Ian Breckheimer, Ph.D.

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Adjunct Faculty; Research Scientist in Spatial Ecology and Data Synthesis, Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory



Dr. Ian Breckheimer is a landscape ecologist and Research Scientist at Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory. In December 2019, he joined Western Colorado University as an Adjunct Professor in the School of Environment and Sustainability. Originally, from Saluda, North Carolina, Ian moved to the Gunnison Valley from Cambridge, Massachusetts after a two-year stint as a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University.  Ian’s research focuses on how landscapes (and the plants and people that live there) are adapting to global change. Much of his work links field measurements of ecological processes such as plant growth and flowering to their landscape context via imagery collected from drones, airplanes and satellites.