Michael NelsonMichael Nelson



Curriculum Vitae

Primary Interests

My research interests are very broad, but primarily focus on spatial analysis and simulation modeling of forest pests, plant pathogens, and invasive plants. My teaching interests include making statistical analyses and computer programming accessible and intuitive for undergraduate and graduate students in environmental science disciplines.

Courses Taught

· Analysis of Environmental Data ECO 602

· Analysis of Environmental Data Lab – ECO 634

· Introduction to Quantitative Ecology – NRC 290B

· Spatial Data Analysis in R – ECO 697DR

· Introduction to Geographic Information Science – NRC 585


Ph.D. – University of Minnesota (2014)

Recent Publications

Abrams, Jesse, Heidi Huber-Stearns, Michelle Steen-Adams, Emily Jane Davis, Chris Bone, Michael F. Nelson, and Cassandra Moseley. 2020. “Adaptive Governance in a Complex Social-Ecological Context: Emergent Responses to a Native Forest Insect Outbreak.” Sustainability Science. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11625-020-00843-5.

Bone, and Michael Nelson. 2019. “Improving Mountain Pine Beetle Survival Predictions Using Multi-Year Temperatures Across the Western USA.” Forests 10 (October): 866. https://doi.org/10.3390/f10100866.

Nelson, Michael France, John T. Murphy, Christopher Bone, and Mark Altaweel. 2018. “Cyclic Epidemics, Population Crashes, and Irregular Eruptions in Simulated Populations of the Mountain Pine Beetle, Dendroctonus Ponderosae.” Ecological Complexity 36 (December): 218–29. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecocom.2018.08.006.

Abrams, Jesse, Heidi Huber-Stearns, Marlene Luviano Palmerin, Chris Bone, Michael F. Nelson, R. Patrick Bixler, and Cassandra Moseley. 2018. “Does Policy Respond to Environmental Change Events? An Analysis of Mountain Pine Beetle Outbreaks in the Western United States.” Environmental Science & Policy 90 (December): 102–9. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envsci.2018.09.019.

Nelson, Michael F., Mark Ciochina, and Christopher Bone. 2016. “Assessing Spatiotemporal Relationships between Wildfire and Mountain Pine Beetle Disturbances across Multiple Time Lags.” Ecosphere 7 (10): n/a-n/a. https://doi.org/10.1002/ecs2.1482.

Nelson, Michael F., and Neil O. Anderson. 2016. “Adaptive Responses to Water Stress in Phalaris Arundinacea, an Invasive Wetland Grass | Request PDF.” In Invasive Species: Ecology, Management Strategies & Conservation, 1–20. Environmental Research Advances. Nova Science Publishers, Inc. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/320233200_Adaptive_responses_to_water_stress_in_phalaris_arundinacea_an_invasive_wetland_grass.

Nelson, Michael F., and Christopher E. Bone. 2015. “Effectiveness of Dynamic Quarantines against Pathogen Spread in Models of the Horticultural Trade Network.” Ecological Complexity 24 (December): 14–28. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecocom.2015.07.002.

Nelson, MichaelF., and NeilO. Anderson. 2015. “Variation Among Genotypes and Source Habitats in Growth and Fecundity of the Wetland Invasive Plant Phalaris Arundinacea L.” Wetlands 35 (6): 1175–84. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13157-015-0704-9.

Nelson, Michael F., Neil O. Anderson, Michael D. Casler, and Andrew R. Jakubowski. 2014. “Population Genetic Structure of N. American and European Phalaris Arundinacea L. as Inferred from Inter-Simple Sequence Repeat Markers.” Biological Invasions 16 (2): 353–363.

Nelson, Michael F., and Neil O. Anderson. 2013. “How Many Marker Loci Are Necessary? Analysis of Dominant Marker Data Sets Using Two Popular Population Genetic Algorithms.” Ecology and Evolution 3 (10): 3455–70. https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.725.