Dave Verbyla

Professor GIS/Remote Sensing

Department of Natural Resources Management
School of Natural Resources & Extension
368 O'Neill Building
University of Alaska
Fairbanks, Alaska 99775-7200 USA

Email: dlverbyla@alaska.edu
Work: 907-474-5553 (I prefer email instead of telephone tag)
Fax: 907-474-6184

Spring Semester Office Hours: Tuesday,Wednesday 1-2pm
or by email appt
  • Ph.D. Forest Resources, Utah State University (1989)
  • M.S. Park and Recreation Resources, Michigan State University (1982)
  • B.S. Natural Resource Management, Rutgers University (1979)

  • Assistant/Associate/Full Professor, Department of Forest Sciences / University of Alaska Fairbanks (1993 to present).
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Forest Resources / University of Idaho (1991 to 1993).
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Natural Resources / University of New Hampshire (1989 to 1991).


  • NRM338 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (every fall)
  • NRM435 GIS Analysis (every spring)
  • NRM638 GIS Programming (every odd spring)
  • NRM641 Remote Sensing Applications in Natural Resources (every even spring)



    Current students:

    Mark Melham Shrub Expansion in Arctic and Subarctic Alpine Areas


    Maija Wehmas M. S. 2018

    Flammability of Broadleaf Forest Stands Among and Within Fire Seasons

    John Krapek M. S. 2016 (co-advised with Brian Buma)

    Landscape-Scale Establishment and Populatipon Spread of Alaska Yellow Cedar

    Britta Shroeder M. S. 2013

    Mapping Landscape Values And Forest Uses On The Tongass National Forest

    Garrett Altmann M. S. 2013

    Surface Water Dynamics of Shallow Lakes Following Wildfire in Boreal Alaska

    Mary Beth Parent M. S. 2011

    Remote Sensing of Browning Trends in the Alaskan Boreal Forest

    Becky Baird M. S. 2011(co-advised with Teresa Hollingsworth)

    Spatial and Temporal Trends in Vegetation Index in the Bonanza Creek Experimental Forest

    Marth Raynolds Ph. D. 2009 (co-advised with Skip Walker)

    Circumpolar Arctic Vegetation

  • Douglas Smart M. S. 2008

    Remote Sensing Aspen Leaf Miner Damage

  • Matt Macander M. S. 2005.
    MODIS satellite vegetation indices over partially vegetated pixels on the Arctic Coastal Plain of Alaska

  • Karen Clyde M. S. 2005.
    Using GIS and remotely sensed data for early winter moose (Alces alces gigas) survey stratification

  • Brian Riordan M. S. 2005.
    Using remote sensing to examine changes of closed-basin water area in interior Alaska from 1950-20002

  • Justin Epting M. S. 2005.
    Remote sensing of burn severity and the interactions between burn severity, topography, and vegetation in interior Alaska

  • Link to pdf files of complete theses

    PUBLICATIONS Since 2010

  • van de Kerk, M., Verbyla, D., Nolin, A. W., Sivy, K. J., and Prugh, L. R. 2018. Range-wide variation in the effect of spring snow phenology on Dall sheep population dynamics. Environmental Research Letters 13 075008

  • Brown, D. R. , Brinkman, T. J., Verbyla, D., Brown, C. , Cold, H., and Hollingsworth, T. 2018. Changing river ice seasonality and impacts on interior Alaskan communities. Weather, Climate and Society https://doi.org/10.1175/WCAS-D-17-0101.1

  • Verbyla, D. 2017. Remote sensing of 2000-2016 Alpine Spring Snowline Elevation in Dall Sheep Mountain Ranges of Alaska and Western Canada. Remote Sensing. Remote Sensing. 2017, 9, 1157; doi:10.3390/rs9111157

  • Verbyla, D. 2016. Remote sensing of interannual boreal productivity in relation to climatic conditions in interior Alaska. Env. Res. Letters. 10 125016.

  • Liang et al. 2016. Positive biodiversity-productivity relationship predominant in global forests. Science. 354(6309) 14Oct2016.

  • Brown, D. R. N, Jorgenson, M. T., Kielland, K., Verbyla, D. , Prakash, A. and Koch, J. C. 2016. Landscape effects of wildfire on permafrost distribution in interior Alaska derived from remote sensing. Remote Sensing. 8(8):65

  • Young, B., Yarie, J., Verbyla, D., Huettman, F., Herrick, K. and Chapin, F. S. III. 2016. Modeling and mapping forest diversity in the boreal forest of interior Alaska. Landscape Ecology doi:10.1007/s10980-016-0450-2

  • Hansen, W. D., Chapin, F. S. III., Naughton, H. T., Rupp, T. S. and Verbyla, D. 2016 . Forest-landscape structure mediates effects of a spruce bark beetle outbreak on subsequent likelihood of burning in Alaskan boreal forest. Forest Ecology and Management. 369:38-46

  • Johnson, I., Brinkman, T., Britton, K, Kelly, J, Huntermark, K, Lake, B.. and Verbyla, D. 2016 . Quantifying rural hunter access in Alaska.. Human Dimensions of Wildlife: An Inernational Journal. 21:240-253.

  • Baughman, C. A., Mann, D. H. , Verbyla, D. L. and Kunz, M. L. 2015. Soil surface organic layers in Arctic Alaska: Spatial distribution, rates of formation, and microclimatic effects. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences. 120, 1150–1164. doi:10.1002/2015JG002983.

  • Verbyla, D. 2015. Comparison of eMODIS and MOD/MYD13A2 NDVI products during 2012-2014 spring green-up periods in Alaska and northwest Canada. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation 36 (2015) 83–86

  • Roach, J. Griffith, B. and D. Verbyla. 2013. Landscape influences on climate-related lake shrinkage at high latitudes. Global Change Biology. doi: 10.1111/gcb.12196

  • Raynolds, M. K., Walker, D. A., Verbyla, D. and C. A. Munger. 2013. Patterns of Change within a Tundra Landscape: 22-year Landsat NDVI Trends in an Area of the Northern Foothills of the Brooks Range, Alaska. Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research. 45(2):249-260.

  • Roach, J. Griffith, B. and D. Verbyla. 2012. Comparison of three methods for long-term monitoring of boreal lake area using Landsat TM/ETM+ imagery. Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing. 38(4):427-440.

  • Baird, R. A., Verbyla, D., and T. N. Hollingsworth. 2012. Browning of the landscape of interior Alaska based on 1986-2009 Landsat sensor NDVI. Canadian Journal of Forest Research. 42:1371-1382.

  • Hegel, T. M., Verbyla, D., Huettman, F., and P. S. Barboza. 2012. Spatial synchrony of recruitment in mountain-dwelling woodland caribou. Population Ecology. 54:19-30.

  • Wolken, J. M., Hollingsworth, T. N., Rupp, T. S., Chapin, F. S. III, Trainor, S. F., Barrett, T. M., Sullivan, P. F., McGuire, A. D., Euskirchen, E. S., Hennon, P. E., Beever, E. A., Conn, J. S., Crone, L. K., D'Amore, D. V., Fresco, N., Hanley, T. A., Kielland, K., Kruse, J. J., Patterson, T., Schuur, E. A. G, Verbyla, D. and J. Yarie. 2011. Evidence and implications of recent and projected climate change in Alaska’s forest ecosystems. Ecosphere 12(11):124.

  • Verbyla, D. 2011. Perspective: Browning Boreal Forests of Western North America. Environmental Research Letters 6 041003.

  • Tape, K., Verbyla, D. and J. Welker. 2011. 20th century erosion in Arctic Alaska foothills: the influence of shrubs, runoff, and permafrost. Journal of Geophysical Research--Biogeosciences. 116, G04024, 11pp..

  • Schmidt, J. H., Linberg, M. S., Johnson, D. S. and D. Verbyla. 2011. Season length influences breeding range dynamics of trumpteter swans. Wildlife Biology. 17(4): 364-372.

  • Roach, J. , Griffith, B. Verbyla, D. and J. Jones. 2011. Mechanisms influencing changes in lake area in Alaskan boreal forest Global Change Biology. 17(5):2567-2583.

  • Liang, J., Zhou, M., Verbyla, D., Zhang, L. Springsteen, A. L. and Malone, T.  2011.  Mapping forest dynamics under climate change: a matrix model. Forest Ecology and Management. 262:2250-2262.

  • Johnstone, J. F., Rupp, T. S., Olson, M. and D. Verbyla. 2011. Modeling impacts of fire severity on successional trajectories and future fire behavior in Alaskan boreal forests. Landscape Ecology. 26:487-500.

  • Mack, M. C., Bret-Harte, M. S., Hollingsworth, T. N., Jandt, R. R., Schuur, E. A., Shaver, G. R.  and Verbyla, D.  2011.  Carbon loss from an unprecedented arctic tundra wildfire.  Nature.  475:489-492.

  • Parent, M. B. and D. Verbyla. 2010. The browning of Alaska's boreal forest. Remote Sensing. Remote Sensing. 2:2729-2747.

  • Boby, L. A., Schuur, E. A., Mack, M. C., Verbyla, D. and J. F. Johnstone. 2010. Quantifying fire severity, carbon, and nitrogen emissions in Alaska's boreal forest: the adventitious root method. Ecological Applications 20(6):1633-1647..

  • Joly, K. , Klein, D., Verbyla, D., Rupp. T. S. and F. S. Chapin III. 2010. Linkages between large-scale climate patterns and the dynamics of Alaskan caribou populations. Ecography. 34:345-352.

  • Kasischke, E. S., Verbyla, D. L., Rupp, T. S., McGuire, A. D., Murphy, K. A., Jandt, R., Barnes, J., Hoy, E. E. Duffy, P. A., Calef, M. and M. R. Turetsky. 2010. Alaska's changing fire regime---implications for the vulnerability of its boreal forest. Canadian Journal of Forest Research.  40:1313-1324.

  • Last modified January 2018

    email: dlverbyla@alaska.edu