Janet Franklin


Janet FranklinEndowed Campanile Foundation Professor of Geography, Center for Open Geospatial Sciences
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Janet Franklin’s research expertise is in Landscape Ecology, Global Change Biology, Conservation Biogeography, and Geospatial Science. Franklin’s scholarship seeks to understand the patterns and dynamics of terrestrial plant communities at the landscape scale. Her work addresses the impacts of human-caused landscape change on the environment and biological diversity. Human land use -- agriculture and urbanization -- and other global human impacts such as climate change, and the introduction of exotic species, interact with natural disturbance regimes such as fire, flooding and hurricanes, to shape plant community dynamics in forests, shrublands, and other ecosystems. How resilient are ecological communities to these past, present and future impacts? How can ecosystems be stewarded sustainably in a rapidly changing world? Collaborating scholars and practitioners who are diverse in their lived experiences and perspectives are required to successfully address these existential challenges.

  • Ph.D., Geography, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1988
  • M.A., Geography, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1983
  • B.A., Environmental Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1979
  • GEOG: 370: Conservation Science and Policy
  • GEOG 710: Seminar in Physical Geography
  • Vulnerability of plant species diversity to global change in California
  • Advancing ecological and cultural resilience in California tribal communities
  • Do biophysical process mediate ecosystem response during climate change-driven drought?
  • Species distribution modeling
  • Tropical forest diversity and conservation
  • Conservation biogeography over deep ecological time
  • Island biogeography on long time scale
  • Paleoscape modeling for the middle and late Pleistocene on the south coast of South Africa