree cover using geospatial data., PLOS One 10(2): e0114648.
Greenberg, J.A., E.L. Hestir, D. Riano, G.J. Scheer and S.L. Ustin. 2012, Using LiDAR data analysis to estimate changes in insolation under largescale riparian deforestation., Journal of the American Water Resources Association 48(5): 939948.
Shawn M. Crimmins, Solomon Z. Dobrowski, Jonathan A. Greenberg, John T. Abatzoglou, Alison R. Mynsberge 2011, Changes in Climatic Water Balance Drive Downhill Shifts in Plant Species’ Optimum Elevations, Science Vol. 331, Issue 6015, pp. 324-327
Greenberg, J.A., C. Rueda, E.L. Hestir, M.J. Santos and S.L. Ustin. 2011, Least cost distance analysis for spatial interpolation., Computers & Geosciences 37:272276.
Greenberg, J. A., S. Z. Dobrowski, and V. C. Vanderbilt. 2009, Limitations on maximum tree density using hyperspatial remote sensing and environmental gradient analysis., Remote Sensing of Environment 113(1): 94101.
Greenberg, J.A., S.Z. Dobrowski, C.M. Ramirez, J.L. Tuil, and S.L. Ustin. 2006, A bottom-up approach to vegetation mapping of the Lake Tahoe Basin using hyperspatial image analysis., Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing 72(5): 581589. Special issue on “Mapping from High-Resolution Satellite Imagery”.
Greenberg, J. A., S. Z. Dobrowski, and S. L. Ustin. 2005, Shadow allometry: estimating tree structural parameters using hyperspatial image analysis., Remote Sensing of Environment. 97(1):1525.
Greenberg, J. A., S. C. Kefauver, H. C. Stimson, C. J. Yeaton, and S. L. Ustin. 2005, Survival analysis of a neotropical rainforest using multitemporal satellite imagery., Remote Sensing of Environment 96(2):202211.