Janet Franklin

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Janet Franklin (born July 8, 1959 in Frankfurt, Germany[1]) is an American geographer, botanist, and landscape ecologist. She is currently a Distinguished Professor of Biogeography in the Department of Botany and Plant Sciences at the University of California Riverside.[2] Franklin's work focuses on the use of remote sensing techniques to model and understand vegetated landscapes.[3] She has made significant contributions to the study of human-caused landscape change and predictive vegetation mapping.[4][5] In recent years, much of her work has focused on climate change, both present and historical.[6][7][8] Franklin is a member of the National Academy of Sciences[1] and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is also the current editor-in-chief of Diversity & Distributions, a highly-ranked journal on conservation biogeography.


Franklin grew up near San Francisco.[1] She received a B.A. in Environmental Biology from the University of California Santa Barbara in 1979. Subsequently, she received a master's degree from UCSB in Geography in 1983, and finally a PhD from the same institution in 1988.[9] Her thesis focused on the remote sensing of woody vegetation structures in Mali.[10][11] Franklin received her start in remote sensing as a doctoral candidate when she was recruited by a professor on the basis of her ability to distinguish different species of pine tree from aerial photographs.[3]

In 1988, Franklin began teaching and researching at San Diego State University, where she remained until 2009. Her 1995 paper, Predictive vegetation mapping: geographic modeling of biospatial patterns in relation to environmental gradients, is considered a foundational work of modern, remote sensing-based landscape ecology. In 2009, she was appointed as a professor of geography at Arizona State University, becoming a Regent's Professor in 2015.[12] From 2014 to 2016, she was president of the US chapter of the International Association of Landscape Ecology.[1] Some of her research has focused on island ecosystems in the West Indies and Polynesia. In 2017, she was appointed to the University of California Riverside.[2]

Notable works and publications[edit]

Franklin is the author of one book and over 120 peer-reviewed academic papers.[9]


  • Franklin, Janet. Mapping species distributions: spatial inference and prediction. Cambridge University Press, 2010.


  • Franklin, Janet. "Predictive vegetation mapping: geographic modellng of biospatial patterns in relation to environmental gradients." Progress in physical geography 19, no. 4 (1995)
  • Franklin, Janet. "Predicting the distribution of shrub species in southern California from climate and terrain‐derived variables." Journal of Vegetation Science 9, no. 5 (1998)
  • Franklin, Janet. "Moving beyond static species distribution models in support of conservation biogeography." Diversity and Distributions 16, no. 3 (2010)
  • Franklin, Janet, et al. "Modeling plant species distributions under future climates: how fine scale do climate projections need to be?." Global change biology 19.2 (2013)


  1. ^ a b c d "Janet Franklin". www.nasonline.org. National Academy of Sciences. Retrieved 2019-02-03.
  2. ^ a b "Department of Botany & Plant Sciences: Faculty". plantbiology.ucr.edu. Retrieved 2019-02-03.
  3. ^ a b Giles, Nathan (2016-02-22). "Janet Franklin adds complexity to the climate change map". American Association for the Advancement of Science. Retrieved 2019-02-03.
  4. ^ "Alumna Janet Franklin Honored for Ecosystems Work | UC Geography". geog.ucsb.edu. Retrieved 2019-02-03.
  5. ^ Staff, A. A. G. (2015-05-18). "Janet Franklin inducted into National Academy of Science; joins the other NAS members at Arizona State University". AAG Newsletter. Retrieved 2019-02-03.
  6. ^ Sheriff, Natasja (2015-11-12). "What The Last Ice Age Tells Us About Protecting Birds from Climate Change Now". Audubon. Retrieved 2019-02-03.
  7. ^ Hays, Brooks (2017-07-29). "Climate change pushed songbirds from Bahamas in the wake of the last ice age". UPI. Retrieved 2019-02-03.
  8. ^ Mastroianni, Brian (2015-11-23). "Which is worse for wildlife - climate change or humans?". www.cbsnews.com. Retrieved 2019-02-03.
  9. ^ a b "Janet Franklin - Person". Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability. Retrieved 2019-02-03.
  10. ^ "UCSB Geography in the 1980s: A Mini-Memoir from Janet Franklin | UC Geography". geog.ucsb.edu. Retrieved 2019-02-03.
  11. ^ "Janet Franklin - VALE Lab". sites.google.com. Retrieved 2019-02-03.
  12. ^ "Janet Franklin | School of Life Sciences". sols.asu.edu. Retrieved 2019-02-03.