Staff Resource Guide

In-House Collaborators at Work

markambrosemay2012.jpgMark Ambrose

North Carolina State University Cooperating Scientist, Research Triangle Park Office ( or 919-549-4078)

Current Research: forest health, urban forests

Education: MS, North Carolina State University, forestry; BSE, Princeton University, electrical engineering and computer science

Research Interests: tropical forestry, plantation silviculture, forest ecology


AureliaBaca.jpgAurelia Baca

Southeast Regional Climate Hub Climate Specialist, Research Triangle Park Office ( or 919-549-4075)

Current Research: El Nino-Southern Oscillation impacts on agriculture, climate extremes impact on animal agriculture

Education: PSM, North Carolina State University, climate change and society; BS, University of North Carolina at Asheville, atmospheric sciences

Research Interests: climate change risk, natural climate variability impacts, anthropogenic climate change impacts

Professional Affiliations: American Meteorological Society

bjorn_portrait2012.pngBjorn Brooks

Ecologist (ORISE Fellow), Asheville Office ( or 828-257-4850)

Current Research: forest ecosystem resilience

Education: PhD, Iowa State University, geology; MSc, University of Bristol, paleobiology; BS, Iowa State University, biology

Research Interests: climate change and vegetation responses, signal analysis and detection in natural systems, ecosystem-atmosphere modeling



barbconklingmay2012.jpgBarbara Conkling

North Carolina State University Cooperating Scientist, Research Triangle Park Office ( or 919-549-4084)

Current Research: forest soils, broad soil chemistry, efficient and useful technology transfer

Education: PhD, University of Missouri-Columbia, agronomy; MS, University of Missouri-Columbia, agronomy; BA, Ohio Wesleyan University, chemistry

Research Interests: forest health monitoring, communication, technical writing



Dennis_Hallema.pngDennis Hallema

Hydrologist (ORISE Fellow), Research Triangle Park Office ( or 919-549-4074)

Current Research: hydrological risk assessment, watershed modeling, wildfire and climate analysis

Education: PhD, Montpellier SupAgro (France), continental water and society; MS, Utrecht University (Netherlands), geosciences; BS, Utrecht University, geosciences

Research Interests: hydrological risk assessment, climate and watershed modeling, geographical information systems, wildfire analysis, agriculture, geomorphology

Professional Affiliations: American Geophysical Society, American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, British Hydrological Society



Kevin Potter, Research Triangle Park, NCKevin Potter

North Carolina State University Cooperating Scientist, Research Triangle Park Office ( or 919-549-4071)

Current Research: landscape ecology, population genetics, conservation genetics, broad-scale forest health assessment

Education: PhD, North Carolina State University, forestry; MS, North Carolina State University, natural resources; BA, Drake University, journalism

Research Interests: population genetics, landscape ecology, conservation biology of forest trees, forest communities at risk

Professional Affiliations: International Association for Landscape Ecology, Ecological Society of America, Botanical Society of America, Society of American Foresters


Additional Eastern Threat Center staff members:
Scientists and Research Support Staff

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