Skip to content

Eben Broadbent

  • Ph.D.
  • Assistant Professor
  • University of Florida
  • 13h-indexImpact measure calculated using publication and citation counts. Updated daily.
  • 1803CitationsNumber of citations received by Eben's publications. Updated daily.

Recent publications

  • Habitat use, activity patterns and human interactions with jaguars Panthera onca in southern Belize

    • Dobbins M
    • Steinberg M
    • Broadbent E
    • et al.
    Get full text
  • Biomass resilience of Neotropical secondary forests

    • Poorter L
    • Bongers F
    • Aide T
    • et al.
    Get full text

Professional experience

Assistant Professor

University of Florida

August 2016 - Present

Assistant Professor

Department of Geography, University of Alabama

August 2014 - July 2016(2 years)

Postdoctoral Fellow

Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

October 2013 - August 2014(10 months)

Postdoctoral Fellow

Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

October 2012 - March 2014(a year)

Postdoctoral Fellow

Harvard University

October 2012 - October 2013(a year)

Research Associate

Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

January 2012 - October 2013(2 years)

Research Ecologist

Department of Global Ecology, Carnegie Institution for Science

September 2004 - August 2006(2 years)

Research Assistant

Instituto Boliviano de Investigacion Forestal

January 2002 - August 2004(3 years)

Research Ecologist

Hudsonia, Ltd. at Bard College

September 2000 - January 2002(a year)


Doctoral/Postdoctoral fellow in Sustainability Science

Harvard University

September 2011 - July 2012(10 months)

Ph.D. in Biological Sciences

Stanford University

September 2006 - June 2012(6 years)

M.S. in Tropical forestry

University of Florida

September 2004 - December 2006(2 years)

BS in Botany - Tropical specialization

University of Vermont

September 1996 - May 2000(4 years)


Eben N. Broadbent is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa, where he is also the co-director of the Spatial Ecology and Conservation (SPEC) Lab ( ). Prior to this he was a joint postdoctoral fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University ( and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institution ( His current research is based in the Osa and Golfito region of Southwest Costa Rica ( / under the guidance of Dr. Dirzo (Dept. of Biology, Stanford University), where he has collaborated with an excellent team including Angelica M. Almeyda Zambrano, Lucia Morales Barquero, Sandra L. Almeyda Zambrano, Carlos Alberto Quispe Gil, and many others, for efforts related to the marine and terrestrial ecosystems. In addition to coordinating field workshops, questionnaires, surveys, and participatory mapping efforts, he lead the remote sensing and spatial analysis of the terrestrial ecosystems of the Osa Peninsula and Golfito study area, developing new techniques merging image segmentation with spectral analysis. An upcoming research focus of the project will be linking environmental changes with human health impacts, in collaboration with Dr. Gaffiken (School of Medicine, Stanford University), and developing coupled human-environment monitoring approaches. From 2012-2013, he served as a postdoctoral fellow affiliated with the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institution and Harvard Forest, Harvard University developing future scenarios through an iterative stakeholder driven process and creating approaches to then simulating them through coupling numerical models of land use change, forest succession and disturbance and ecosystem services (InVEST). Prior to this he was a Fellow in the Sustainability Science Program of the Harvard Kennedy School, based at Harvard's Organismic and Evolutionary Biology Department where his faculty host was Prof. Noel Michele Holbrook. He is a forest ecologist (UVM BS 2000, UFL MS 2005) and received his PhD from the Department of Biology at Stanford University in 2012, where he was a Department of Energy Global Change Education Project Doctoral Research Fellow. His dissertation is titled "Forest dynamics across temporal and spatial scales". Given the broad nature of this study area my dissertation chapters encompass: (1) using Landsat imagery to assess forest fragmentation and edge effects over the Brazilian Amazon, (2) using Quickbird satellite imagery to assess limitations to methods for biomass calculation through automated crown delineation in lowland Bolivia, and (3) fusing airborne waveform LiDAR with hyperspectral imagery to model climate-productivity interactions within a tropical forest located on a elevation gradient in Hawaii. He obtained his masters in forestry from the University of Florida, where he was advised by Daniel Zarin, linking field measurements of forest regeneration in selective logging tree fall gaps in Bolivia with spectral unmixing of ASTER satellite imagery. Before starting his PhD he was a researcher in the Department of Global Ecology at the Carnegie Institution for Science, and prior to his MS, worked at the Instituto Boliviano de Investigación Forestal, and at Hudsonia, Ltd. based at Bard College. He began working in the tropics while earning his BS in botany where he investigated niche partitioning among cloud forest epiphytes. In one recent project he fuses airborne waveform LiDAR with hyperspectral imagery to model climate-productivity interactions within a tropical forest in Hawaii. For this research he was awarded a Department of Energy Global Change Education Project Doctoral Research Fellowship and a NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant. Over the last decade he has conducted research focusing on the tropics, including in the Brazilian, Bolivian, and Peruvian Amazon, Indonesia, Costa Rica, and Mexico, but also including work in California, and currently, in his childhood forests of Vermont. He is involved in projects linking social sciences with forest ecology and remote sensing, including trying to understand feedbacks between soil fertility and land use decision making in the context of rapid infrastructure development in the Amazon with a goal to improve the sustainability of agricultural practices.


Co-authors (489)

Other IDs