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Please note! This page is under construction. New Post-docs are joining the E3B Family: Trishna Dutta, Sarah States and Essayas Ayana. More information to be posted soon!  

Jesse Lasky  

Research Fellow

Columbia University,
Earth Institute
2910 Broadway
New York NY 10025

Email: jl3985@columbia.edu


I just received my PhD in Ecology & Evolution at the University of Texas at Austin, having previously received my AB at Kenyon College. My dissertation focused on understanding processes controlling biodiversity and ecosystem services of forests, with a focus on spatial issues and habitat fragmentation in tropical landscapes. I am broadly interested in the drivers of spatial variation in biodiversity and ecosystem services. As an Earth Institute Postdoctoral Fellow I will be working under direction of Maria Uriarte. I will study how climatic variation affects forest dynamics in Puerto Rico, with a goal of risk assessment and improved mitigation for tree biodiversity and carbon storage. Finally, I am also interested in genomic applications for natural resources conservation in the face of climate change. Please see CV HERE for more information. Or Jesse's site here.

Pinki Mondal  

Postdoctoral Research Scientist

Columbia University,
Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology
Schermerhorn Ext.
1200 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10027-5557

Fax: 212-854-8188
Email: pm2658@columbia.edu

Research Interests: As a land change scientist my research interest revolves around examining the relationships between biophysical and socio-economic variables and how these variables contribute towards global environmental change. I am particularly interested in human-environment interaction, land-cover and land-use change, agricultural sensitivity, and climate variability.

Academic Background: I joined Dr. Ruth DeFries at Columbia University as a postdoctoral research scientist in 2012, prior to which I worked as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Massachusetts - Amherst. I obtained my Ph.D. in Environmental Geography from the University of Florida (2011). I have a master's in Applied Geology from Jadavpur University, India (2004), and a B.S. in Geology from the University of Calcutta, India (2002).

Selected Publications (for an extended list refer to Pinki's CV):
Mondal, P., Nagendra, H. 2011. Trends of forest dynamics in tiger landscapes across Asia. Environmental Management. 48 (4), 781-794.
Mondal, P. 2011. Quantifying surface gradients with a 2-band Enhanced Vegetation Index (EVI2). Ecological Indicators. 11 (3), 918-924.
Mondal, P., Southworth, J. 2010. Evaluation of conservation interventions using a cellular automata-Markov model. Forest Ecology and Management. 260 (10), 1716-1725.
Mondal, P., Southworth, J. 2010. Protection vs. Commercial management: spatial and temporal analysis of land cover changes in the tropical forests of Central India. Forest Ecology and Management 259 (5), 1009 -1017.
Please see CV HERE for more information.