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Jeffrey T. Morisette

Jeffrey T. Morisette
Program Director
Human Dimensions
240 West Prospect Road
Fort Collins, CO 80526-2098
United States
Current Research
As the manager of the Rocky Mountain Research Station Human Dimensions program I work to understand the complexities, nuances, and value of the research being done in our program; working to facilitate and promote that research to the furthest extent possible.  I pay particularly close attention to developing relationships and connections within the Forest Service and the broader stakeholder community so that, collectively, we can ensure that the program's research helps inform critical land management practices.
Past Research

While working with the USGS, I helped develop the "Resource for Advanced Modeling" (which is a collaborative workspace used to support stakeholder engagement and co-production of knowledge) and the "Software for Assisted Habitat Modeling" (which uses a scientific workflow paradigm to facilitate and expedite habitat suitability modeling). I also played a leadership role in establishing the initial Science Plan for the Department of the Interior's North Central Climate Science Center. The plan established three foundational science areas: climate, ecology, and human dimensions.

While at NASA, I worked on the validation of satellite-based global vegetation product and using such products to produce regional habitat suitability maps.  I also worked on the validation and refinement of satellite-based fire detection and burnt area mapping. 

Finally, I have maintained an interest in multi-scale phenological measurements; observing and analyzing phenological data to better understand trends and drivers of plant and animal patterns throughout the year which, in turn, can support agricultural and natural resource management and decision-making.


Research Interest
My research interests include:
  • mechanisms for the co-production of knowledge and translational ecology
  • increasing the benefits of federal monitoring nextworks and national assessments
  • using the best available science to inform climate-smart conservation and land management.
Why This Research Is Important

I believe the most impactful aspect of my work is to make sure the scientists in the Human Dimensions program have the resources and support they need to do what they do best.  As described in their individual profiles, they are all doing important and impactful work.  They also have developed key relationships with the managers and communities they serve. The most important part of my job is to promote and leverage that work as much as possible to achieve Forest Service, USDA, and national goals.

  • North Carolina State University, Phd, Forestry, 1997
  • Oakland University, M.S., Applied Statistics, 1992
  • Siena Heights University, B.A., Liberal Arts, 1990
Professional Experience
  • Chief Scientist, National Invasive Species Council (NISC) Secretariat,  DOI Office of the Secretary,  2017 - 2020
  • Director,  Department of Interior’s (DOI) North Central Climate Science Center (NC CSC),  2012 - 2017
  • Head, Invasive Species Science Branch Center ,  USGS Fort Collins Science Center,  2008 - 2012
  • Physical Scientist,  NASA Goddard Space Flight Center,  1998 - 2008
Professional Organizations
  • Member,  Western Governors Association Invasive Species Advisory Group,  2017 - Current
  • Member,  U.S. Department of Interior’s Science Advisory Committee,  2017 - 2018
  • Chair,  USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center Land Processes Distributed Active Archive,  2015 - 2018
  • Member of planning committee,  Rising Voices: Rising Voices: Collaborative Science with Indigenous Knowledge for Climate Solutions,  2014 - 2015
  • Member,  Implementation team of the USA-National Phenology Network,  2005 - 2008
  • Member,  North American Carbon Program Science Steering Group,  2005 - 2008
  • Chair and co-founder,  Committee on Earth Observing Satellites, Land Product Validation subgroup,  2000 - 2006
Awards & Recognition
  • Honorable mention: First Climate Adaptation Leadership Award for Natural Resources, 2016
    For work with Colorado’s State Wildlife Action Plan.
  • Federal Laboratory Consortium Interagency Partnership Award, 2016
    Member of team award to the NASA Soil Moisture Active Passive mission early adopters.
  • DOI Partners in Conservation Award, 2011
    Member for team award for establishing and using the USGS Resource for Advanced Modeling.
  • NOAA’s National David Johnson Award for Innovative Use of Earth Observing data, 2006
  • NASA Goddard Space Flight Center's New Business Capture Award, 2006
Featured Publications
Other Publications
Citations of Non-Forest Service Publications
  • For a complete list of co-authored publications by Jeff Morisette, prior to him joining the Forest Service, please see his Google Scholar profile.