Curtis Edson, Ph.D.
United States Air Force Academy
Dr. Curtis Edson, co-PI, is a retired Army Engineer Officer with a passion for the environment and geospatial information science. He has served in most regions of the United States and globally in Honduras, Korea, Germany, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Afghanistan. The last several years of his Army career were spent teaching geospatial information science at the United States Military Academy, West Point. He is currently an assistant professor at the United States Air Force Academy.
Why the transition from the military to environmental research?
As a child I was introduced to the environment through backpacking and camping in the Sierra Nevada. I was fortunate to maintain my environmental passion through academia. While earning my doctorate and studying the use of Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) for measuring forest biomass, I took two fateful elective courses: one a forest policy class, the focus of which was on the Endangered Species Act and wolves; and the other a course on trophic cascades. Later, while serving in combat in Afghanistan a friend sent me pivotal books to read (escape) on biogeography and mammal ecology. The fuse was lit igniting my ambition and dedicating my life to environmental and geospatial research.
- Ph.D. in Forest Resources, Oregon State University, OR (U.S.)
- Ph.D. in Environmental Monitoring, University of Wisconsin, WI (U.S.)
- Ph.D. in Forestry and Natural Resources Management, California Polytechnic State University, CA (U.S.)