GIS, remote sensing, spatial modeling; land-use and land-cover dynamics; linking landscape patterns with ecological and social processes
B.A. Geoenvironmental Studies, Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
M.A. Geography, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Ph.D. Geography, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Dan Brown is not currently accepting graduate students.
Current Sponsored Projects
- Land Transactions and Investments: Impacts on Agricultural Production, Ecosystem Services, and Food-Energy Security
The project will generate new data that will be available for public use by other scholars and researchers, train scientists in the United States and build greater research capacity among international collaborators, and produce findings that will hold practical interest for decision makers in government agencies, NGOs, and donor organizations.
- Large-Scale Land Transactions as Drivers of Land-Cover Change in Sub-Saharan Africa
This project will synthesize available remotely sensed and other information, complemented with targeted new data collection, to investigate the impacts of recent large-scale land transactions.
- Leadership, Coordination, and Administrative Oversight for the Pacific Northwest Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (PNW CESU)
This project is a continuing collaboration between UW and NPS to support administrative functions of the PNW CESU and GB CESU including public outreach and development of financial assistance agreements for a wide variety of technical, research, and educational projects relevant to the mission of the CESU network.
Areas currently supported include analysis of patterns of structural, functional and composition development of forest ecosystems; managing threatened and endangered mammalian species on human-altered landscapes; and novel approaches to ecological restoration, climate change mitigation.
2019. Agrawal, A., Brown, D.G., and Sullivan, J. Are global land grabs ticking socio-environmental bombs or just inefficient investments? One Earth, 1(2): 159-162. doi: 10.1016/j.oneear.2019.10.004 Link2019. Chesterman, N., Entwistle, J., Chambers, M.C., Liu, H.C., Agrawal, A., Brown, D.G. The effects of trainings in soil and water conservation on farming practices, livelihoods, and land-use intensity in the Ethiopian Highlands. Land Use Policy, 87:104051. Link
2018. Endsley, K.A., Brown, D.G., Bruch, E. Housing market activity is associated with disparities in urban and metropolitan vegetation. Ecosystems, 21(8): 1593-1607. doi: 10.1007/s10021-018-0242-4 Link
2018. Liao, C., Brown, D.G. Assessments of synergistic outcomes from sustainable intensification of agriculture need to include smallholder livelihoods with food production and ecosystem services. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 32: 53-59. doi: 10.1016/j.cosust.2018.04.013 Link
Allington, G.R.H., Li, W., and Brown, D.G. 2017. Urbanization and environmental policy effects on the future availability of grazing resources on the Mongolian Plateau: Modeling socio-environmental system dynamics. Environmental Science and Policy, 68: 35-46. Link
Xu, H., Brown, D.G., Moore, M.R., and Currie, W.C. 2017. Optimizing spatial land management to balance water quality and economic returns in a Lake Erie watershed. Ecological Economics 145C: 104-114. Link
Currie, W.S., Kiger, S., Nassauer, J.I., Hutchins, M., Marshall, L.L., Brown, D.G., Riolo, R.L., and Robinson, D.T. 2016. Multi-scale heterogeneity in vegetation and soil carbon in exurban residential land in Southeastern Michigan. Ecological Applications 26(5):1421-1436. Link
Tian, Q., Holland, J.H., Brown, D.G. 2016. Social and economic impacts of subsidy policies on rural development in the Poyang Lake Region, China: insights from an agent-based model. Agricultural Systems 148: 12-27. Link