Wimberly, Michael

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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 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 ecosystem services and 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 applies the results from these studies to develop decision-support tools for public health and natural resource management. Examples include the EPIDEMIA early warning system for predicting malaria epidemics in the Ethiopian highlands, the SDMIS system for forecasting West Nile virus outbreaks in South Dakota, and the CHANGE model for simulating interactions between land use change, forest management activities, and wildfires.

Curriculum Vitae - Mike Wimberly


EPIDEMIA - Epidemic Prognosis Incorporating Disease and Environmental Monitoring for Integrated Assessment

SDMIS - South Dakota Mosquito Information Systems for West Nile Virus Forecasting

EASTWeb - Software to Aquire and Process Earth Science Data for Climate and Health Applications

REACH Dataset - Records for Epidemiological Applications in Climate and Health


Tools for Forecasting Malaria Outbreaks - Bioscience

Mosquito Meets MODIS - NASA Video on West Nile Virus Forecasting

Biofuels and Grassland Conversion - USA Today

The Farmer and the Rancher - Agricultural Land Use in the Northern Great Plains


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

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

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

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

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

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


Wimberly, M. C., D. M. Narem, P. J. Bauman, B. T. Carlson, and M. A. Ahlering. 2018. Grassland connectivity in fragmented agricultural landscapes of the north-central United States. Biological Conservation 217: 121-130.

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.

Dwomoh, F. K., and M. C. Wimberly. 2017. Fire regimes and forest resilience: alternative vegetation states in the West African tropics. Landscape Ecology 32: 1849-1865.

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. 

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.

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 BeltEcological 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 surveyLand 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.

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, 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.

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.

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.

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.


South Dakota State University

GSE 743 – Geospatial Analysis (3 semester credits, lecture/lab)
2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017

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

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)

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)

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


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

Kyle Kaskie (In Progress)
M.S. in Biological Sciences, 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.


Dawn Nekorchuk (2017-present)

Justin Davis (2016-present)

Christopher Merkord (2014-2017)
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Minnesota State University Mankato

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: Adjunct Professor, Eastern Connecticut State University

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


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Jun 12, 2019