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Shannon Albeke

Shannon Albeke, Ph.D.

Senior Research Scientist | Ecoinformaticist | GIST | WyGISC

Room 323, Agriculture C

Laramie, WY
Phone: (307) 766-9993

Academic Background

  • PhD, University of Georgia, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources

  • BA, University of Colorado - Boulder, Environmental Studies, minors in Biology and Geography

Professional Summary

Dr. Shannon Albeke is a Senior Research Scientist and GIST Faculty member. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Sciences, with minors in Biology and Geography in 1997 from the University of Colorado – Boulder. After graduation, he began an 8-year career as an Aquatic Habitat Biologist for the Colorado Division of Wildlife and by necessity learned how to be a GeoSpatial Data Scientist. Dr. Albeke received his PhD from the University of Georgia – Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources in 2010 as well as becoming a member of WyGISC.

Dr. Albeke’s general research interests center around applied GIS, programming and statistics. Specific interests include: 1) Modeling of ecological processes across broad spatial extents and multiple scales. 2) Facilitation of Data Science workflows using cutting edge modeling, programming and data management techniques. 3) Promote and enable scientific outreach to others through open-data portals and visualization tools. 4) Use of UAS for estimation of vegetation community assembly and biomass.

Over the last ten years, Dr. Albeke has served as PI or Co-PI for more than $3.5M in external contracts and grants at the University of Wyoming. Major funding sponsors have included the National Science Foundation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Parks Service, NASA Space Grant, US Geologic Survey, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Montana Game and Fish, New Mexico Game and Fish, Utah Division of Natural Resources, Wyoming Game and Fish, Wyoming State Water Engineers, Western Native Trout Initiative, Grants for Assessing the Benefits of Satellites, along with several University of Wyoming grants. His 49+ publications include a wide range of refereed journal articles, conference proceedings papers, technical reports and book chapters.

Dr. Albeke’s teaching is aimed more toward graduate-level education and professional development for non-academic personnel. He prefers to use and promote open source software within classes, with a strong focus on applied GIS and Data Science. In addition to his UW courses, Dr. Albeke conducts several courses, both online and face-to-face, teaching data wrangling techniques with Program R to wildlife professionals in State and Federal Agencies.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Fisheries Society

  • U.S. Regional Association of the International Association for Landscape Ecology

  • WyGEO

Current Courses Taught

  • GIST 5050: Techniques in Data Management

  • GIST 5100: Foundations of GIST

Research Interests

  • Modeling of ecological processes across broad spatial extents and multiple scales

  • Facilitation of Data Science workflows using innovative modeling, programming and data management techniques

  • Promote and enable scientific outreach to others through open-data portals and visualization tools

  • Use of UAS for estimation of vegetation community assembly and biomass

Representative Recent / Ongoing Projects

  • Biogeography of microbial communities across the state of Wyoming (NSF EPSCoR Grant No. EPS-1655726)

  • Modeling land-use change to inform scenarios aimed at achieving negative CO2 emissions within the Upper Missouri River Basin (NSF EPSCoR Grant No. OIA-1632810)

  • Inland Cutthroat Trout Protocol (ICP), 3-species, and Rio Grande Chub/Sucker integrated database design and user interface development

  • Estimation of columnar cactus above ground biomass through remote sensing and structure from motion (SfM) techniques

  • Development of a Lab Inventory Management System (LIMS) for UWyo Core Research Labs

  • Development of R packages for using UWyo’s Open Data portal, rKIN, and Linear Feature Tools

Representative Publications

  • Taylor, K., K. Smith, J. Beck, S.E. Albeke Pronghorn Winter Resource Selection Before and After Wind Energy Development in South-Central Wyoming. 2020. Rangeland Ecology & Management 73(2): 227-233. DOI: 10.1016/j.rama.2019.12.004.

  • Eckrich, C.A., S.E. Albeke, E.A. Flaherty, R.T. Bowyer, and M. Ben-David. 2020. rKIN: Kernel-based method for estimating isotopic niche size and overlap. Journal of Animal Ecology 89(3): 757-771. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.13159.

  • Beverly, D.P., C.R. Guadagno, M. Bretfeld, H.N. Speckman, S.E. Albeke, and B.E. Ewers. 2019. Hydraulic and photosynthetic responses of big sagebrush to the 2017 total solar eclipse. Scientific Reports 9(1): 8839. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-019-45400-y.

  • Hoffman, A.S., S.E. Albeke, J.A. McMurray, R.D. Evans, and D.G. Williams. 2019. Nitrogen deposition sources and patterns in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem determined from ion exchange resin collectors, lichens, and isotopes. Science of the Total Environment 683:709-718. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.05.323.

  • Lamont, B.G, K.L. Monteith, J.A. Merkle, T.W. Mong, D.B. Tinker, S.E. Albeke, M.M. Hayes, and M.J. Kauffman. 2019. Multi-Scale Habitat Selection of Elk in Response to Beetle-Killed Forest. Journal of Wildlife Management 83:679-693. DOI: doi:10.1002/jwmg.21631.

  • Parker, K.D, S.E. Albeke, J.P. Gigley, A.M. Goldstein, N.L. Ward. 2018. Microbiome composition in both wild-type and disease model mice is heavily influenced by mouse facility. Frontiers in Microbiology 9. DOI: 10.3389/fmicb.2018.01598.

  • Carlisle, J.D, D.A. Keinath, S.E. Albeke, and A.D. Chalfoun. 2018. Identifying holes in the greater sage-grouse conservation umbrella. The Journal of Wildlife Management 82:948–957. DOI: 10.1002/jwmg.21460.

  • Wyckoff, T.B, M.J. Kauffman, S.E. Albeke, H. Sawyer, and S.L. Garmane. 2018. Evaluating the Influence of Energy and Residential Development on the Migratory Behavior of Mule Deer. Ecosphere 9:e02113. DOI: 10.1002/ecs2.2113.

  • Stoy, P.C, S. Ahmed, M. Jarchow, B. Rashford, D. Swanson, S. Albeke, G. Bromley, E.N.J. Brookshire, M.D. Dixon, J. Haggerty, P. Miller, B. Peyton, A. Royem, L. Spangler, C. Straub, and B. Poulter. 2018. Opportunities and Trade-offs among BECCS and the Food, Water, Energy, Biodiversity, and Social Systems Nexus at Regional Scales. Bioscience 68:100-111. DOI: 10.1093/biosci/bix145.

  • Crow, T.M, S.E. Albeke, C.A. Buerkle, and K.M. Hufford. 2018. Provisional methods to guide species-specific seed transfer in ecological restoration. Ecosphere 9(1):e02059. DOI: 10.1002/ecs2.2059

Personal/Other Websites

Albeke EcoInfo Lab

ORCID ID: 0000-0001-7297-8049

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