Thomas Albright

Dr. Thomas P. Albright

Assistant Professor

Department of Geography
University of Nevada, Reno-- Mailstop 0154
104A(office)/209(lab) Mackay Science Hall
Reno, NV 89557-0154

Office: (775) 784-6673
Lab: (775) 784-6671
Fax: (775) 784-1058

Website: Laboratory for Conservation Biogeography

Research Statement

Thomas Albright employs landscape ecological and biogeographic perspectives to understand the causes and consequences of environmental change at local to global scales. His work has examined the role of climate and human dispersal in the spread of invasive plants in the US and China, the effects of extreme weather and disturbance on avian communities across the US, and the rate and patterns of land cover change and desertification in the West African Sahel.
In his research and teaching, Dr. Albright employs a variety of remote sensing platforms, field data, GIS, spatial analysis, and hierarchical modeling. His remote sensing work has included inventories of glacier cover in the Himalaya using synthetic aperture radar, documenting the rise and fall of the world’s largest water hyacinth infestation in East Africa, and characterizing heat waves using thermal remote sensing.
Dr. Albright has a long history of international research, applications, and teaching from over 15 countries and speaks French and Spanish proficiently.

Research Areas of Interest

Conservation Biogeography; ecoclimatology; landscape ecology and remote sensing

Professional Preparation

Postdoctoral Associate, Forest and Wildlife Ecology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2007-2010
Ph.D., Zoology (ecology), University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2007
Senior Scientist, USGS EROS Center, South Dakota, 1997-2007
M.A., Geography, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1997
B.S., Geography & Cartography/GIS, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1993

Selected Publications

Rittenhouse CD, AM Pidgeon, TP Albright, PD Culbert, MK Clayton, CH Flather, JG Masek, & VC Radeloff, in press, Land Cover Change and Avian Diversity in the conterminous United States, Conservation Biology.

Albright, TP, J Cardille, & MG Turner, 2011, Characterizing spatial pattern in biogeographic data, in AC Millington, MA Blumler, GM MacDonald, and U Schickhoff, editors. Handbook of Biogeography. SAGE Publications, London.

Li, Z, Q Dong, TP Albright, & QF Guo, 2011, Natural and human dimensions of a quasi-wild species: The case of kudzu, Biological Invasions, 13(10)2167-2179.

Albright, TP, AM Pidgeon, CD Rittenhouse, MK Clayton, CH Flather, PD Culbert, & VC Radeloff, 2011, Heat waves measured with MODIS land surface temperature data predict changes in avian community structure, Remote Sensing of Environment, 115(1)245-254.             

Albright TP, AM Pidgeon, CD Rittenhouse, MK Clayton, CH Flather, PD Culbert, BD Wardlow, & VC Radeloff, 2010, Combined effects of heat waves and droughts on avian communities across the conterminous United States, Ecosphere, 1(5)art11.

Albright TP, AM Pidgeon, CD Rittenhouse, MK Clayton, CH Flather, PD Culbert, BD Wardlow, & VC Radeloff, 2010, Effects of drought on avian community structure, Global Change Biology 16:2158-2170.

Albright, TP, DP Anderson, NS Keuler, SM Pearson, & MG Turner, 2009, The spatial legacy of introduction: Celastrus orbiculatus in the southern Appalachians, USA., Journal of Applied Ecology, 46:1229-1238.