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Paul Evangelista, PhD.


Research Scientist Natural Resource Ecology Lab

Contact Info

Phone: (970) 491-2302   Office: NESB B234

Email:   Lab:


Areas of Interest

 Ecosystem servicesInvasive speciesMountain ecology


Dr. Paul Evangelista is a research ecologist at the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory (NREL) and assistant professor in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability. He holds a MSc in Forest Ecology and PhD in Forest Ecosystem Management from Colorado State University. His research at the NREL has extended across a broad array of interests including invasive species, forestry, rare and endangered wildlife, ecosystem services, resource management, fire ecology, and climate change. His interests are frequently examined in the context of space and time through a suite of integrative spatial modeling techniques that combine field data, traditional and expert knowledge, geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing and spatial statistics. Such analytical approaches have been used for early detection of invasive species, discovery of new wildlife populations, mapping forests and landcover, and predicting species' distribution in response to changing climates. His work has spanned from the semi-arid canyon lands of Southern Utah, Central Rocky Mountain forests, to the tropical cloud forests of the Ethiopian highlands. Dr. Evangelista is also heavily engaged in non-traditional education and capacity building through experiential learning. He is the director and science advisor for the NASA DEVELOP at Colorado State University, a national program designed to provide students geospatial and remote sensing experience in applied research outside of classroom settings, and continues to foster a successful international exchange program for students, faculty and researchers from CSU and Ethiopian partners.