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F Escobedo

Francisco J. Escobedo

Research Social Scientist
Los Angeles Center for Urban Natural Resources Sustainability
125 Paseo de la Plaza, Suite 204
Los Angeles
United States

Phone: 951-680-1544
Fax: 951-680-1501
Contact Francisco J. Escobedo

Current Research

My research interest is understanding the environmental sustainability and resilience of communities and ecosystems in urban and wildland-urban interface (WUI) areas. I am particularly interested in measuring and informing managers and the public about the benefits and costs of urban and WUI forests and how socioeconomic factors and policies drive changes to these socio-ecological systems.  For this research, I use not only quantitative approaches such as ecological modelling, statistics, field data and geospatial analysis but, also socioeconomic methods and data such as policy analysis, economic valuation and other qualitative methods.

Research Interests

Socio-ecological systems
Urban forestry
Ecosystem services
Forest policy

Past Research

In the past I have done research in urban forest ecology and the effects of disturbances such as urbanization and hurricanes on subtropical urban forest structure and function.  I have also used economic valuation, policy analysis and various other models to measure and assess the ecosystem services and disservices provided by forests, rangelands and other ecosystems in urban, wildland, temperate, tropical, and international settings.  Past research and professional experience has also included assessing fire effects as well as soil quality and inventories. 

Why This Research is Important

Over half of the world’s and eighty percent of the United States’ populations currently live in urban and WUI areas.  As a result, the environmental and natural resource sustainability problems facing society and these ecosystems are complex. One approach to better understand these issues and inform decision makers, the focus of my work, is to study them by working across disciplines using an integrated and participatory approach.   


  • State University of New York- ESF, Phd Forest and Natural Resources Policy 2004
  • University of Arizona, Ms Watershed Management 1998
  • New Mexico State University , Bsc Soil Science 1994

Professional Experience

  • Professor of Socio-Ecological Systems, Universidad del Rosario, Bogota Colombia
    2016 - 2020
  • Associate Professor of Urban and Community Forestry, University of Florida, School of Forest Resources and Conservation
    2006 - 2015
  • Forest Soil Scientist and Air Resources Coordinator, US Forest Service, Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forest
    2004 - 2006
  • Forester, US Forest Service, Northeastern Research Station
    2000 - 2004
  • Soil Scientist, US Forest Service, Region 3 Terrestrial Ecosystem Survey Crew
    1994 - 1999
  • Soil Science Technician, US Forest Service, Tongass NF, Yakutat Ranger District
    1992 - 1992

Professional Organizations

  • International Association for Landscape Ecology, Member (2018 - Current)
  • Society for Urban Ecology, Member (2016 - 2017)
  • Ecosystem Services Partnership, Member (2012 - 2014)
  • International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO), Deputy Coordinator (2010 - 2014)

Awards & Recognition

  • University of Florida-IFAS Award, 2015
    High impact research publication recognition
  • Southern Region Extension Forestry, 2011
    Bronze Award for Computer Software Utility
  • USDAFS Certificate of Merit , 2006
    Washington Office- Policy Analysis Group
  • USDAFS Certificate of Merit , 2005
    Arapaho-Roosevelt NF, WUI fuel-mountain pine beetle mitigation planning
  • USDAFS Certificate of Merit, 2003
    San Bernardino NF, Community wildfire protection planning

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Last updated on : 11/17/2020