Thomas Albright

( University of Nevada, Reno )


(775) 784-6673
  • Institution:University of Nevada, Reno
  • Departments: Geography
  • Research Fields: Conservation Biogeography, Ecoclimatology, Landscape Ecology, Remote Sensing
  • Disciplines: Geography, Natural Resources and Conservation, Natural Resources Conservation and Research, Social Sciences
  • Location:Washoe County
  • Funding:NSF - National Science Foundation


Thomas Albright employs landscape ecological and biogeographic perspectives to understand the causes and consequences of environmental change at local to global scales. His work has examined the role of climate and human dispersal in the spread of invasive plants in the US and China, the effects of extreme weather and disturbance on avian communities across the US, and the rate and patterns of land cover change and desertification in the West African Sahel.  In his research and teaching, Dr. Albright employs a variety of remote sensing platforms, field data, GIS, spatial analysis, and hierarchical modeling. His remote sensing work has included inventories of glacier cover in the Himalaya using synthetic aperture radar, documenting the rise and fall of the world’s largest water hyacinth infestation in East Africa, and characterizing heat waves using thermal remote sensing.  Dr. Albright has a long history of international research, applications, and teaching from over 15 countries and speaks French and Spanish proficiently.