Andrew J. Sánchez Meador, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor

SanchezMeador Program Director of Biometrics and Forest Management, Ecological Restoration Institute 

Research Interests

Forest biometrics, ecological restoration, applied sampling, spatial and temporal analysis techniques, vegetation dynamics and demographic modeling, computer science and applications of remote sensing

Advanced mathematical and statistical tools have enriched the field of ecology and influenced countless early works in population and community ecology, landscape ecology, spatial statistics, and ecological and simulation modeling. Nevertheless, quantitative ecology, which mainly focuses on statistical and computational methods for addressing applied problems, has remained distinct from theoretical ecology and has resulted in research ranging from applications of deterministic and/or stochastic models to practical interpretations of large, complex data sets. Working with colleagues at Northern Arizona University's School of Forestry and Ecological Restoration Institute, my research focuses on four areas:

  1. Quantifying how natural and anthropogenic disturbances shape forested ecosystems, emphasizing changes in structure, composition, and function.
  2. Application of spatial statistics techniques and characterizing spatial patterns of individual trees, stands, and landscapes.
  3. Developing spatially-explicit, neighborhood-scale models of forest and woodland dynamics.
  4. Evaluating, augmenting, and application of the FVS Central Rockies Variant (FVS-CR) for landscape- and watershed-scale restoration projects.


B.S., Mississippi State University, 1999
M.S., Mississippi State University, 2002
Ph.D., Northern Arizona University, 2006

Contact Information

Office: Building 82 - Room 234
Phone: 928.523.3448

Selected Publications

Publications are listed at Google Scholar

Other Resources and Endeavors

Quantitative Ecology Lab