Justin Kitzes

  • Assistant Professor
  • Spatial Macroecology

Contact

103 Clapp Hall
4249 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

My research focuses broadly on species diversity and distributions in human-altered landscapes. I use methods drawn from spatial macroecology to answer fundamental questions about how species organize themselves in space, and I apply these findings to inform the practice of conservation in fragmented landscapes. My work is heavily quantitative, drawing on mathematical and computational techniques as a basis for both theoretical and field projects.

Kitzes, J., Berlow, E., Conlisk, E., Erb, K., I

Kitzes, J., Berlow, E., Conlisk, E., Erb, K., Iha, K., Martinez, N., Newman, E. A., Plutzar, C., Smith, A. B., & Harte, J. (in press) Consumption-based conservation targeting: Linking biodiversity loss to economic consumption through a global wildlife footprint. Conservation Letters.

Wilson, G., Bryan, J., Cranston, K., Kitzes, J.

Wilson, G., Bryan, J., Cranston, K., Kitzes, J., Nederbragt, L., & Teal, T. K. (in press). Good enough practices for scientific computing. PLoS Computational Biology.

Kelly, R., Kitzes, J., Wilson, H., & Merenl

Kelly, R., Kitzes, J., Wilson, H., & Merenlender, A. (2016) Habitat diversity promotes bat activity in a vineyard landscape. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 223, 175-181.

Kitzes, J., & Wilber, M. (2016) macroeco: R

Kitzes, J., & Wilber, M. (2016) macroeco: Reproducible ecological pattern analysis in Python. Ecography 39, 361-367.

Kitzes, J., & Shirley, R. Estimating biodiv

Kitzes, J., & Shirley, R. Estimating biodiversity impacts without field surveys: A case study in northern Borneo. Ambio 45(1), 110-119.

Kitzes, J., & Harte, J. (2015). Predicting

Kitzes, J., & Harte, J. (2015). Predicting extinction debt from community patterns. Ecology 96(8), 2172-2136.

Wilber, M., Kitzes, J., & Harte, J. (2015).

Wilber, M., Kitzes, J., & Harte, J. (2015). Scale collapse and the emergence of the power law species-area relationship. Global Ecology and Biogeography 24(8), 883–895.

McGlinn, D., Xiao, X., Kitzes, J., & White,

McGlinn, D., Xiao, X., Kitzes, J., & White, E. (2015). Exploring the spatially explicit predictions of the Maximum Entropy Theory of Ecology. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 24(6), 675-684.

Harte, J., & Kitzes, J. (2014). Inferring r

Harte, J., & Kitzes, J. (2014). Inferring regional-scale species diversity from small-plot censuses. PLoS ONE 10(2), e0117527.

Kitzes, J., & Harte, J. (2014). Beyond the

Kitzes, J., & Harte, J. (2014). Beyond the species-area relationship: Improving macroecological extinction estimates. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 5(1), 1-8.

Kitzes, J., & Merenlender, A. (2014). Large

Kitzes, J., & Merenlender, A. (2014). Large roads reduce bat activity across multiple species. PLoS ONE 5(1), 1-8.

Kitzes, J., & Merenlender, A. (2013). Extin

Kitzes, J., & Merenlender, A. (2013). Extinction risk and tradeoffs in reserve site selection for species of different body sizes. Conservation Letters 6(5), 341-349.

Kitzes, J. (2013). An introduction to environme

Kitzes, J. (2013). An introduction to environmentally-extended input-output analysis. Resources 2(4), 489-503.

Harte, J., Kitzes, J., Newman, E., & Roming

Harte, J., Kitzes, J., Newman, E., & Rominger, A. (2013). Taxon categories and the universal species-area relationship. The American Naturalist 181(2), 282-287.

Ramage, B. S., Kitzes, J., Marshalek, E. C., &a

Ramage, B. S., Kitzes, J., Marshalek, E. C., & Potts, M. D. (2013). Optimized Floating Refugia: A new strategy for species conservation in production forest landscapes. Biodiversity and Conservation 22(3), 789-801.

Ramage, B. S., Marshalek, E. C., Kitzes, J., &a

Ramage, B. S., Marshalek, E. C., Kitzes, J., & Potts, M. D. (2013). Conserving tropical biodiversity via strategic spatiotemporal harvest planning. Journal of Applied Ecology 50(6), 1301–1310.

Barnosky, A. D., Hadly, E. A., Bascompte, J., B

Barnosky, A. D., Hadly, E. A., Bascompte, J., Berlow, E. L., Brown, J. H., Fortelius, M., Getz, W. M., Harte, J., Hastings, A., Marquet, P. A., Martinez, N. D., Mooers, A., Roopnarine, P., Vermeij, G., Williams, J. W., Gillespie, R., Kitzes, J., Marshall, C., Matzke, N., Mindell, D. P., Revilla, E., & Smith, A. B. (2012). Approaching a state shift in Earth’s biosphere. Nature 486, 52-58.

Leach, A. M., Galloway, J. N., Bleeker, A, Eris

Leach, A. M., Galloway, J. N., Bleeker, A, Erisman, J.W., Kohn, R., & Kitzes, J. (2012). A nitrogen footprint model to help consumers understand their role in nitrogen losses to the environment. Environmental Development 1, 40-66.

Galli, A., Kitzes, J., Niccolucci, V., Wackerna

Galli, A., Kitzes, J., Niccolucci, V., Wackernagel, M., Wada, Y., & Marchettini, N. (2012). Assessing the global environmental consequences of economic growth through the Ecological Footprint: a focus on China and India. Ecological Indicators 17, 99-107.
Dr. Kitzes received his Ph.D. in 2012 with John Harte and Adina Merenlender at the University of California, Berkeley, was a postdoctoral scholar in the Energy and Resources Group and a Data Science Fellow at the Berkeley Institute for Data Science, both at UC Berkeley, and joined the Department in 2017.