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.
- Assistant Professor
- Spatial Macroecology
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., Nederbragt, L., & Teal, T. K. (in press). Good enough practices for scientific computing. PLoS Computational Biology.
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: Reproducible ecological pattern analysis in Python. Ecography 39, 361-367.
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 extinction debt from community patterns. Ecology 96(8), 2172-2136.
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, 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 regional-scale species diversity from small-plot censuses. PLoS ONE 10(2), e0117527.
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 roads reduce bat activity across multiple species. PLoS ONE 5(1), 1-8.
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 environmentally-extended input-output analysis. Resources 2(4), 489-503.
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., & 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., & 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., 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, 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., 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.