"Take everything as it comes; the wave passes, deal with the next one."
Tom Thompson, 1877-1917
Richard G. Lathrop Jr.
Professor of Environmental Monitoring
Department of Ecology, Evolution & Natural Resources
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
Water Quality Monitoring
1985 M.S. Environmental Monitoring University of Wisconsin-Madison
The Highlands: Critical Resources, Treasured Landscapes. 2011. edited by Richard G. Lathrop Jr.
Rutgers Press due out Nov/Dec 2011. http://rutgerspress.rutgers.edu/finalisimo_complete_FW11_catalog_lores.pdf
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 http://www.springerlink.com/content/b5g5802012wn664n/fulltext.html ).
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
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.
R.G. and J.Hasse.
Past, Present, and Future. Ed: N. Maher.
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
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.
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
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..
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
Basin of the Pinelands National Reserve,
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.
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
Lathrop, R.G. and J.A. Bognar. 2001. Habitat Loss and Alteration in the
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.
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.
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)
Winter Field Ecology
Ecological Field Techniques
New Jersey Landscape Change
New York-New Jersey Highlands Regional Study
Mapping New Jersey's Critical Wildlife Habitat
Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve
Monitoring Hemlock Forest Decline in New Jersey
"An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is an adventure wrongly considered."
G.K. Chesteron (1874-1936)
Last updated April 5, 2010