As a geographer and landscape ecologist, I integrate field work, Geographic Information Systems, remote sensing, and simulation modeling to improve our understanding of landscape-scale changes in vegetation and its implications for cross-scale interactions and ecosystem services in terrestrial systems. My work has spanned multiple environments, including the montane forests of northern California, Arctic Alaska, the Appalachian Mountains, and Southwestern rangelands.

I am currently a postdoctoral research associate under the supervision of Dr. Steven R. Archer in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of Arizona. I manage a four-year USDA-NIFA-funded project that investigates the long-term costs and benefits of brush management (tools used to reduce woody cover) on ecosystem services (e.g., plant diversity, primary production, carbon sequestration potential, erosion and runoff, carbon exchange) on a rangeland ecosystem encroached by velvet mesquite (Prosopis velutina).

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RESEARCH | Projects

PUB |ications

Peer-reviewed publications

Grant, GL, Baisan CH, Brown PM, Grissino-Mayer HD, Falk DA, Flatley WT, Hessl A, Heyerdahl EK, Kaye MW, Lafon CW, Margolis, EQ, Maxwell RS, Naito AT, Platt WJ, Rother MT, Saladyga T, Sherriff RL, Stachowiak LA, Stambaugh MC, Sutherland EK, and Taylor AH (in review) Advancing dendrochronological studies of fire in the United States. Fire.

Myers-Smith IH, Elmendorf SC, Beck Pieter S, Wilmking M, Hallinger M, Blok D, Tape KD, Rayback SA, Macias-Fauria M, Forbes BC, Speed JDM, Boulanger-Lapointe N, Rixen C, Levesque E, Schmidt NM, Baittinger C, Trant AJ, Hermanutz L, Collier LS, Dawes MA, Lantz T, Weijers S, Jørgensen RH, Buchwal A, Buras A, Naito AT, Ravolainen V, Schaepman-Strub G, Wheeler J, Wipf S, Guay K, Hik DS, and Vellend M (2015) Climate sensitivity of shrub growth across the tundra biome. Nature Climate Change 5(9): 887-891. DOI: 10.1038/nclimate2697. LINK

Myers-Smith I, Hallinger M, Wilmking M, Blok D, Klaassen US, Rayback S, Weijers S, Trant A, Tape KD, Naito AT, Dawes M, Rixen C, Wipf S, Wheeler J, Buchwald A, Baittinger C, Fauria MM, Levesque E, Boulanger-Lapointe N, Beil I, Ravolainen V, Schweingruber FH (2015) Methods for measuring arctic and alpine shrub growth. Earth-Science Reviews 140: 1-13. DOI: 10.1016/j.earscirev.2014.10.004. LINK

Naito AT and Cairns DM (2015) Patterns of shrub expansion in Alaskan Arctic river corridors suggest a phase transition. Ecology and Evolution 5(1): 87-101. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.1341. LINK

Naito AT and Cairns DM (2011) Relationships between arctic shrub expansion and topographically-derived hydrologic characteristics. Environmental Research Letters 6(4): 045506. DOI:10.1088/1748-9326/6/4/045506. LINK

Naito AT and Cairns DM (2011) Patterns and processes of global shrub expansion. Progress in Physical Geography 35(4): 423-442. DOI: 10.1177/0309133311403538. LINK

Chen J, Roth RE, Naito AT, Lengerich EJ, and MacEachren AM (2008) Geovisual analytics to enhance spatial scan statistic interpretation: an analysis of U.S. cervical cancer mortality. International Journal of Health Geographics, 7(57). DOI: 10.1186/1476-072X-7-57. LINK

Federal Reports

Lafon CW, Naito AT, Grissino-Mayer HD, Horn SP, Waldrop TA. (2017). A Review and Synthesis of Fire History in the Appalachian Region. US Department of Agriculture Forest Service. Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-219. Asheville, North Carolina: US Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station. 97 p. LINK


Cairns DM, Carr L, Chin A, Cox W, Ellis JT, Farrell EJ, Güneralp I, Hoss J, Houser C, Lafon CW, Lemmons K, Li B, Naito AT, Nyikos S, Peteru S, Vitek J. (2013). Planet Earth Laboratory Manual 2013. Ed. Quiring SM. Plymouth, MI: Hayden McNeil, LLC.

Book Chapters

Goldberg DW, Cockburn MG, and Naito AT (2013) Chapter 4: Spatial Overlays. In Boscoe F (ed.) Geographic Health Data: Fundamental Techniques for Analysis. Wallingford, UK CAB International.


“Figure 1. Location of mountain birch (Betula pubescens subsp. czerepanovii) and Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) study sites in northern Sweden,” in: Young AB, Cairns DM, Lafon CW, Moen J and Martin LE (2011) Dendroclimatic relationships and possible implications for mountain birch and Scots pine at treeline in northern Sweden through the 21st century. Canadian Journal of Forest Research-Revue Canadienne De Recherche Forestiere 41: 450-459. DOI: 10.1139/x10-116.

“Figure 1. Location of study area, plots, and fire-scar samples in an old-growth mixed-conifer forest in Yosemite National Park, California, USA,” in: Scholl AE and Taylor AH (2010) Fire regimes, forest change, and self-organization in an old-growth mixed-conifer forest, Yosemite National Park, USA. Ecological Applications 20: 362-380. DOI: 10.1890/08-2324.1.

Kulander C, Miller T, Burnford A, Gibbons D, Wells S, Miller D, Pratt B, French K., Leff B, Naito AT (2007) “Geotourism MapGuide: Peninsula of Baja California.” National Geographic Society, December 2007.

O’Neill T., Bates M, Summerall S, Fekete E, Gallagher N, Hunt D, Miller D, French K, Naito AT (2007) “Changing Climate” supplement to National Geographic Magazine, October 2007.

TEACHING | Experience

Texas A&M | University

GEOG 203: Planet Earth (Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014)
Class sizes range from 25 - 160 students.

GEOG 390: Principles of Geographic Information Systems (Summer 2013)
Class sizes of approximately 30 students.

GEOG 213: Planet Earth Laboratory (Fall 2012, Spring 2013)
Class sizes of 25-30 students.

Penn State | University

GEOG 363: Geographic Information Systems Laboratory (Spring 2009)
GEOG 361: Cartography Laboratory (Fall 2008)

CONTACT | Information

  • Dr. Adam T. Naito

    Postdoctoral Research Associate

    School of Natural Resources and the Environment, University of Arizona
    PO Box 210137 1064 E Lowell St Tucson AZ 85721

    BSE 308A | 520.621.1069 |
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