Jill Heaton, PhD

Professor and Vice Provost, Faculty Affairs
Jill Heaton

Contact Information

Degrees

  • Ph.D., Geography, Oregon State University, 2001
  • M.S., Biology, University of North Texas, 1996
  • B.S., Biology, University of North Texas, 1993

Biography

Dr. Heaton is an arid lands ecologist, with dual degrees in biology and geography. Her strengths are in quantitative and statistical techniques as applied to ecological problems, and integrating ecological theory and principles with the spatial and temporal complexity of the natural environment. She has extensive experience and expertise in GIS, habitat modeling, (especially as related to reptiles and small mammals), statistical modeling, environmental issues on military installations, urban and development biodiversity boundary interactions, and issues relating to land use and conservation.

Research Areas of Interest

Desert ecology, habitat modeling, reptiles, wildlife detection dogs, GISystems and GIScience, spatial modeling, ecosystem functioning, decision support systems, and knowledge management.

Courses Taught

  • Geog 314: Field Methods | Syllabus and Course Outline, Sp 09
  • Geog 325: Research Methods | Syllabus and Course Outline, Fall 11
  • Geog 405/605 GIS I: Geographic Information Systems and Science | Syllabus and Course Outline, Fall 05
  • Geog 407/607 GIS II: Advanced Geographic Information Systems and Science | Syllabus and Course Outline, Sp 08
  • Geog 416/616 Spatial Analysis in Geography | Syllabus and Course Outline, Sp 08
  • Geog 434 Biogeography | Syllabus, Fall 09
  • Geog 472/672 Geography of Arid Lands | Syllabus and Course Outline, Sp 06
  • Geog 701g Advanced Field Methods | Syllabus and Course Outline, Fall 07

Selected Publications

  • Webb, R. H., L. F. Fenstermaker, J. S. Heaton, D. L. Hughson, E. V. McDonald, D. M. Miller. 2009. The Mojave Desert: Ecosystem Processes and Sustainability. University of Nevada Press.
  • Heaton, J. S. M. E. Cablk, K. E. Nussear, T. C. Esque, P. A. Medica, J. C. Sagebiel, S. S. Francis. 2008. Comparison of effects of humans versus wildlife-detector dogs. Southwestern Naturalist 53(4):472-479.
  • Heaton, J. S., K. E. Nussear, T. C. Esque, R. Inman, F. M. Davenport, T. E. Leuteritz, P. A. Medica, N. W. Strout, P. A. Burgess, L. Benvenuti. 2008. Decision support for selecting translocation areas for desert tortoises. Biodiversity and Conservation. 17:575-590.
  • Nussear, K. E., T. C. Esque, J. S. Heaton, M. E. Cablk, K. K. Drake, C. Valentin, J. L. Yee, P. A. Medica. 2008. Are wildlife detector dogs or people better at finding desert tortoises (Gopherus agassizii)? Herpetological Conservation and Biology. 3(1):103-115.
  • Heaton, J.S., A.R. Kiester and M. Meyers. 2006. The LizLand model: a geomorphic approach to lizard habitat modeling in the Mojave Desert. Journal of Arid Environments 67 (Supplemental 1):202-225.