Wimberly, Michael

Professor
Office Phone Number: 
605-688-5350
Email: 
Michael.Wimberly@sdstate.edu
Education: 

B.A., Environmental Science, University of Virginia
M.S., Quantitative Resource Management, University of Washington
Ph.D., Forest Ecology, Oregon State University

Research Interests: 
Landscape Ecology, Spatial Epidemiology, Disturbance Ecology, Ecological Modeling

Dr. Mike Wimberly Dr. Mike Wimberly is a Senior Scientist in the Geospatial Sciences Center of Excellence and a professor of Natural Resource Management at South Dakota State University. His research program explores the patterns and drivers of land use and land cover dynamics, the ecological impacts of changing climates and landscapes, and the implications of these changes for human health. Specific topics include the environmental determinants of mosquito-borne diseases, interactions between human populations and wildfires in the western United States, the effects of land use change, logging, and fire on tropical forests in West Africa, and the ecological impacts of agricultural extensification in the Great Plains. Dr. Wimberly also uses his research findings to develop decision-support applications for public health and natural resource management. Examples include the EPIDEMIA early warning system for predicting malaria epidemics in the Ethiopian highlands, the SDMIS project on forecasting and risk mapping of West Nile virus outbreaks in South Dakota, and the CHANGE simulation model for exploring the interactions between land use change, forest management practices, and wildfires.

PROJECT WEBSITES

Epidemic Prognosis Incorporating Disease and Environmental Monitoring for Integrated Assessment (EPIDEMIA)

Mosquito Information Systems - West Nile Virus Forecasting

Mosquito Meets MODIS - NASA Video on West Nile Virus Forecasting


RESEARCH FUNDING (PAST 5 YEARS)

8/1/2016-7/31/2019
NASA SERVIR Applied Sciences Team (NNX16AN22G)
Monitoring and Projecting Environmental Change in Fragmented Tropical Forest Landscapes
PI: M. C. Wimberly; Co-I: M. A. Cochrane

8/15/2008-11/30/2018
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (R01AI079411)
An Integrated System for the Epidemiological Application of Earth Observation Technologies
PI: M. C. Wimberly; Co-Is: G. M. Henebry, Y. Liu; Collaborator: G. Senay

2/18/2015-2/17/2018
NASA Applied Sciences, Health and Air Quality Program (NNX15AF74G)
An Early Warning System for Human West Nile Virus Disease
PI: M. C. Wimberly; Co-I: M. B. Hildreth

6/1/2014-7/31/2017
National Science Foundation (1340583)
Climatic and Anthropogenic Forcing of Wetland Landscape Connectivity in the Great Plains
PI: C. K. Wright; Co-Is: G. M. Henebry, C. A. Johnston, M. C. Wimberly

2/1/2014-1/31/2017
USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (2014-67003-21772)
Adaptation of Agroecosystems to Climate Change at the Edge of the U.S. Cornbelt―Assessing Different Drivers in a Network of Infrastructure
PI: D. A. Hennessy; Co-Is: A. Akyüz, X. Du, H. Feng, L. Janssen, M. C. Wimberly, and P. T. Wolter

7/1/2014-6/30/2016
NASA Advancing Collaborative Connections for Earth System Science Program (NNX14AI37A)
Expanding Earth Science Data Access for Public Health Research and Applications
PI: M. C. Wimberly; Co-I: Y. Liu

4/9/2014-5/31/2016
USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station (14-CA-11330136-015)
Forest Vulnerability to Fire and Degradation in West Africa
PI: M. C. Wimberly

7/1/2012-3/31/2015
United States Geological Survey (G12AC20295)
Integrated Regional Modeling of Land Use Change and Natural Vegetation Dynamics
PI: M. C. Wimberly; Collaborator: T. L. Sohl

8/17/2011-12/31/2014
USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station (11-CA-11330136-098)
Historical Forest Land Cover Change in West Africa
PI: M. C. Wimberly

1/1/2011-12/31/2013
NASA Interdisciplinary Research in Earth Science Program (NNX11AB89G)
Shifting Fire Regimes of the U.S., Australia, and Brazilian Amazonia: The Roles of Climate Change, Land Use, and Mitigation Efforts
PI: M. A. Cochrane; Co-Is: E. Arima, D. Bowman, W. M. Jolly, J. Liu, T. R. Loveland, D. P. Roy, K. C. Ryan, and M. C. Wimberly

4/1/2011-9/30/2013
NASA Applied Sciences, Health and Air Quality Program (NNX11AF67G)
Enhanced Forecasting of Mosquito-Borne Disease Outbreaks Using AMSR-E
PI: M. C. Wimberly; Co-Is: T. Chuang, G. M. Henebry

3/1/2008-8/31/2012
USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (2008-35215-18814)
Influences of Physical and Social Landscapes on the Health of Rural Communities
PI: M. C. Wimberly; Co-I: B. L. Specker


SELECTED PUBLICATIONS BY TOPIC

Disease Ecology and Spatial Epidemiology

Davis J. K., Vincent G., Hildreth M. B., Kightlinger L., Carlson C., and M. C. Wimberly. 2017. Integrating Environmental Monitoring and Mosquito Surveillance to Predict Vector-borne Disease: Prospective Forecasts of a West Nile Virus Outbreak. PLOS Currents Outbreaks. 2017 May 23. Edition 1. doi: 10.1371/currents.outbreaks.90e80717c4e67e1a830f17feeaaf85de.

Lin, Y., and M. C. Wimberly. In Press. Geographic variations of colorectal and breast cancer late-stage diagnosis and the effects of neighborhood-level factors. Journal of Rural Health. Journal of Rural Health 33: 146-157 .

Merkord, C. L., Y. Liu, A. Mihretie, T. Gebrehiwot, W. Awoke, E. Bayabil, G. M. Henebry, G. T. Kassa, M. Lake, and M. C. Wimberly. 2017. Integrating malaria surveillance with climate data for outbreak detection and forecasting: the EPIDEMIA system. Malaria Journal 16:89.

Liu, Y., J. Hu, I. Snell-Feikema, M. S. VanBemmel, A. Lamsal, M. C. Wimberly. 2015. Software to Facilitate Remote Sensing Data Access for Disease Early Warning Systems. Environmental Modeling and Software. Environmental Modelling and Software 74: 238-246.

Midekisa A., B. Beyene, A. Mihretie, E. Bayabil, M. C. Wimberly. 2015. Seasonal associations of climatic drivers and malaria in the highlands of Ethiopia. Parasites & Vectors 8: 339.

Midekisa, A. G. B. Senay, and M. C. Wimberly. 2014. Multi-sensor earth observations to characterize wetlands and malaria epidemiology in Ethiopia. Water Resources Research 50: 8791-8806.

Wimberly, M. C., A. Lamsal, P. Giacomo, and T. Chuang. 2014. Regional variation of climatic influences on West Nile virus outbreaks in the United States. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 91: 677-684.

Wimberly, M. C., P. Giacomo, L. Kightlinger, and M. B. Hildreth. 2013. Spatio-temporal epidemiology of human West Nile virus disease in South Dakota. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 10: 5584-5602.

Chuang, T., C. W. Hockett, L. Kightlinger, and M. C. Wimberly. 2012. Landscape-level spatial patterns of West Nile virus risk in the northern Great Plains. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 86: 724-731.

Chuang, T., G. M Henebry, J. S. Kimball, D.L. VanRoekel-Patton, M. B. Hildreth, and M. C. Wimberly. 2012. Satellite microwave remote sensing for environment modeling of mosquito population dynamics. Remote Sensing of Environment 125: 147-156.

Chuang T., and M. C. Wimberly. 2012. Remote Sensing of Climatic Anomalies and West Nile Virus Incidence in the Northern Great Plains of the United States. PLOS One 7:e46882.

Michimi, A., and M. C. Wimberly. 2012. Natural environments, obesity, and physical activity in nonmetropolitan areas of the United States. Journal of Rural Health 28: 398-407.

Midekisa, A., G. Senay, G. M. Henebry, P. Semuniguse, and M. C. Wimberly. 2012. Remote sensing-based time series models for malaria early warning in the highlands of Ethiopia. Malaria Journal 11: 165.

Wimberly, M. C., A. Midekisa, P. Semuniguse, H. Teka, G. M. Henebry, T. Chuang, and G. B. Senay. 2012. Spatial synchrony of malaria outbreaks in a highland region of Ethiopia. Tropical Medicine & International Health 17: 1192-1201.

Chuang, T. M. B. Hildreth, M. B., D. L. VanRoekel, and M. C. Wimberly. 2011. Weather and land cover influences on mosquito populations in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Journal of Medical Entomology 48: 669-679.

Michimi, A., and M. C. Wimberly. 2010. Associations of supermarket accessibility with obesity and fruit and vegetable consumption in the conterminous United States. International Journal of Health Geographics 9:49.

Michimi, A., and M. C. Wimberly. 2010. Spatial patterns of obesity and associated risk factors in the conterminous U.S. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 39: e1-12.

Wey, C. L., J. Griesse, L. Kightlinger, and M. C. Wimberly. 2009. Geographic variability in geocoding success for West Nile virus cases in South Dakota, USA. Health & Place 15: 1108-1114.

Wimberly, M. C., M. B. Hildreth, S. P. Boyte, E. Lindquist, and L. Kightlinger. 2008. Ecological niche of the 2003 West Nile virus epidemic in the northern Great Plains of the United States. PLOS One 3: e3744.

Wimberly, M. C., A. B. Baer, and M. J. Yabsley. 2008. Enhanced spatial models for predicting the geographic distributions of tick-borne pathogens. International Journal of Health Geographics 7:15.

Wimberly, M. C., M. J. Yabsley, A. B. Baer, V. G. Dugan, and W. R. Davidson. 2008. Spatial heterogeneity of climate and land cover constraints on distributions of tick-borne pathogens. Global Ecology and Biogeography 17: 189-202.

Manangan, J. S., S. H. Schweitzer, N. Nibbelink, M. J. Yabsley, S. E. J. Gibbs, and M. C. Wimberly. 2007. Habitat factors influencing distributions of Anaplasma phagocytophilum and Ehrlichia chaffeensis in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley. Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases 7: 563-574.

Gibbs, S. E. J., M. C. Wimberly, M. Madden, J. Masour, M. J. Yabsley, and D. E. Stallknecht. 2006. Factors affecting the geographic distribution of West Nile virus in Georgia, USA. 2002-2004. Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases 6: 73-82.

Yabsley, M. J., M. C. Wimberly, D. E. Stallknecht, S. E. Little, and W. R. Davidson. 2005. Spatial analysis of the distribution of Ehrlichia chaffeensis, causative agent of human monocytotropic ehrlichiosis, across a multi-state region. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 72: 840-850.

Landscape Disturbances and Environmental Change

Liu, Z., M. C. Wimberly, F. K Dwomoh. 2017. Vegetation dynamics in the Upper Guinean Forest region of West Africa from 2001 to 2015. Remote Sensing. 9(1): 5. 

Wang, T. M. Luri, L. Janssen, D. A. Hennessy, H. Feng, M. C. Wimberly, and G. Arora. 2017. Determinants of motives for land use decisions at the margins of the Corn Belt. Ecological Economics: 134: 227-237.

Wimberly, M. C., L. L. Janssen, D. A. Hennessy, M. Luri, N. M. Chowdhury, and H. Feng. 2017. Cropland expansion and grassland loss in the eastern Dakotas: New insights from a farm-level survey. Land Use Policy 63: 160-173.

Liu, Z., M. C. Wimberly. 2016. Direct and indirect effects of climate change on projected future fire regimes in the western United States. Science of the Total Environment 542: 65-75.

Liu, Z., M. C. Wimberly. 2015. Climatic and landscape influences on fire regimes from 1984 to 2010 in the western United States. PLOS One 10(10): e0140839.

Wimberly, M. C., and Z. Liu. 2014. Interactions of climate, fire, and management in future forests of the Pacific Northwest. Forest Ecology and Management 327: 270-279.

Zhang, Y. G. Yu, J. Yang, M. C. Wimberly, X. Zhang, J. Tao, Y. Jiang, and J. Zhu. 2014. Climate-driven global changes in carbon use efficiency. Global Ecology and Biogeography 23: 144-155.

Broich, M., M. C. Hansen, P. V. Potapov, and M. C. Wimberly 2013. Patterns of tree cover loss along the Indonesia-Malaysia border on Borneo. International Journal of Remote Sensing. 34: 5748-5760.

Wright, C. K., and M. C. Wimberly. 2013. Recent land use change in the western Corn Belt threatens grasslands and wetlands. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 110: 4134-4139.

Cochrane, M. A., C. J. Moran, M. C. Wimberly, A. D. Baer, M. A. Finney, K. L. Beckendorf, J. Eidenshink, and Z. Zhu. 2012. Estimation of wildfire size and risk changes due to fuels treatment. International Journal of Wildland Fire 21: 357-367.

Narayanaraj, G., and M. C. Wimberly. 2012. Influences of forest roads on the spatial patterns of human-and lightning-caused wildfire ignitions. Applied Geography 32: 878-888.

Tulbure, M. G., M. C. Wimberly and V. N. Owens. 2012. Response of switchgrass yield to future climate change. Environmental Research Letters 7: 045903.

Narayanaraj, G., and M. C. Wimberly. 2011. Influences of forest roads on the spatial pattern of wildfire boundaries. International Journal of Wildland Fire 20: 792-803.

Tulbure, M., M. C. Wimberly, D. P. Roy, and G. M Henebry. 2011. Spatial and temporal heterogeneity of agricultural fires in the central United States in relation to land cover and land use. Landscape Ecology 26: 211-224.

Wimberly, M. C., M. A. Cochrane, A. D. Baer, and K. Pabst. 2009. Assessing fuel treatment effectiveness using satellite imagery and spatial statistics. Ecological Applications 19: 1377-1384.

Wimberly, M. C., and M. J. Reilly. 2007. Assessment of fire severity and species diversity in the southern Appalachians using Landsat TM and ETM+ imagery. Remote Sensing of Environment: 189-197.

Reilly, M. J., M. C. Wimberly, and C. L. Newell. 2006. Wildfire effects on beta diversity and species turnover in a forested landscape. Journal of Vegetation Science 17: 447-454.

Reilly, M. J., M. C. Wimberly, and C. L. Newell. 2006. Wildfire effects on plant species richness at multiple spatial scales in forest communities of the southern Appalachians. Journal of Ecology 94: 118-130.

Wimberly, M. C., and J. L. Ohmann. 2004. A multi-scale assessment of human and environmental constraints on forest land cover change on the Oregon (USA) Coast Range. Landscape Ecology 19: 631-646.

Wimberly, M. C., and T. A. Spies. 2001. Influences of environment and disturbance on forest patterns in coastal Oregon watersheds. Ecology 82: 1443-1459.

Landscape Simulation Modeling

Sohl, T. L., M. C. Wimberly, V. C. Radeloff, D. M. Theobald, B. M. Sleeter. 2016. Divergent projections of future land use in the United States arising from different models and scenarios. Ecological Modelling 337: 281–297

Liu, Z., M. C. Wimberly, A. Lamsal, T. L. Sohl, T. J. Hawbaker. 2015. Climate change and wildfire risk in an expanding wildland-urban interface: a case study from the Colorado Front Range Corridor. Landscape Ecology 30: 1943-1957.

Wimberly, M. C. T. L. Sohl, Z. Liu, and A. Lamsal. 2015. Simulating forest landscapes as coupled human and natural systems. Pages 233-261 In: A. Perera, B. Sturtevant, and L. Buse, editors. Modeling Forest Landscape Disturbances. Springer, New York.

Wimberly, M. C., S. P. Boyte, and E. J. Gustafson. 2012. Understanding landscapes through spatial modeling. Pages 111-128 In: J. A. Stanturf, P. Madsen, and D. Lamb (Editors), Forest Landscape Restoration: Integrating Natural and Social Sciences. Springer, New York.

Kennedy, R. S. H., and M. C. Wimberly. 2009. Historical fire and vegetation dynamics in dry forests of the interior Pacific Northwest, USA and relationships to Northern Spotted Owl (Strix occidentalis caurina) habitat conservation. Forest Ecology and Management 258: 554-566.

Wimberly, M. C., and R. S. H. Kennedy. 2008. Spatially explicit modeling of mixed-severity fire regimes and landscape dynamics in the interior Pacific Northwest. Forest Ecology and Management 254: 511-523.

Nonaka, E., T. A. Spies, M. C. Wimberly, and J. L. Ohmann. 2007. Historical range of variability (HRV) in live and dead wood biomass: a regional-scale simulation study. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 37: 2349-2364.

Wimberly, M. C. 2006. Species dynamics in disturbed landscapes: when does a shifting habitat mosaic enhance connectivity? Landscape Ecology 21: 35-46.

Wimberly, M. C. 2004. Fire and forest landscapes in the Georgia Piedmont: An assessment of spatial modeling assumptions. Ecological Modelling 180: 41-56.

Wimberly, M. C. 2002. Spatial simulation of historical landscape patterns in coastal forests of the Pacific Northwest. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 32: 1316-1328.

Wimberly, M. C., T. A. Spies, C. J. Long, and C. Whitlock. 2000. Simulating historical variability in the amount of old forests in the Oregon Coast Range. Conservation Biology 14: 167-180.


UNIVERSITY COURSES TAUGHT

South Dakota State University

GSE 743 – Geospatial Analysis (3 semester credits, lecture/lab)
2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015

GSE 792 – Special Topics: Geospatial Analysis (3 semester credits, lecture/lab)
2006

GSE 792 – Special Topics: GIS Application in Ecology (3 semester credits, lecture/lab)
2009, 2011

NRM 706 – Landscape Ecology (3 semester credits, lecture/lab
2014, 2016

University of Georgia

FORS 3910 – Spatial Information in Forest Resources (3 semester credits, lecture/lab)
2002, 2003, 2004, 2005

FORS 4730 – Senior Project (4 semester credits, lecture/discussion)
2003

FORS 5930 – Prescribed Fire in the Forest Ecosystem (2 semester credits, field class)
2002, 2003, 2004, 2005

FORS 8000 – Landscape Ecology Seminar (2 semester credits, lecture/lab/discussion)
2002

FORS 8330 – Landscape Ecology (3 semester credits, lecture/lab/discussion)

2003, 2004, 2005

Oregon State University

FS 599 – Applied Landscape Ecology Seminar (2 quarter credits, lecture/lab/discussion)
2000, 2001


GRADUATE STUDENTS SUPERVISED

Francis Dwomoh (In Progress)
Ph.D. in Geospatial Science and Engineering, South Dakota State University

Andrea Hess (In Progress)
Ph.D. in Geospatial Science and Engineering, South Dakota State University

Henok Alemu (5/2015)
Ph.D. in Geospatial Science and Engineering, South Dakota State University
Dissertation: Contemporary Evapotranspiration Changes and Drivers in the Nile Basin.

Alemayehu Midekisa (12/2014)
Ph.D. in Geospatial Science and Engineering, South Dakota State University
Dissertation: Integrating Multi-Sensor Satellite Data for Malaria Early Warning in the Amhara Region of Ethiopia.

Aaron Friesz (8/2012)
M.S. in Geography, South Dakota State University
Thesis: Effects of Bird Community Structure on West Nile Virus Incidence in the Northern Great Plains.

Narayana Ganapathy (12/2011)
Ph.D. in Geospatial Science and Engineering, South Dakota State University
Dissertation: Influences of Forest Roads on the Spatial Pattern of Modern Wildfire Regimes in the East Cascades of Washington State.

Aashis Lamsal (8/2011)
M.S. in Geography, South Dakota State University
Thesis: Evaluating Geospatial Visualization Methods for West Nile Virus Risk Mapping.

Stephen Boyte (8/2009)
M.S. in Geography, South Dakota State University
Thesis: Modeling Fire Disturbance and Forest Structure Change in the Black Hills

Jamie Manangan (12/2006)
M.S. in Wildlife Ecology and Management, University of Georgia
Thesis: Spatial Analysis of the Distributions of Two Tick-Borne Bacteria, Anaplasma phagocytophilum and Ehrlichia chaffeensis, in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley.

Darroc Goolsby (12/2005)
M.S. in Forest Biology, University of Georgia
Thesis: Patterns of Land Use and Succession in a Longleaf Pine Forest.

Yangjian Zhang (5/2005)
Ph.D. in Forest Resource Management, University of Georgia
Dissertation: Identification of the Wildland-Urban Interface at Regional and Landscape Scales.

Matthew Reilly (8/2004)
M.S. in Forest Biology, University of Georgia
Thesis: Plant Community Dynamics Following Wildfire in the South Appalachians: Changes in Diversity at Multiple Spatial Scales.


POSTDOCTORAL SCHOLARS SUPERVISED

Justin Davis (2016-present)

Christopher Merkord (2014-present)

Zhihua Liu (2012-2016)
Current Position: Postdoctoral Scholar, University of Montana

Ramu Sudhagoni (2012-2013)
Current Position: Assistant Professor, University of South Dakota

Chris Wright (2011-2013)
Current Position: Research Associate, Natural Resources Research Institute

Ting-Wu Chuang (2009-2012)
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Taipei Medical University

Aki Michimi (2008-2011)
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Western Kentucky University

Mirela Tulbure (2008-2010)
Current Position: Senior Lecturer, University of New South Wales

 

Last modified: 
Jun 26, 2017