Dave Verbyla

Professor GIS/Remote Sensing

Department of Forest Sciences
School of Natural Resources and Ag. Sciences,
366 O'Neill Building
University of Alaska
Fairbanks, Alaska 99775-7200 USA

My Schedule

Email: dlverbyla@alaska.edu
Work: 907-474-5553 (I prefer email instead of telephone tag)
Fax: 907-474-6184
Fall Semester Office Hours: Tuesday/Thursdays 8am - 9:30am
or by email appt
  • Ph.D. Forest Resources, Utah State University (1989)
  • M.S. Park and Recreation Resources, Michigan State University (1982)
  • B.S. Natural Resource Management, Rutgers University (1979)

  • Assistant/Associate/Full Professor, Department of Forest Sciences / University of Alaska Fairbanks (1993 to present).
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Forest Resources / University of Idaho (1991 to 1993).
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Natural Resources / University of New Hampshire (1989 to 1991).
  • Instructor, Department of Forest Resources / Utah State University (1984 to 1989).
  • Statistical Programmer, Utah State University (1982-1985).


  • NRM338 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (every fall)
  • NRM435 GIS Analysis (every spring)
  • NRM638 GIS Programming (every odd spring)
  • NRM641 Remote Sensing Applications in Natural Resources (every even spring)



    Link to pdf files of complete theses

    Links to theses abstracts:

    Mary Beth Parent M. S. 2011

    Remote Sensing of Browning Trends in the Alaskan Boreal Forest

    Becky Baird M. S. 2011(co-advised with Teresa Hollingsworth)

    Spatial and Temporal Trends in Vegetation Index in the Bonanza Creek Experimental Forest

    Marth Raynolds Ph. D. 2009 (co-advised with Skip Walker)

    Circumpolar Arctic Vegetation

  • Douglas Smart M. S. 2008

    Remote Sensing Aspen Leaf Miner Damage

  • Matt Macander M. S. 2005.
    MODIS satellite vegetation indices over partially vegetated pixels on the Arctic Coastal Plain of Alaska

  • Karen Clyde M. S. 2005.
    Using GIS and remotely sensed data for early winter moose (Alces alces gigas) survey stratification

  • Brian Riordan M. S. 2005.
    Using remote sensing to examine changes of closed-basin water area in interior Alaska from 1950-20002

  • Justin Epting M. S. 2004.
    Remote sensing of burn severity and the interactions between burn severity, topography, and vegetation in interior Alaska

  • Dorte Dissing Ph. D. 2003.
    Landscape control of thunderstorm development in interior Alaska

  • Julieanne Fogde M. S. 2001.
    Delineating Salix alaxensis and drawdown lakes in interior Alaska Using SAR and TM Imagery

  • Heather Goldman M. S. 2000.
    Estimating Growing Season Using AVHRR NDVI


    PUBLICATIONS Since 2005

  • Roach, J. Griffith, B. and D. Verbyla. 2013. Landscape influences on climate-related lake shrinkage at high latitudes. Global Change Biology. doi: 10.1111/gcb.12196

  • Raynolds, M. K., Walker, D. A., Verbyla, D. and C. A. Munger. 2013. Patterns of Change within a Tundra Landscape: 22-year Landsat NDVI Trends in an Area of the Northern Foothills of the Brooks Range, Alaska. Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research. 45(2):249-260.

  • Roach, J. Griffith, B. and D. Verbyla. 2012. Comparison of three methods for long-term monitoring of boreal lake area using Landsat TM/ETM+ imagery. Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing. 38(4):427-440.

  • Baird, R. A., Verbyla, D., and T. N. Hollingsworth. 2012. Browning of the landscape of interior Alaska based on 1986-2009 Landsat sensor NDVI. Canadian Journal of Forest Research. 42:1371-1382.

  • Hegel, T. M., Verbyla, D., Huettman, F., and P. S. Barboza. 2012. Spatial synchrony of recruitment in mountain-dwelling woodland caribou. Population Ecology. 54:19-30.

  • Wolken, J. M., Hollingsworth, T. N., Rupp, T. S., Chapin, F. S. III, Trainor, S. F., Barrett, T. M., Sullivan, P. F., McGuire, A. D., Euskirchen, E. S., Hennon, P. E., Beever, E. A., Conn, J. S., Crone, L. K., D'Amore, D. V., Fresco, N., Hanley, T. A., Kielland, K., Kruse, J. J., Patterson, T., Schuur, E. A. G, Verbyla, D. and J. Yarie. 2011. Evidence and implications of recent and projected climate change in Alaska’s forest ecosystems. Ecosphere 12(11):124.

  • Verbyla, D. 2011. Perspective: Browning Boreal Forests of Western North America. Environmental Research Letters 6 041003.

  • Tape, K., Verbyla, D. and J. Welker. 2011. 20th century erosion in Arctic Alaska foothills: the influence of shrubs, runoff, and permafrost. Journal of Geophysical Research--Biogeosciences. 116, G04024, 11pp..

  • Schmidt, J. H., Linberg, M. S., Johnson, D. S. and D. Verbyla. 2011. Season length influences breeding range dynamics of trumpteter swans. Wildlife Biology. 17(4): 364-372.

  • Roach, J. , Griffith, B. Verbyla, D. and J. Jones. 2011. Mechanisms influencing changes in lake area in Alaskan boreal forest Global Change Biology. 17(5):2567-2583.

  • Liang, J., Zhou, M., Verbyla, D., Zhang, L. Springsteen, A. L. and Malone, T.  2011.  Mapping forest dynamics under climate change: a matrix model. Forest Ecology and Management. 262:2250-2262.

  • Johnstone, J. F., Rupp, T. S., Olson, M. and D. Verbyla. 2011. Modeling impacts of fire severity on successional trajectories and future fire behavior in Alaskan boreal forests. Landscape Ecology. 26:487-500.

  • Mack, M. C., Bret-Harte, M. S., Hollingsworth, T. N., Jandt, R. R., Schuur, E. A., Shaver, G. R.  and Verbyla, D.  2011.  Carbon loss from an unprecedented arctic tundra wildfire.  Nature.  475:489-492.

  • Parent, M. B. and D. Verbyla. 2010. The browning of Alaska's boreal forest. Remote Sensing. Remote Sensing. 2:2729-2747.

  • Boby, L. A., Schuur, E. A., Mack, M. C., Verbyla, D. and J. F. Johnstone. 2010. Quantifying fire severity, carbon, and nitrogen emissions in Alaska's boreal forest: the adventitious root method. Ecological Applications 20(6):1633-1647..

  • Joly, K. , Klein, D., Verbyla, D., Rupp. T. S. and F. S. Chapin III. 2010. Linkages between large-scale climate patterns and the dynamics of Alaskan caribou populations. Ecography. 34:345-352.

  • Kasischke, E. S., Verbyla, D. L., Rupp, T. S., McGuire, A. D., Murphy, K. A., Jandt, R., Barnes, J., Hoy, E. E. Duffy, P. A., Calef, M. and M. R. Turetsky. 2010. Alaska's changing fire regime---implications for the vulnerability of its boreal forest. Canadian Journal of Forest Research.  40:1313-1324.

  • Johnstone, J., Boby, L., Tissier, E., Mack, M. , Verbyla, D. and X. Walker. 2009. Postfire seed rain of black spruce, a semi-serotinous conifer, in forests of interior Alaska. Canadian Journal of Forest Research. 39:1575-1588

  • Verbyla, D. and R. Lord. 2008. Estimating post-fire organic soil depth in the Alaskan boreal forest using the Normalized Burn Ratio. International Journal of Remote Sensing. 29(13):3845-3853.

  • Verbyla, D. 2008. The greening and browning of Alaska based on 1982-2003 satellite data. Global Ecology and Biogeography 17:547-555.

  • French, N. H. F., Allen, J. L., Hall, R. J., Hoy, E. E., Kasischke, E. S., Murphy, K. A., and D. Verbyla. 2008. Using landsat data to assess fire and burn severity in the north american boreal forest region: an overview and summary of results. International Journal of Wildland Fire. 17:443-464.

  • Verbyla, D., Kasischke, E. S., and Hoy, E. E. 2008. Seasonal and topographic effects on estimating fire severity from Landsat TM/ETM + data. International Journal of Wildland Fire. 17:527-534

  • Kurkowski, T. A., Mann, D. H., Rupp, T. S., and D. L. Verbyla. 2008. Relative importance of different secondary successional pathways in an Alaskan boreal forest. Canadian Journal of Forest Research. 38:1911-1923.

  • Raynolds, M. K., Comiso, J. C., Walker, D. A., and D. Verbyla. 2007. Relationship between satellite-derived land surface termperatures, arctic vegetation types, and NDVI. Remote Sensing of Environment. 112:1884-1894.

  • Riordan, B., Verbyla, D. and A. D. McGuire. 2006. Shrinking ponds in subarctic Alaska based on 1950-2002 remotely sensed images. Journal of Geophysical Research. 111,G04002, doi:10.1029/2005JG000150, 2006.

  • Walter, K. M., Zimov, S. A., Chanton, J. P., Verbyla, D. and F. S. Chapin III. 2006. Methane bubbling from Siberian thaw lakes as a positive feedback to climate warming Nature. 443:71-75.

  • Epting, J. and D. L. Verbyla. 2005. Landscape level interactions of pre-fire vegetation, burn severity, and post-fire vegetation over a 16-year period in interior Alaska. Canadian Journal of Forest Research. 35:1367-1377.

  • Epting, J., Verbyla, D. L. and B. Sorbel. 2005. Evaluation of remotely sensed indices for assessing burn severity in interior Alaska using Landsat TM and ETM+ . Remote Sensing of Environment. 96:328-339.

  • Verbyla, D. L. 2005. Assessment of the MODIS Leaf Area Index Product (MOD15) in Alaska. International Journal of Remote Sensing. 26(6):1277-1284.

  • Last modified May 2013

    email: dlverbyla@alaska.edu