Dr. Andrew Sánchez Meador



Andrew Sánchez Meador received his B.S. and M.S. (Forestry) from Mississippi State University, specializing in forest ecology, longleaf pine growth and yield, and artificial intelligence. Andrew completed his PhD (Forest Science) in December 2006, after which he began his career with the US Forest Service Washington Office (USFS-WO), then the Lincoln National Forest (LNF) in southern New Mexico, and now as Assistant Professor of Forest Biostatistics and Quantitative Ecology in the School of Forestry at Northern Arizona University, with a joint appointment as the Program Director of Biometrics and Forest Management with the Ecological Restoration Institute.

Andrew has made tremendous contributions towards solving problems at the interface between federal land management, applied forest science and restoration ecology; all the while maintaining an active role in the research and professional community. Andrew’s research has resulted in numerous articles in internationally recognized scientific journals such as the Journal of Vegetation Science, Ecology and Society, Restoration Ecology, and Forest Ecology and Management. Specifically, his work quantifying fine-scale spatial patterns and reference conditions for ponderosa pine has been extremely well received and is part of a body of knowledge being used as the scientific basis for new National Forest Plans in the Southwestern Region of the Forest Service.

Professionally, Andrew currently serves on the Review & Evaluation Committee for the Southwest Fire Science Consortium, is a Board Member (Western Region) on the Forest Science and Technology Board of the Society of American Foresters, is a University/Academic Representative for the USFS Southwestern Region’s Silviculture Certification Panel, and is the recipient of the 2012 SAF SW Section’s Outstanding Contribution to Forestry Award.