Erle C. Ellis

Professional Activities


Research Awards* & Fellowships

2012 - 2015 $631,203   Ecosynth: An Advanced Open-Source 3D Toolkit for Forest Ecology (ABI Development).
PI**: National Science Foundation (DBI 1147089). <project web site>
2011 - 2015 $1,288,474   GLOBE: Evolving New Global Workflows for Land Change Science. (CDI-Type II)
PI: National Science Foundation (CNS 1125210). <project web site>
2011 - 2012 $27,973   Forest structure measurements using multispectral Terrestrial LIDAR Scanning.
sole PI: U.S. Forest Service (Joint Venture Agreement 11-JV-112423006-098). <project web site>
2011 - 2011 $15,000   Anthrome Analysis Tools for Geo-Web Uses.
sole PI: U.S. National Academy of Sciences (Professional Services Agreement DELS-200000034)
2010 - 2011 $26,000   Act Locally, Understand Globally: Prototyping the Global Comparison Engine at UMBC.
PI: UMBC Research Seed Funding Initiative (RSFI). <project web site>
2010 - 2011 $27,040   Spectral and 3D Structural Remote Sensing of Land Cover Features at the Wildland-Urban Interface Using Computer Vision.
sole PI: U.S. Forest Service (Joint Venture Agreement 06-JV-11242300-135). <project web site>
2007 - 2009 $39,000   Wild Bird and Poultry Interactions: Modeling Avian Influenza.
PI: U.S. Geological Survey
2006 - 2001 $25,000   Mapping and Classifying Relationships Between Vegetation and Built Structures at High Spatial Resolutions.
sole PI: U.S. Forest Service (Joint Venture Agreement 06-JV-11242300-135)
2007 - 2008 $38,145   Tracking Bar-headed Geese from Qinghai Province, China Using Satellite Telemetry.
PI: National Science Foundation (SGER, OISE 0713027)
2000 - 2006 $643,140   Long-term Biogeochemical Changes in China's Anthropogenic Landscapes.
sole PI: National Science Foundation (DEB 0075617). <project web site>
2002 - 2004 $8,000   Watershed 263 Project.
Co-PI: U.S. Forest Service.
1995 - 1997 $55,000   U.S.-China Cooperative Research Fellowship: Nitrogen Cycling and Ecological Sustainability in Agroecosystems.
sole PI (Postdoctoral Fellowship): National Science Foundation (OISE 9523944). <project web site>
1993 - 1995 $69,600   Nutrient Cycling as a Measure of Agroecosystem Sustainability.
sole PI (Postdoctoral Fellowship): National Science Foundation (DEB 9303261). <project web site>

* Funding amounts are direct costs only, not including indirect costs.

**PI = Principal Investigator.


Professional Service

Institutions, Professional Groups

2012 - Global Land Project, Scientific Steering Committee (GLP SSC)

2012 - The Breakthrough Institute, Senior Fellow

2011 - Anthropocene Working Group, International Commission on Stratigraphy, Member.

2011 - Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC), NASA, Member, User Working Group


2012 - Rapid Response Team, Ecological Society of America (ESA), Member.

2008 - Human Ecology Section, Ecological Society of America (ESA): Chair (2012-13), Vice Chair (2009-2011), Webmaster (2008-2010)


2013 - The Anthropocene Review: Member,Editorial Board

2008 - Acta Ecologica Sinica (International Journal): Member, Editorial Board

2008 - Journal of Sustainable Agriculture: Member, Editorial Board


Workshops & Professional Participation

2015 -        Global Biodiversity Monitoring, Prediction & Reporting Initiative (Future Earth / Yale University), Participant

2015 -        Seeds of a Good Anthropocene Initiative (Future Earth / Stockholm Resilience Center), Participant

2014 -        Anthropocene Curriculum / Anthropocene Campus (House der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin), Co-presenter of
                    Anthropogenic Landscapes Seminar [introductory presentation video].

2014          Future Earth Projects Meeting (Future Earth/National Academy of Sciences, Washington DC), Participant.

2013-2014  The Anthropocene Project (House der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin). Co-presenter of Island: Perspectives,
                    Dialogue with Emma Marris, Interview with Bernd Scherer.

2013          Globalizing Our Understanding of Land-use Change (National Social Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC),
                    Annapolis, Maryland). Co-PI.

2008          Global Land Use Data Workshop (Institute of Social Ecology, Vienna, Austria, cohosted by the Netherlands
                    Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL) and the Global Land Project). Participant.

Symposiums/Sessions Organized

2014 Symposium co-chair, Whose planet? Whose 'boundaries'? A dialogue on the politics of 'planetary boundaries' session. Resilience 2014: Resilience and Development: Mobilizing for Transformation, May 4-8, 2014, Montpelier, France.
2013 Symposium co-chair, SYMP 24: Past, Present, and Future Design of Infrastructures for a Resilient Society, Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, Minnesota, August 9, 2013.
2010 Symposium co-chair, SYMP 19: Socioecological Adaptations to Climate Change, Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, August 1-6, 2010.
2009 Session chair, OOS 41: Global Ecology in the 21st Century: Sustaining an Anthropogenic Biosphere, Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, Albuquerque, New Mexico, August 2-7, 2009.
2008 Session co-chair, GC20: Earth System Science and Education in an Anthropogenic Biosphere, American Geophysical Union Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California, December 15-19, 2008.
2007 Symposium co-chair, Symposium 23: Ecology of Rural China: Past, Present and Future, Ecosummit 2007,Beijing, China, May 22-27, 2007 Beijing
2005 Symposium chair, Symposium 18: Linking Local, Regional And Global Ecological Changes Across Densely Populated Landscapes ESA-INTECOL 2005 Joint Meeting, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, August 7-12, 2005.
Session chair, EV-18: Long-Term Ecological Changes across China's Rural Landscapes. ESA-INTECOL 2005 Joint Meeting, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, August 7-12, 2005.
2004 Session chair, Oral Session 7: GIS / Remote Sensing I. Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, Portland, Oregon, August 1-6, 2004
2001 Session co-chair, Oral Session 10: Nitrogen Dynamics in Asia. Nitrogen 2001 Conference, Potomac, Maryland, October 14-21, 2001.
1999 Symposium co-chair, Symposium 11: Ecological Processes in Agricultural Landscapes. Ecological Society of America Annual Meetings, Spokane, Washington, August 8-12, 1999
1998 Symposium co-chair, Planned Session 8.2: Agroecology and Sustainability. VIIth International Congress of Ecology (INTECOL), Florence, Italy.




Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment; AMBIO; Annals of the Association of American Geographers; Anthropocene; The Anthropocene Review; Applied Vegetation Science; Area; Basic & Applied Ecology; Biological Conservation; BioScience; Conservation Biology; Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability; Diversity and Distributions; Ecological Applications; Ecological Economics; Ecological Engineering, Ecological Monographs; Environmental Modeling and Assessment; Environmental Modelling & Software; Environmental Science & Policy; Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment; Geoderma; Global Biogeochemical Cycles; Global Change Biology; Global Policy; The Holocene; ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information; Journal of Agricultural Science; Journal of Applied Geography; Journal of Environmental Management; Journal of Environmental Quality; Journal of Geophysical Research; Journal of Historical Geography; Journal of Sustainable Agriculture; Land; Landscape Ecology; Landscape and Urban Planning; Land Use Policy; Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems; Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology; Pedosphere; Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America; The Professional Geographer; Regional Environmental Change; Remote Sensing; Remote Sensing of Environment; Science; Sustainability; Urban Ecosystems

Books, Chapters, other publications

Encyclopedia of Earth, Environmental Science textbooks (assorted), National Academy of Sciences, Shifting Ground: The Shifting Agricultural Soils of China and Indonesia, Biodiversity in Agriculture: Domestication, Evolution, and Sustainability


US-NSF, US-EPA, US-NASA, Big Ideas @ Berkeley.


Professional Societies

2011 -  Association of American Geographers

2008 -  Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences
2005 -  American Geophysical Union
2005 -  INTECOL
2000 -  International Association for Landscape Ecology
2000 -  American Institute of Biological Sciences
1997 -  Ecological Society of America
1996 -  AAAS