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
Work: 907-474-5553 (I prefer email instead of telephone tag)
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
New Hampshire (1989 to 1991).
CLASSES TAUGHT AT UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA
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)
GRADUATE STUDENTS ADVISED SINCE 2005
Maija Wehmas Flammability of Broadleaf Forest Stands Among and Within Fire Seasons
Mark Melham Shrub Expansion in Arctic and Subarctic Alpine Areas
Link to pdf files of complete theses
Links to theses abstracts:
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.
GIS and remotely sensed data for early winter moose (Alces alces gigas)
Brian Riordan M. S. 2005.
remote sensing to examine changes of closed-basin water area in
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
Verbyla, D. 2017. Remote sensing of 2000-2016 Alpine Spring Snowline Elevation in Dall Sheep Mountain Ranges of Alaska and Western Canada. 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.
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