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Bryan C Pijanowski

Forestry and Natural Resources 

  • Professor of Human-Environment Modeling & Analysis Laboratory
765.496.2215
765.496.2422
FORS Room 305
195 Marsteller Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Dr. Bryan Pijanowski – Human-Environment Modeling & Analysis Lab

Dr. Pijanowski specializes in spatial modeling and analysis of land use/cover change. Grounded in the theoretical framework of complex socio-ecological systems, his research employs advanced technologies and methodologies from a wide array of disciplines. Many of his models are used to forecast and backcast land use/cover change patterns which are then linked to other ecological and economic models. Research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, EPA Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, NASA and various foundations (e.g., Kellogg Foundation, Great Lakes Fisheries Trust, Purdue Research Foundation). Dr. Pijanowski is interested in how results of simulations of the future can be used to achieve a more sustainable society.

A lot of the research being conducted uses geographic information systems, remote sensing, machine learning (e.g., neural networks), role playing simulation, agent-based modeling, expert judgment and semi-structured interview tools and approaches. He is a member of many national (e.g., American Association of Geographers) and international (e.g., Global Land Project) research organizations.

Research Group - Natural Resource Social Science, Forest Measurement and Assessment/GIS, Wildlife Science

Facilities - Human-Environment Modeling and Analysis Lab, Spatial Data Analysis Lab 

Related Centers - Center for the Environment, Purdue Climate Change Research Center, Purdue Interdisciplinary Center for Ecological Sustainability

Awards & Honors

(1983) Michigan ACT Competitive Scholarship.

(1987) Sigma-Xi Graduate Student Research Award. Michigan State University.

(1991) George and Martha Wallace Endowed Scholarship Award. Department of Zoology, MSU..

(1991) National Wilson Society and Cooper Ornithological Society Scholastic Achievement Award: Chosen as One of the Nation’s Top Ornithological Student-Researchers..

(1991) Vetward-Bound Teaching Citation. College of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University..

(1998) International Scholars – MSU Chapter (Phi Beta Delta). Special Recognition for Contributions to MSU Study Abroad Programs..

(2002) Best of Show. Executive Vice President for Research and Engagement.

(2013) Seed for Success Award. Executive Vice President for Research and Engagement.

(2014) Undergraduate Mentoring Award. Purdue University Housing and Residential Facilities.

(2014) BRAVO Award. Purdue University.

Selected Publications

Madurapperuma, B., Iannone, B., Jung, J., Pijanowski, B., Fei, S., & Shao, G. (2014). How structural complexity of vegetation facilitates invasion: Integrating LiDAR and FIA invasive species plot data in the Appalachian Mountains of the USA. Purdue GIS Day.

Tayyebi, A., Pijanowski, B., & Pekin, B. (in press). Land use legacies of the Ohio River Basin: Using a spatially explicit land use change model to assess past and future impacts on aquatic resources. Applied Geography.

Madurapperuma, B., Iannone, B., Jung, J., Pijanowski, B., & Fei, S. (2014). Relationship of structural vegetation complexity and plant invasivability: Integrating LiDAR and FIA invasive species plot data in the Appalachian Mountains of the USA. Restoring Forest Conference.

Pijanowski, B. (2014). Soundscape science: a new frontier for socioecological research in terrestrial and acquatic environments. In Aquatic Noise (27, 12-Jan). Springer.

Fei, S., Pijanowski, B., Oswalt, C., Iannone, B., Guo, Q., Liebhold, A., & Clark, T. (in press). Understanding macroscale invasion dynamics processes. Journal of Forestry.