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Emily E. Atkinson

Graduate student (Ph.D.)

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Past Education

M.S., Geography, San Diego State University, 2009
B.A., Political Science, University of California San Diego, 2004


I research how human land use can alter ecosystem properties and processes over generations, even after land use has ceased. I measure forest regeneration on former agricultural land to characterize biodiversity and soils at the landscape scale.


Teaching Assistant, Quantitative Methods (Geog 360)
Dr. Karen Russ, UW-Madison Department of Geography, Spring 2012

Teaching Assistant, Global Physical Environments (Geog 120)
Dr. Jim Burt & Dr. Erika Marin-Spiotta, UW-Madison Department of Geography, Fall 2009)


Atkinson, E.E. and E. Marin-Spiotta. 2014. Land use legacy effects on structure and composition of subtropical dry forests in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands.Forest Ecology and Management (In Press).

Tiemann, L.K., A.S. Grandy, E.E. Atkinson, E. Marin-Spiotta, M.D. McDaniel. 2014. Plant biodiversity enhances belowground communities and functions in an agroecosystem. Ecology Letters (Submitted).

Marin-Spiotta, E., K.E. Gruley, J. Crawford, E.E. Atkinson, J.R. Miesel, S. Greene, C. Cardona-Correa, and R.G.M. Spencer. 2014. Paradigm shifts in soil organic matter research affect aquatic carbon turnover interpretations: Transcending disciplinary and ecosystem boundaries. Biogeochemistry 117: 279-297.

Atkinson, E.E. and E. Marin-Spiotta. 2010. Tropical land use change and soil carbon: Implications for REDD. Tenure Brief 12: 1-5. Land Tenure Center. University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Farley Wolf, K.A., L. Ojeda-Revah, E.E. Atkinson, B.R. Eaton-Gonzales. 2012. Changes in land use, land tenure, and landscape fragmentation in the Tijuana River Watershed following reform of the ejido sector. Land Use Policy 29: 187-197.

Biggs, T.W., E.E. Atkinson, R.L. Powell, L. Ojeda-Revah. 2010. Physical characteristics of urban Tijuana, using multiple endmember spectral mixture analysis. Landscape and Urban Planning 96: 78-87.

Contact Information

Website: https://www.emilyelaineatkinson.info

Office: 554 Science Hall

Mailing Address:
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Department of Geography
550 N. Park Street
Madison, WI 53706

Email: : eeatkinson@wisc.edu