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Terry Sohl - Terry Sohl is a Research Physical Scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey. At the EROS Center since 1993, his research has included the mapping, analysis, and modeling of land use and land cover. Past projects include work on the National Land Cover Database (NLCD) and the USGS Land Cover Trends projects. Currently, he leads land-cover modeling activities at EROS, with research focused on developing comprehensive modeling frameworks that represent all aspects of landscape change, including landscape response to a changing climate. USGS Professional Page - Terry Sohl

Kristi Sayler is a Physical Scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey. She has worked on numerous projects involving mapping land-cover and land-use change using remotely sensed data. She was one of the original team members on the Land Cover Trends project, helping both with project design and land-cover mapping activities. In 2010, this project completed one of the first ever assessments of 1973-2000 land-cover change for the conterminous U.S. Recently, she has helped with the development of a scenario-based land-cover projection model called Forecasting Scenarios of Land-use Change (FORE-SCE). The model has been successfully used for applications examining the impacts of projected land-cover change on carbon dynamics, climate, and regional hydrology.

Ryan Reker is a contract Geographer at the EROS Center, and most recently conducted scenario-based land-cover forecasting for the USGS LandCarbon project. Ryan's research interests focus on investigating drivers and consequences of land-cover change and forecasting future and historical land-cover to help address natural resource issues. Research topics of particular interest include the influence of climate change, biofuels, and natural vegetation succession on future land-cover, as well as assessing impacts of LULC change on wildlife populations. Prior to his work at EROS, Ryan led bird habitat planning and monitoring and evaluation efforts for the Rainwater Basin Joint Venture in Nebraska. Ryan earned his M.A. in Geography from Kansas State University in 2004, studying spatial shifts and changes in Conservation Reserve Program lands using remote sensing.

Jordan Dornbierer is a contract Scientist at the EROS Center and joined the LULC modeling team in September 2014. His interests include the investigation of driver/change relationships and analysis of modeling methods. Before EROS Jordan worked as a GIS specialist for the environmental group of an engineering and consulting firm in Lincoln, NE.

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