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Erle C. Ellis

Professional Activities


Research Awards* & Fellowships

2017 €16,000   Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Padova e Rovigo Visiting Professor at the Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry (TESAF) of the University of Padova (4 months; May to August 2017).
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

2018 - Nature Needs Half, Advisory Committee Member 

2018 - Global Land Programme, Fellow

2012 - The Breakthrough Institute, Senior Fellow

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

2012 - 2017 Global Land Programme, Scientific Steering Committee (GLP SSC)

2011 - 2015 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)


2018 - Annals of the American Association of Geographers: Editorial Board

2017 - Progress in Physical Geography: Contributing Editor

2017 - Quaternary: Member, Editorial Board

2016 - Land: Member, Editorial Board

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 (Stellenbosch, South Africa, Stockholm, Sweden)

2015        Scientific Societies and the Unifying Message, Pursuing a Unifying Message in Support of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resources Research (December 9, 2015, American Association for the Advancement Science, Washington, DC), Representative of Ecological Society of America.

2015        Land Use 6000 (LU6K) Workshop (October 22-23, 2015, University of Chicago Center, Paris, France), Participant [workshop flyer]

2015        Human Niche Construction Workshop (October 16-17, 2015, Rachel Carson Center, Munich, Germany), Participant

2015        Google Earth Engine User Summit 2015 (Google, Mountain View, CA), Participant

2015        Creative Conservation: How Humanity Innovates to Protect Nature (Resources for the Future Seminar, May 27, 2015, Washington, DC), Panelist

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/Workshops Organized/Chaired/Moderated

2016 Moderator: Realities and Realms: Responsive Technologies in Ecological Systems (Harvard Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, MA USA). Session chair: T3 S43: Anthropogenic Biomes: Sustaining Ecology and Development in Human Landscapes. Workshop Organizer: T1 S03: GLOBE Training: Global Representativeness Analysis for Meta-Study Research. World Cafe Organizer: T2 S26: Conceptual Models of Land Systems: From Alphabet Soup to Land System Science.Global Land Project Open Science Meeting, October 24-27, 2016, Beijing, China. Co-PI Global Knowledge Gaps (National Social Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), Annapolis, Maryland).
2015 Session chair, GC14B: Dating the Anthropocene: Early Land Use and Earth System Change, American Geophysical Union Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California, December 14-18, 2015.
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 Biology; Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability; Diversity and Distributions; Earth's Future; Ecography; Ecological Applications; Ecological Economics; Ecological Engineering, Ecological Monographs; Ecology and Evolution; Environmental Modeling and Assessment; Environmental Modelling & Software; Environmental Science & Policy; Forest Ecology and Management; Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment; Geoderma; Global Biogeochemical Cycles; Global Change Biology; Global Environmental Change; Global Policy; The Holocene; IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters; 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 Land Use Science; Journal of Sustainable Agriculture; Land; Landscape Ecology; Landscape and Urban Planning; Land Use Policy; Methods in Ecology and Evolution; Nature Ecology and Evolution; Nature Human Behaviour; Nature Sustainability; Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems; Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology; Pedosphere; Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America; The Professional Geographer; Progress in Physical Geography; Quaternary; Regional Environmental Change; Remote Sensing; Remote Sensing of Environment; Restoration Ecology; Science; Science Advances; Sustainability; The Lancet; Trends in Ecology and Evolution; 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

2017 -  Cultural Evolution Society

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