Profile: Jeff Atkins

Postdoctoral Scholar

Jeff is a Postdoctoral Scholar at Virginia Commonwealth University and Visiting Scholar at the University of Virginia. His background is in carbon cycling and ecosystem ecology. Jeff also co-hosts the ecology podcast Major Revisions.

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Mark Twain and The Big Stump: Can We Save Nature From Ourselves?

Within a picturesque meadow where the snow was just beginning to melt during our late March trip, you find Mark Twain Stump. The Mark Twain tree was felled in 1891 so that slabs from the trunk could be shown in museums in New York and London.
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How Do You Count All Those Trees, Anyway?

Like many scientists, Jean-François Bastin and colleagues had a question. A question that on its surface seems like it may have an obvious answer, or at least, an obvious way to find out the answer. But looks can be deceiving and things are not always as easy as they seem. But thanks to 210,000 sample plots, a ton of satellite imagery, and new geospatial tools from Google Earth they found an answer.
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What’s so “Bad” about the Badlands, Anyway?

Badlands National Park in southwestern South Dakota is over 240,000 acres of wilderness, pinnacles, spires, eroded buttes, and mixed grass prairie. What's so bad about that?

Jeff Atkins is a Postdoctoral Scholar at Virginia Commonwealth University and Visiting Scholar at the University of Virginia. His background is in carbon cycling and ecosystem ecology.
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