Natural Resource Spatial Informatics Group at University of Washington


Jeff Comnick

Jeff is a research scientist with the Natural Resource Spatial Informatics Group at University of Washington. Jeff has over 15 years of experience with large forest growth modeling simulation projects and forest biomass analyses. Jeff also works on statistical analysis of primary forest growth data. Recently, Jeff has conducted destructive tree sampling to develop better tree component biomass equations for Douglas fir and western hemlock in Washington State.


Andrew Cooke

Andrew Cooke is a research scientist for the Natural Resource Spatial Informatics Group at University of Washington. Andrew has expertise using remote sensing technologies like Lidar and satellite imagery to quantify and describe forest characteristics. Andrew has extensive experience developing custom spatial data analysis tools, transforming, extracting a loading large datasets, and working with enterprise spatial databases. In addition to Andrew’s analytical expertise, he designs and develops user interfaces and serves as the team’s cartographer.

Luke Rogers

Luke is a research scientist and forest engineer for the Precision Forestry Cooperative at University of Washington. Since 2001 Luke has worked to quantify the geography of Washington State’s forest land base. Most recently, Luke’s research team identified lands suitable for woody biomass crops in the Pacific Northwest and completed a residual forest biomass assessment for Washington, Oregon and California. Current research includes evaluating net recoverable energy on forestlands from logging residuals for the California Energy Commission.


Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies


Joanne Choly

Joanne is the administrative assistant for the Forest and Ecosystem Management System at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. She is a Master of Environmental Management student on leave from the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. She formerly managed labs and taught science as an adjunct at a New England university. Joanne’s interests include biodiversity conservation, the temperate mixed forest, tidal marshes, environmental education, and sustainable energy.


Chad Oliver

Chad is the Pinchot Professor of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and Director of Yale’s Global Institute of Sustainable Forestry at Yale University. His initial research focused on the basic understanding of how forests develop and how silviculture can be applied to ecological systems most effectively. During the past decade he has examined how this understanding can help resolve scientific, technical, and management issues at the landscape and policy levels. He has considerable experience advising public and private forest resource organization in the United States and abroad.


Orsolya Peter-Acs

Orsolya is a visiting researcher at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, with an MS from University of Budapest, Hungary. She has research experiences related to territorial development and renewable energy and worked for different Ministries in Hungary developing strategies and assessing and coordinating projects related to regional development, in association with the European Regional Development Fund and European Social Fund. She is interested in topics of environmental protection and climate change and associated socio-economic challenges.


Anna Schuerkmann

Anna is the Program Director for the Forest & Ecosystem Management System at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Before joining FEMS she worked on international research projects based in with the Global Water System Project, the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. Her work focusses on water related topics at the interface between science and policy and international relations.


Bradley Yam

Bradley is the Research Assistant for the Forest & Ecosystem Management System at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. He is currently an undergraduate exploring sustainability in urban design, technology and economic policy. He has experience working for a market-based water infrastructure social impact startup, prolonging the longevity of water infrastructure systems in developing countries, volunteering at urban farms with aquaponic, hydroponic and permaculture components. He writes a column in a Singaporean media outfit, and blogs about sustainability, technology and culture.


James Ndung’u

James is a Masters of Environmental Management candidate at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Prior to joining Yale, James worked with NGOs and community organizations in Kenya on rural development, environmental conservation, research. At Yale, his focus is on the linkages between energy and development, and the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals in developing countries. James is also a director at the Rays of Hope Initiative, a community-based organization in central Kenya that seeks to improve education access, create opportunities for young people and empower rural communities.


United Nations Development Program


Bahtiyar Kurt

Bahtiyar Kurt has studied Mathematics at Middle East Technical University (METU) with courses on freshwater, population and general ecology. He was a member of METU Birdwatching club and participated to numerous fieldworks related ornithology during his university years. He has worked for environmental NGOs for many years as project officer, conservation director and general director including BirdLife Turkey, WWF and Nature Conservation Centre. Later, he worked for many organizations including UN, IUCN and NGOs as a freelance consultant. Currently, Bahtiyar is working for UNDP as Natural Resources and Biodiversity Cluster Lead.