Wilson Lab

Department of Geography
Graduate Program in Evolution, Ecology and Behavior
University at Buffalo
Buffalo NY


Research in the lab focuses on the spatial patterns and processes of biodiversity and ecosystem function. We use remote sensing and field observations together with mechanistic and statistical modelling to understand how ecosystems change through space and time.


  1. Slingsby_TaylorPlots (2017) Jasper Slingsby, Cory Merow, Matthew Aiello-lammens, Nicky Allsopp, Stuart Hall, Hayley Kilroy Mollmann, Ross Turner, Adam Wilson, John Silander, Figshare 10.6084/m9.figshare.4737358
  2. Integrating occurrence data and expert maps for improved species range predictions (2017) Merow, C., Wilson, A.M., Jetz, W., Global Ecology and Biogeography 10.1111/geb.12539 (4 citations) Altmetric7.3; Media Links:
  3. Intensifying postfire weather and biological invasion drive species loss in a Mediterranean-type biodiversity hotspot (2017) Jasper A. Slingsby, Cory Merow, Matthew Aiello-Lammens, Nicky Allsopp, Stuart Hall, Hayley Kilroy Mollmann, Ross Turner, Adam M. Wilson, John A. Silander, Jr., Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 10.1073/pnas.1619014114 (4 citations) Altmetric57.2; Media Links: Zimbabwe Star, AllAfrica, Technology.org, Phys.org,
  4. An Introduction to R for Spatial Analysis and Mapping, by Chris Brunsdon and Lex Comber. 2015. London: Sage Publication Ltd. 343 + xii. ISBN: 9781446272954. $52.00. (2016) Jared Aldstadt, Adam M. Wilson, Journal of Regional Science 10.1111/jors.12271
  5. Model-based integration of observed and expert-based information for assessing the geographic and environmental distribution of freshwater species (2016) Domisch, S., Wilson, A.M., Jetz, W., Ecography 10.1111/ecog.01925 (7 citations) Altmetric7.3; Media Links:
  6. Remotely Sensed High-Resolution Global Cloud Dynamics for Predicting Ecosystem and Biodiversity Distributions (2016) Adam M. Wilson, Walter Jetz, Michel Loreau, PLoS Biol 10.1371/journal.pbio.1002415 (30 citations) Altmetric353.3; Media Links: World Economic Forum, Washington Post, Washington Post, Washington Post, Grist, Scientific America - Spain, LiveScience, Climate Central, Vox.com, Quartz, ICI.Radio-Canada.ca, Space Daily, R&D Mag, Headlines & Global News, Science Daily, EurekAlert!, Environmental Monitor, La Repubblica, Environmental Research Web, Futurity, New York Times, New York Times, El País, Chennai Online , Phys.org, New Kerala, Big News Network, Yahoo! News India, Technology.org, Space Daily, Laboratory Equipment , Newswise, Science Daily, Discovery News, Yale News, Phys.org, EurekAlert!, EurekAlert!,
  7. Green-up of deciduous forest communities of northeastern North America in response to climate variation and climate change (2015) Xie, Y., Ahmed, K.F., Allen, J.M., Wilson, A.M., Silander, J.A., Landscape Ecology 10.1007/s10980-014-0099-7 (9 citations)
  8. Using multi-timescale methods and satellite-derived land surface temperature for the interpolation of daily maximum air temperature in Oregon (2015) {}, International Journal of Climatology 10.1002/joc.4251 (8 citations) Altmetric0.3; Media Links:
  9. Climatic Influences on Survival of Migratory African Reed Warblers Acrocephalus baeticatus in South Africa (2015) Dorine Y.M. Jansen, Adam M. Wilson, Res Altwegg, Ardea 10.5253/arde.v103i2.a5 (2 citations) Altmetric5.3; Media Links:
  10. Wikipedia Content Volatility (2015) Wilson;, {} 10.6084/m9.figshare.1397533 Altmetric21.9; Media Links: Arstechnica,
  11. Climatic controls on ecosystem resilience: Postfire regeneration in the Cape Floristic Region of South Africa (2015) {}, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 10.1073/pnas.1416710112 (10 citations) Altmetric37.9; Media Links: Nature World News, Technology.org, Phys.org,
  12. Content Volatility of Scientific Topics in Wikipedia: A Cautionary Tale (2015) Adam M. Wilson, Gene E. Likens, Hussein Suleman, PLoS ONE 10.1371/journal.pone.0134454 (7 citations) Altmetric305.8; Media Links: El Confidencial, Spektrum, Washington Post, Yahoo! News, Science News, forskning.no, Arstechnica, De Wereld Morgen, New Statesman, Tech Times, R&D, Washington Post, Wired.co.uk, Gizmodo, Real Clear Science,
  13. Incorporating satellite derived cloud climatologies to improve high resolution interpolation of daily precipitation (2014) {}, {} 10.6084/m9.figshare.951959
  14. From imperfection to inference: issues of scale and uncertainty in global change biology (2014) {}, {} 10.6084/m9.figshare.947682
  15. Systematic land cover bias in Collection 5 MODIS cloud mask and derived products — A global overview (2014) Adam M. Wilson, Benoit Parmentier, Walter Jetz, Remote Sensing of Environment 10.1016/j.rse.2013.10.025 (30 citations)
  16. An Assessment of Methods and Remote-Sensing Derived Covariates for Regional Predictions of 1 km Daily Maximum Air Temperature (2014) Benoit Parmentier, Brian McGill, Adam Wilson, James Regetz, Walter Jetz, Robert Guralnick, Mao-Ning Tuanmu, Natalie Robinson, Mark Schildhauer, Remote Sensing 10.3390/rs6098639 (10 citations)
  17. Estimating uncertainty in daily weather interpolations: A Bayesian framework for developing climate surfaces (2014) Wilson, A.M., Silander, J.A., International Journal of Climatology 10.1002/joc.3859 (16 citations)
  18. Uncertainty, priors, autocorrelation and disparate data in downscaling of species distributions (2014) Petr Keil, Adam M. Wilson, Walter Jetz, Lluís Brotons, Diversity Distrib. 10.1111/ddi.12199 (11 citations) Altmetric4.6; Media Links:
  19. On using integral projection models to generate demographically driven predictions of species' distributions: development and validation using sparse data (2014) Cory Merow, Andrew M. Latimer, Adam M. Wilson, Sean M. McMahon, Anthony G. Rebelo, John A. Silander, Ecography 10.1111/ecog.00839 (50 citations) Altmetric6.1; Media Links:
  20. Modeling daily flowering probabilities: expected impact of climate change on Japanese cherry phenology (2014) Jenica M. Allen, Maria A. Terres, Toshio Katsuki, Kojiro Iwamoto, Hiromi Kobori, Hiroyoshi Higuchi, Richard B. Primack, Adam M. Wilson, Alan Gelfand, John A. Silander, Glob Change Biol 10.1111/gcb.12364 (11 citations) Altmetric14.9; Media Links:
  21. A new class of flexible link functions with application to species co-occurrence in Cape Floristic Region (2013) Jiang, X., Dey, D.K., Prunier, R., Wilson, A.M., Holsinger, K.E., Annals of Applied Statistics 10.1214/13-aoas663 (16 citations)
  22. Bias correction and downscaling of climate model outputs for climate change impact assessments in the U.S. Northeast (2013) {}, Global and Planetary Change 10.1016/j.gloplacha.2012.11.003
  23. Global 2009 1km MODIS (MOD35/MOD09) cloud frequency and MOD35 processing path, supplement to: Wilson, Adam M; Parmentier, Benoit; Walter, Jetz (2013): Systematic landcover bias in collection 5 MODIS cloud mask and derived products - a global overview. Remote Sensing of Environment, conditionally accept (2013) Adam M Wilson, Benoit Parmentier, Jetz Walter, PANGAEA - Data Publisher for Earth & Environmental Science 10.1594/pangaea.820938
  24. Downscaling of species distribution models: A hierarchical approach (2013) Keil, P., Belmaker, J., Wilson, A.M., Unitt, P., Jetz, W., Methods in Ecology and Evolution 10.1111/j.2041-210x.2012.00264.x (40 citations) Altmetric2.8; Media Links:
  25. Evaluation of satellite-derived burned area products for the fynbos, a Mediterranean shrubland (2012) De Klerk, H.M., Wilson, A.M., Steenkamp, K., International Journal of Wildland Fire 10.1071/wf11002 (12 citations)
  26. Scaling up: Linking field data and remote sensing with a hierarchical model (2011) Wilson, A.M., Silander, J.A., Gelfand, A., Glenn, J.H., International Journal of Geographical Information Science 10.1080/13658816.2010.522779 (16 citations)
  27. Point pattern modelling for degraded presence-only data over large regions (2011) Chakraborty, Avishek, Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series C-Applied Statistics 10.1111/j.1467-9876.2011.01023.x (59 citations)
  28. Developing Dynamic Mechanistic Species Distribution Models: Predicting Bird-Mediated Spread of Invasive Plants across Northeastern North America (2011) Merow, C, American Naturalist 10.1086/660295 (46 citations)
  29. MODELING LARGE SCALE SPECIES ABUNDANCE WITH LATENT SPATIAL PROCESSES (2010) Chakraborty, A, Annals of Applied Statistics 10.1214/10-aoas335
  30. A Hierarchical Bayesian model of wildfire in a Mediterranean biodiversity hotspot: Implications of weather variability and global circulation (2010) Wilson, AM, Ecological Modelling 10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2009.09.016 (51 citations) Altmetric1.0; Media Links:
  31. Identifying hotspots for plant invasions and forecasting focal points of further spread (2009) Ibanez, I, Journal of Applied Ecology 10.1111/j.1365-2664.2009.01736.x (57 citations)
  32. Spatial and interspecific variability in phenological responses to warming temperatures (2009) Primack, RB, Biological Conservation 10.1016/j.biocon.2009.06.003 (158 citations) Altmetric1.0; Media Links:
  33. Multivariate forecasts of potential distributions of invasive plant species (2009) Ibáñez, I., Silander Jr., J.A., Wilson, A.M., Lafleur, N., Tanaka, N., Tsuyama, I., Ecological Applications 10.1890/07-2095.1 (88 citations) Altmetric3.0; Media Links:
  34. Are there spurious precipitation trends in the United States Climate Division database? (2005) Keim, B.D., Fischer, M.R., Wilson, A.M., Geophysical Research Letters 10.1029/2004gl021985 (45 citations)
  35. Air pollution, weather, and respiratory emergency room visits in two northern New England cities: An ecological time-series study (2005) Wilson, A.M., Wake, C.P., Kelly, T., Salloway, J.C., Environmental Research 10.1016/j.envres.2004.07.010 (104 citations) Altmetric3.3; Media Links:
  36. Air pollution and the demand for hospital services: A review (2004) WILSON, AM, ENVIRONMENT INTERNATIONAL 10.1016/j.envint.2004.01.004 (74 citations) Altmetric3.0; Media Links:
  37. Are there spurious temperature trends in the United States Climate Division database? (2003) Barry D. Keim, Adam M. Wilson, Cameron P. Wake, Thomas G. Huntington, Geophys. Res. Lett. 10.1029/2002gl016295 (67 citations)


R Data Science (GEO 503)

'Big Data' in ecology and environmental science now allow us to address important questions (both old and new) with unprecedented rigor and generality. Leveraging these new data streams requires new tools and increasingly sophisticated workflows. The free and open-source R programming language has become a lingua franca for ecological, epidemiological, and statistical research. The course will use a combination of lecture and hands-on exercises to provide a gentle introduction to programming in R with a focus on spatial data processing.

Environmental Science (GEO104)

Environmental science is the interdisciplinary study of the physical, chemical, and biological systems that sustain life on our planet. In this course we will explore current environmental challenges such as the conservation of biodiversity, the sustainable production of energy, and the implications of human population growth. The processes of scientific inquiry and discovery will be emphasized through investigation of specific case studies and the critical evaluation of the underlying scientific evidence.

Environmental Modeling (GEO 479/559)

This is an intermediate level GIS course designed for senior undergraduate students and graduate students. Students are expected to have basic knowledge of GIS through either completing an introductory level GIS course or having entry level work experiences with GIS.

Lab Members

Adam M. Wilson

Assistant Professor

Global change biology, Biodiversity, remote sensing, hierarchical statistical modeling

Martin van Leeuwen

Postdoctoral Associate

Ecology, plant physiology, remote sensing

Yingying Xie

Postdoctoral Associate

Plant phenology mechanisms, spatio-temporal analysis, climate change

Chenyang Wei

Geography PhD Student

Ecology, remote sensing, geographic information science

Yating Chen

Geography MSc. Student

Climate change and geography

Gillian Schwert

Geography MSc. Student

GIS and remote sensing to address contemporary environmental problems

Former Lab Members

Larry Kaminski

Former Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior MSc. Student

Remote sensing and ecological modeling

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