Jodi Brandt (PhD)

Jodi Brandt (PhD) is an assistant professor in the Human-Environment Systems Center at Boise State University (Idaho, USA). She collaborates with BIHS to teach and research about Human-Environment Systems in Bhutan and the Himalayan Mountains. Website Link:

Research Interests

  • Land use and Land Cover Change,
  • Ecosystem Services,
  • Sustainability Science,
  • Biodiversity Conservation,
  • Remote Sensing,
  • Geospatial Analysis,
  • Policy Impact Analysis


  • Dartmouth College, Hanover NH, Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Environmental Studies
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Natural Resources and Environment
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, Ph.D. in Forest and Wildlife Ecology
  • University Maryland, MS in Ecology and Environmental Science
  • B.A. in Geology & Geophysics

Professional Experience

  • Human Environment Systems Initiative, College of Innovation and Design, Boise State University


  • Brandt, J. S., C. Nolte, and A. Agrawal. 2016. Deforestation and timber production in Congo after implementation of sustainable forest management policy. Land Use Policy 52:15-22.
  • Brandt, J. S., V. Butsic, B. Schwab, T. Kuemmerle, and V. C. Radeloff. 2015. The relative effectiveness of protected areas, a logging ban, and sacred areas for old-growth forest protection in southwest China. Biological Conservation 181:1-8.
  • Wood, E. M., J. S. Brandt, A. M. Pidgeon, and V. C. Radeloff. 2015. Habitat-occupancy associations and tree-species use patterns by breeding birds in Tibetan sacred forests. Biodiversity and Conservation 24:129-148
  • Hudson, L. N., et. al 2014. The PREDICTS database: a global database of how local terrestrial biodiversity responds to human impacts. Ecology and Evolution 4:4701-4735.
  • Brandt, J. S., C. Nolte, J. Steinberg, and A. Agrawal. 2014. Foreign capital, forest change and regulatory compliance in Congo Basin forests. Environmental Research Letters 9.
  • Haynes, M. A., K.-J. S. Kung, J. S. Brandt, Y. Yang, and D. M. Waller. 2014. Accelerated climate change and its potential impact on Yak herding livelihoods in the eastern Tibetan plateau. Climatic Change 123:147-160. CV, J. Brandt Page 2
  • Allendorf, T. D., J. S. Brandt, and J. M. Yang. 2014. Local perceptions of Tibetan village sacred forests in northwest Yunnan. Biological Conservation 169:303-310.
  • Brandt, J. S., M. A. Haynes, T. Kuemmerle, D. M. Waller, and V. C. Radeloff. 2013. Regime shift on the roof of the world: Alpine meadows converting to shrublands in the southern Himalayas. Biological Conservation 158:116-127.
  • Brandt, J. S., E. M. Wood, A. M. Pidgeon, L.-X. Han, Z. Fang, and V. C. Radeloff. 2013. Sacred forests are keystone structures for forest bird conservation in southwest China's Himalayan Mountains. Biological Conservation 166:34-42.
  • Brandt, J. S., T. Kuemmerle, H. Li, G. Ren, J. Zhu, and V. C. Radeloff. 2012. Using Landsat imagery to map forest change in southwest China in response to the national logging ban and ecotourism development. Remote Sensing of Environment 121:358-369.
  • Brandt, J. S., and P. A. Townsend. 2006. Land use - land cover conversion, regeneration and degradation in the high elevation Bolivian Andes. Landscape Ecology 21:607-623.