DGE Researcher Profile

Joe Mascaro

Title: Postdoctoral Associate
Lab: Asner
Phone: 650-462-1047 ext. 217
curriculum vitae

Research Summary

I am an ecologist, with a key role in the Carnegie Airborne Observatory at the Carnegie Institution for Science. Our mission is to study ecosystems at large geographic scales, and within this collaborative effort lead by Greg Asner, my area of focus is tropical forest carbon dynamics. In concert with a dynamic team, I develop and utilize LiDAR (i.e., laser-ranging) remote sensing methods to improve our understanding of tropical forest carbon stocks and emissions that cause climate change, but also the basic ecology of forest structure. My dissertation work at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee focused on the biogeochemistry of new forest communities, a topic I return to as a contributor to a forthcoming book on Novel Ecosystems (Wiley, March 2013, Eds: R. Hobbs, E. Higgs, C. Hall). I am also active in science writing outside of peer-reviewed journals, including the op-ed page of the Los Angeles Times and The New York Times.



Mascaro, J., R. F. Hughes, and S. A. Schnitzer. 2012. Novel forests maintain ecosystem processes after the decline of native tree species. Ecological Monographs 82: 221-238.

Mascaro, J., G. P. Asner, D. H. Dent, S. J. DeWalt, and J. S. Denslow. 2012. Scale-dependence of aboveground carbon accumulation in secondary forests of Panama: a test of the intermediate peak hypothesis. Forest Ecology and Management 276: 62-70.

Asner, G. P., J. K. Clark, J. Mascaro, G. A. Galindo García, K. D. Chadwick, D. A. Navarrete Encinales, G. Paez-Acosta, E. Cabrera Montenegro, T. Kennedy-Bowdoin, Á. Duque, A. Balaji, P. von Hildebrand, L. Maatoug, J. F. Phillips Bernal, A. P. Yepes Quintero, D. E. Knapp, M. C.García Dávila, J. Jacobson, and M. F. Ordóñez. 2012. High-resolution mapping of forest carbon stocks in the Colombian Amazon. Biogeosciences 9: 2683-2696. (Press)

Asner, G. P., J. Mascaro, H. C. Muller-Landau, G. Vieilledent, R. Vaudry, M. Rasamoelina, J. Hall, and M. van Breugel. 2012. A universal airborne LiDAR approach for tropical forest carbon mapping. Oecologia 168: 1147-1160 (Press)


Davis, M. A., M. K. Chew, R. J. Hobbs, A. E. Lugo, J. J. Ewel, G. J. Vermeij, J. H. Brown, M. L. Rosenzweig, M. R. Gardener, S. P. Carroll, K. Thompson, S. T. A. Pickett, J. C. Stromberg, P. Del Tredici, K. N. Suding, J. G. Ehrenfeld, J. P. Grime, J. Mascaro, and J. C. Briggs. 2011. Don’t judge species on their origins. Nature 474: 152-153. (Press)

Mascaro, J. 2011. Earth Similarity Index provides a logical breakpoint for naming planets. Astrobiology 11: 1053

Mascaro, J., M. Detto, G. P. Asner, and H. C. Muller-Landau. 2011. Evaluating uncertainty in mapping forest carbon with airborne LiDAR. Remote Sensing of Environment 115: 3770-3774. (Press)


Asner, G. P., G. Powell, J. Mascaro, D. E. Knapp, J. Jacobson, T. Kennedy-Bowdoin, J. Clark, A. Balaji, L. Secada, and R. F. Hughes. 2010. High-resolution carbon stocks and emissions in the Amazon. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 107: 16738-16742.

Hope in the Age of ManMarris et al. New York Times op-ed, 2011
Following Newt to the MoonThe Space Review op-ed, 2012
Fly me to HD 10180gLos Angeles Times op-ed, 2010
Novel Ecosystems in 2013...Contributions to a Novel Ecosystems book edited by R. Hobbs, E. Higgs, and C. Hall (Wiley)