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Michael Wimberly

Michael C Wimberly


Adjunct Faculty

Office Building

Edgar S. McFadden Biostress Lab



Mailing Address

McFadden Biostress Laboratory 138
Natural Resource Management-Box 2140B
University Station
Brookings, SD 57007


Dr. Wimberly is a Senior Scientist in the Geospatial Sciences Center of Excellence and a Professor of Natural Resource Management. His research addresses the impacts of climate and land use change on ecosystems and human health. He is currently leading the Epidemic Prognosis Incorporating Disease and Environmental Monitoring for Integrated Assessment (EPIDEMIA) project, which is aimed at identifying environmental risk factors and developing predictive models for vector-borne and zoonotic diseases. Results are being applied to forecast outbreaks of human West Nile virus disease in the United States and epidemic malaria in the highlands of East Africa. Dr. Wimberly also conducts research on human land use, natural disturbances, and landscape-scale vegetation dynamics through analysis of terrestrial remote sensing data and application of spatial simulation models. Specific topics include the interactions between human populations and wildfires in the western United States, the effects of land use change, logging, and fire on tropical forests in West Africa, and the ecological impacts of agricultural extensification in the Great Plains.


PhD - Oregon State University
MS - University of Washington
BA - University of Virginia

Academic Interests/Expertise

Disturbance Ecology, Landscape Change, Ecological Modeling, Spatial Epidemiology

Specialty Area

  • Landscape Ecology