University of Wisconsin–Madison
Spatial Analysis For Conservation and Sustainability

Laura Farwell

Postdoctoral Research Associate

(608) 890-3160

126A Russell Labs
1630 Linden Drive
Madison, WI 53706


2018: Ph.D. Forest Resources/Wildlife and Fisheries Management, West Virginia University
2011: M.S. Forest Resources, University of Washington
2009: B.S. Environmental Science and Resource Management, University of Washington
1999: B.A. Political Science with minor in International Studies, University of Washington

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Research interests

Landscape and wildlife ecologist, broadly interested in impacts of human-induced global change on forest ecosystems and biodiversity. Research integrates field data with remote sensing data using innovative quantitative and spatial modeling techniques. Current projects include impacts of shale gas energy development (i.e., fracking) on forests and migratory birds in the central Appalachian region, as well as development of novel remote sensing habitat indices for biodiversity applications.

Personal interests

When I’m not in front of a computer I love playing outside with my husband and two sons. Interests include: hiking, running, gardening, linguistics, science fiction, and taco trucks.

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