Diane Styers

Department of Geosciences and Natural Resources
Assistant Professor, NRCM and Geography


Phone: 828-227-3819
Email: dmstyers@wcu.edu
Office Address: Stillwell 320


Areas of Interest:

"My interests include landscape ecology, remote sensing, forest ecology, landscape change dynamics, environmental justice, and socio-ecological approaches to environmental sustainability."

Courses:

  • NRM 140 - Natural Resource Conservation and Management
  • NRM 472 - Geospatial Analysis
  • GEOG 150 - Environmental Geography
  • GEOG 300 - Weather and Climate
  • GEOG 324 - Intro to Remote Sensing
  • GEOG 424 - Advanced Remote Sensing

Education:

  • Ph.D., Forest Ecology, Auburn University, 2008
  • M.A., Geography, Georgia State University, 2005
  • B.S., Human Development & Family Studies, University of North Carolina-Greensboro, 1997

Recent Publications:

Moskal, L.M., D.M. Styers, M. Halabisky. 2011. Monitoring Urban Tree Cover Using Object-Based Image Analysis and Public Domain Remotely Sensed Data. Remote Sensing 3(10), 2243-2262.

Styers, D.M., A.H. Chappelka, and G.L. Somers. 2011. Determination of Alterations in Forest Condition Using Various Measures of Land Use Change along an Urban-Rural Gradient in the West Georgia Piedmont, USA. ISRN Ecology, Vol. 2011, Article ID 461310, doi:10.5402/2011/461310.

Styers, D.M., A.H. Chappelka, L.J. Marzen, and G.L. Somers. 2010. Developing a land-cover classification to select indicators of forest ecosystem health in a rapidly urbanizing landscape. Landscape and Urban Planning 94 (3-4), 158-165.

Styers, D.M., A.H. Chappelka, L.J. Marzen, and G.L. Somers. 2010. Scale matters: Indicators of ecological health along the urban–rural interface near Columbus, Georgia. Ecological Indicators 10 (2), 224-233.

Styers, D.M. and A.H. Chappelka. 2009. Urbanization and Atmospheric Deposition: Use of Bioindicators in Determining Patterns of Land-Use Change in West Georgia. Water, Air, and Soil Pollution 200 (1-4), 371-386.

Diem, J.E. and D.M. Styers. 2008. Ozone exposure and potential for foliar injury within the Atlanta, Georgia USA metropolitan area. Southeastern Geographer 48 (2), 172-183.

Zhang, C., H. Tian, A.H. Chappelka, W. Ren, H. Chen, S. Pan, M. Liu, D.M. Styers, G. Chen, and Y. Wang. 2007. Impacts of climatic and atmospheric changes on carbon dynamics in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Environmental Pollution 149 (3), 336-347.

Recent Presentations:

Monitoring Urban Forest Canopies Using Object-Based Image Analysis and Public Domain Remotely Sensed Data. Presented at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, April 12-16, 2011, Seattle, Washington.

Scale Matters: Ecological Health along the Urban-Rural Interface near Columbus, Georgia.  Presented at the Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Laboratory, March 6, 2008, Seattle, Washington.

A Landscape-Scale Ecological Assessment of the West Georgia Piedmont, USA.  Presented at the 92nd Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, August 5-10, 2007, San Jose, California.

Use of Lichens as Bioindicators of Urbanization and Atmospheric Deposition in the West Georgia Piedmont, USA.  Presented at the Emerging Issues along Urban/Rural Interfaces II Conference, April 9-12, 2007, Atlanta, Georgia.

Developing a Land Cover Classification to Select Indicators of Forest Health in a Rapidly Urbanizing Landscape in West Georgia Piedmont, USA.  Presented at the 3rd Annual GIS Symposium, November 1, 2006, Auburn, Alabama.

Urbanization and Atmospheric Deposition: Use of Bioindicators in Determining Patterns of Land Use Change.  Presented at the 22nd Biannual Meeting of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations Group 7.01, September 10-15, 2006, Riverside, California.

Urbanization Effects on Forest Condition in the Georgia Piedmont.  Presented at the 91st Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, August 6-11, 2006, Memphis, Tennessee.

 

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