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Francisco J. Escobedo

Francisco J. Escobedo
Research Social Scientist
Urban Ecosystems and Social Dynamics Program
Los Angeles Center for Urban Natural Resources Sustainability
125 Paseo de la Plaza, Suite 204
Los Angeles, CA 90012
United States
Current Research
My research interest is understanding the environmental sustainability and resilience of communities and ecosystems in urban and wildland-urban interface (WUI) areas. I am particularly interested in measuring and informing managers and the public about the benefits and costs of urban and WUI forests and how socioeconomic factors and policies drive changes to these socio-ecological systems.  For this research, I use not only quantitative approaches such as ecological modelling, statistics, field data and geospatial analysis but, also socioeconomic methods and data such as policy analysis, economic valuation and other qualitative methods.
Past Research

In the past I have done research in urban forest ecology and the effects of disturbances such as urbanization and hurricanes on subtropical urban forest structure and function.  I have also used economic valuation, policy analysis and various other models to measure and assess the ecosystem services and disservices provided by forests, rangelands and other ecosystems in urban, wildland, temperate, tropical, and international settings.  Past research and professional experience has also included assessing fire effects as well as soil quality and inventories. 

Research Interest
Socio-ecological systems
Urban forestry
Ecosystem services
Forest policy
Why This Research Is Important

Over half of the world’s and eighty percent of the United States’ populations currently live in urban and WUI areas.  As a result, the environmental and natural resource sustainability problems facing society and these ecosystems are complex. One approach to better understand these issues and inform decision makers, the focus of my work, is to study them by working across disciplines using an integrated and participatory approach.   

  • State University of New York- ESF, Phd, Forest and Natural Resources Policy, 2004
  • University of Arizona, Ms, Watershed Management, 1998
  • New Mexico State University , Bsc, Soil Science, 1994
Professional Experience
  • Professor of Socio-Ecological Systems,  Universidad del Rosario, Bogota Colombia,  2016 - 2020
  • Associate Professor of Urban and Community Forestry,  University of Florida, School of Forest Resources and Conservation,  2006 - 2015
  • Forest Soil Scientist and Air Resources Coordinator,  US Forest Service, Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forest,  2004 - 2006
  • Forester,  US Forest Service, Northeastern Research Station,  2000 - 2004
  • Soil Scientist,  US Forest Service, Region 3 Terrestrial Ecosystem Survey Crew,  1994 - 1999
  • Soil Science Technician,  US Forest Service, Tongass NF, Yakutat Ranger District,  1992 - 1992
Professional Organizations
  • Member,  International Association for Landscape Ecology,  2018 - Current
  • Member,  Society for Urban Ecology,  2016 - 2017
  • Member,  Ecosystem Services Partnership,  2012 - 2014
  • Deputy Coordinator,  International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO),  2010 - 2014
Awards & Recognition
  • University of Florida-IFAS Award, 2015
    High impact research publication recognition
  • Southern Region Extension Forestry, 2011
    Bronze Award for Computer Software Utility
  • USDAFS Certificate of Merit , 2006
    Washington Office- Policy Analysis Group
  • USDAFS Certificate of Merit , 2005
    Arapaho-Roosevelt NF, WUI fuel-mountain pine beetle mitigation planning
  • USDAFS Certificate of Merit, 2003
    San Bernardino NF, Community wildfire protection planning
Featured Publications
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