Algonquin Park Ontario , Canada

"Take everything as it comes; the wave passes, deal with the next one."

Tom Thompson, 1877-1917


Richard G. Lathrop Jr.

Grant F. Walton Center
for Remote Sensing & Spatial Analysis


Professor of Environmental Monitoring

Department of Ecology, Evolution & Natural Resources

Cook College, Rutgers University

New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8551 USA

phone: (848)932-1580 fax:(732)932-2587




Research Interests: In my research I have attempted to integrate insights of landscape ecology and geograph with the

application of geo-spatial technology to improve our understanding of the structure and function of

coupled human-environmental systems at broader landscape to regional scales and then translate that

understanding into effective and appropriate techniques to improve ‘on-the-ground’

natural resource management and land use planning.




1988 Ph.D. Environmental Monitoring University of Wisconsin-Madison

            Thesis: The Integration of Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems for Great Lakes

                       Water Quality Monitoring

1986 M.S. Forestry University of Wisconsin-Madison

1985 M.S. Environmental Monitoring University of Wisconsin-Madison

1981 B.A. Biology Dartmouth College

Upcoming Publication:

The Highlands: Critical Resources, Treasured Landscapes. 2011. edited by Richard G. Lathrop Jr.

Rutgers Press due out Nov/Dec 2011.


Recent Publications (last 10 years):

Schwarz, K., S.T.A. Pickett, R.G. Lathrop, K.C. Weathers, R.V. Pouyat, M.L. Cadenasso.  

              2012. The effects of the urban built environment on the spatial distribution of lead in residential soils.

              Environmental Pollution 163: 32-39.

Zhang, Y., Z. Miao, J. Bognar, and R.G. Lathrop Jr. 2011. Landscape Scale Modeling of the

            Potential Effect of Groundwater-level Declines on Forested Wetlands in the New Jersey Pinelands.

             Wetlands 26:1112-1122. *Corresponding author.

Struwe, L., P. E. Smouse, E. Heiberg, S. Haag, & R. G. Lathrop. 2011. Spatial Evolutionary and

              Ecological Vicariance Analysis (SEEVA), a Novel Approach to Biogeography and Speciation Research,

             with an Example from Brazilian Gentianaceae. Journal of Biogeography .


Miao, Z., R. G. Lathrop Jr.**, M. Xu, I. P. LaPuma, K. L. Clark, J. Hom, N. Skowronski, and

             S. Van Tuyl. 2011. Simulation and sensitivity analysis of carbon storage and fluxes in the New Jersey Pinelands.

             Environmental Modelling & Software 26(9):1112-1122. ** Corresponding author.





McCarthy, K. and R.G. Lathrop. 2011. Stormwater Basins of the New Jersey Coastal Plain:

            Subsidies or Sinks for Frogs and Toads? Urban Ecosystems 14:395-413

            (Online First ).

Lathrop, R.G. 2009. Vegetation and Wildlife. In: Mapping New Jersey: An Evolving Landscape.

              Ed. M. Lurie and P. Wacker. Rutgers University Press, New Brunswick, NJ. pp. 34-37.

Miao, Z., M. Xu, R.G. Lathrop, and Y. Wang. 2008. Comparison of A-Cc curve fitting methods

             in determining maximum ribulose 1.5-biphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase carboxylation rate,

             potential light saturated electron transport rate and leaf dark respiration. Plant, Cell and Environment.


Niles, L.J., H. P. Sitters, A.D. Dey, P.W. Atkinson, AL.J. Baker, K.A. Bennett, R. Carmona,

           K.E. Clark, C. Espoz, P.M. Gonzalez, B.A. Harrington, D.E. Hernandez, K.S. Kalasz, R.G. Lathrop,

           R.N. Matus, C.D.T. Minton, R.I.G. Morrison, M.K. Peck, W. Pitts, R.A. Robinson, and I.L Serrano.  2008.

          Status of the Red Knot (Calidris canutus rufa) in the Western Hemisphere. Studies in Avian Biology: 36. 204 p.

Burne, M.R. and R.G. Lathrop. 2008. Remote and field identification of vernal pools.

             In: Science and Conservation of Vernal Pools in Northeastern North America.

             Ed. A. J.K. Calhoun and P.G.deMaynadier. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL. pp. 55-68.

Zampella, R.A., N.A. Procopio, R.G. Lathrop and C.L. Dow. 2007. Relationship of land-

             use/land-cover patterns and surface-water quality in the Mullica River Basin. Journal        

            American Water Resources Association 43(3): 594-604.

Lathrop, R.G., D. Tulloch, C. Hatfield. 2007. Consequences of Land Use Change in the New York-New                      

            Jersey  Highlands, USA: Landscape Indicators of Forest and Watershed Integrity. Landscape                            

            and Urban Planning 79(2):150-159.

Lathrop, R.G. 2006. The application of a ratio estimator to determine confidence limits on land use

            change mapping. International Journal of Remote Sensing. 27(10):2033-2038. 

Lee, S. and R. G. Lathrop. 2006. Sub-pixel analysis of Landsat ETM using Self-Organizing Map (SOM)

                        neural networks.  IEEE GeoScience and Remote Sensing  44(6):1642-1654.

Lathrop, R.G., M. Cole, N. Senyk and B. Butman. 2006. Seafloor habitat mapping of the New York Bight incorporating

           sidescan sonar data.  Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 68:221-230.

Lathrop, R.G., P. Montesano, and S. Haag. 2006. A multi-scale segmentation approach  to mapping seagrass habitats

 using airborne digital camera imagery. Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing 72(6):665-675.

Lathrop, R.G. and J.Hasse. 2006. Tracking New Jersey’s Changing Landscape. In: New Jersey’s Environments:

Past, Present, and Future. Ed: N. Maher. Rutgers University Press, New Brunswick, NJ. pp.. 111-127.

Lee, S. and R. G. Lathrop. 2005. Sub-pixel estimation of urban land cover components with linear mixture model analysis and

             Landsat Thematic Mapper imagery. International Journal of Remote Sensing. 26(22):4885-4905.

R.G. Lathrop, P. Montesano, J. Tesauro, and B. Zarate. 2005. Statewide mapping and assessment of

vernal pools: A New Jersey case Study. Journal of Environmental Management 76:230-238.

Conway, T. and R.G.Lathrop. 2005. Modeling the Future Ecological Consequences of Land Use Policies in an

Urbanizing Region. Environmental Management 35(3): 278-291.

Conway, T.  and R.G.Lathrop. 2005. Alternative Land Use Regulation and Environmental Impacts: Assessing

           Future Pathways for a Suburbanizing Coastal Watershed. Landscape and Urban Planning 71(1):1-15.

Downes Gastrich, M., R.G. Lathrop, S. Haag, M.P. Weinstein, M. Danko, D.A. Caron, and R. Schaffner. 2004.

Assessment of brown tide blooms, caused by Aureococcus anophagefferens, and contributing factors in

New Jersey coastal bays: 2000-2002. Harmful Algae 3:305-320.

Lathrop, R.G., and D. Tulloch, C. Hatfield, P. Parks, C. Phillipuk, J. Bognar, R. Pirani, M. Phelps and M. Hoppe.

2004. GIS-based Conservation Values Assessment of the New York-New Jersey Highlands. In: Message

 from the Tatra: Geographical Information Systems and Remote Sensing in Mountain Environmental

Research. Ed. W. Widacki, A. Bytnerowicz and A. Riebau.. Jagiellonian University Press and USDA Forest Service.

 pp. 201-216.

Hasse, J. and R.G. Lathrop. 2003. A Housing-Unit Level Approach to Characterizing Residential Sprawl.

Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing 69(9):1021-1030.

Bunnell, J.F., R.A. Zampella, R.G. Lathrop and J.A. Bognar. 2003. Landscape Changes in the Mullica River

Basin of the Pinelands National Reserve, New Jersey. Environmental Management 31(6):696-708.

Lathrop, R.G., L. Windham and P. Montesano. 2003. Does Phragmites Expansion Alter the Structure and

Function of Marsh Landscapes? Patterns and Processes Revisited. Estuaries 28(2B):423-435.

Tulloch, D. L., J. Hasse*, J. Myers*, P. Parks, and R. Lathrop. 2003. The Challenge Of Automating Public

Farmland Preservation Techniques.  Landscape and Urban Planning, 63:33-48.

Royle, D.D. and R.G. Lathrop. 2002. Discriminating Tsuga canadensis Hemlock Forest Defoliation Using

Remotely Sensed Change Detection. Journal of Nematology 34(3):213-221.

Liu, X. and R.G. Lathrop. 2002. Urban Change Detection based on an Artificial Neural Network. International

Journal of Remote Sensing 23:2513-2518.

Lathrop, R.G., R. Styles, S. Seitzinger, and J. Bognar. 2001. Use of GIS Mapping and Modeling Approaches to

Examine the Spatial Distribution of Seagrasses in Barnegat Bay, New Jersey. Estuaries  24:904-916.

Lathrop, R.G. and J.A. Bognar. 2001. Habitat Loss and Alteration in the Barnegat Bay Region.

          Journal of Coastal Research Special Issue 32:212-228.

Lathrop, R.G., M. B. Cole, and R.D. Showalter. 2000. Quantifying the habitat structure and spatial pattern of

            New Jersey (USA) salt marshes under different management regimes. Wetlands Ecology and Management 8:163-172.

Weathers, K. C., G. M. Lovett, G. E. Likens, and R. Lathrop. 2000.  The effect of four landscape                            

            features on Atmospheric deposition to the Hunter Mountain region, Catskill Mountains, NewYork.

           Ecological Applications 10:528-540.

Ongoing Research Projects:

Place-based Decision Support System to Assess Vulnerability of New Jersey’s Coast to Sea Level

Rise. NOAA CICEET Environmental Technology Development. Principal Investigator.

The StormWater Management Information System: Coastal Water Quality Enhancement Through the Use of

Geospatial Tools. NOAA CICEET Environmental Technology Development. Principal Investigator.

Effects of Nutrient Enrichment from Urbanizing Areas on the Structure and Function of a Shallow

Lagoonal Estuary: Case Study of Barnegat Bay-Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey, US EPA, Co-Principal Investigator.

Lidar-Based Terrain Analysis of the New Jersey Highlands. New Jersey Highlands Council.

  Principal Investigator.

High Resolution Fuel Bed and Defensible Space Mapping and Analysis in the Wildland Urban

Interface of the New Jersey Pine Barrens. U.S. Forest Service. Principal Investigator.




Professional Service:

Member, New Jersey Endangered and Nongame Wildlife Advisory Committee (4/1998 – present)

Member, Science Advisory Committee of the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve (1/1998- present)

Trustee, American Littoral Society (12/2002 – present)

Trustee, The Nature Conservancy, New Jersey Chapter (9/03-present)


Chair,   New Jersey Pinelands Commission Science Advisory Board (4/00 – present)

Member, Science and Technical Advisory Committee, Barnegat Bay National Estuary Program (1/1996- present)

Associate Editor, Forest Science (3/2004 –2011)





Introduction to Aerial Photo Interpretation - Fall
Digital Image Analysis - Spring

 Advanced Environmental Geomatics

Geospatial Information Science Graduate Certificate

Environmental Geomatics Undergraduate Certificate

Winter Field Ecology

Ecological Field Techniques

  Faculty Advisor to Rutgers Outdoors Club

Faculty Director of the Rutgers Ecological Preserve

New Jersey Landscape Change
New York-New Jersey Highlands Regional Study
Mapping New Jersey's Critical Wildlife Habitat
Coastal Studies
Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve
Monitoring Hemlock Forest Decline in New Jersey

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 Southampton Island

Nunavut, Canada

July 2000
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