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Jay Skiles
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Joseph Skiles

MS: 239-20

Education: B.S., Biology, 1969
University of Redlands, Redlands, CA

M.S., Botany, 1971
University of Idaho, Moscow, ID

Ph.D., Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, 1977
University of California, Irvine, CA

Professional Experience:  
2000-present Research Scientist, Ecosystem Science and Technology Branch, NASA/Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA
1998-2000 Principal Investigator, SETI Institute, NASA/Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA
1996-1997 Senior Research Scientist, Johnson Controls World Services, NASA/Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA
1990-1995 Research Scientist, Johnson Controls World Services, NASA/Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA
1987-1990 Adjunct Faculty, Department of Biology, San Diego State Univ.
1987-1990 Research Fellow, Systems Ecology Research Group, San Diego State Univ.
1983-1986 Systems Ecologist, NW Watershed Research Center, USDA-ARS, Boise, Idaho
1979 - 1982 Research Assistant Professor/Research Associate, Systems Ecology Group, Department of Range Science, Colorado State Univ.
1978-1979 Lecturer, Program In Social Ecology, UC Irvine
1977 Teaching Assistant, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UC Irvine
1976 Lecturer, Dept. of Biology, Calif. State University at Los Angeles
1974-1976 Teaching Associate, Program In Social Ecology, UC Irvine
1975 Lecturer, Dept. of Biology, Calif. State University at Los Angeles
1974 Writer/Consultant, Biological Sciences Curriculum Study, Boulder, Colorado
1972-1974 Teaching Assistant, Program In Social Ecology, UC Irvine
1972 Research Assistant, Population and Environmental Biology, UC Irvine
1969-1971 Regents appointed Fellow as Instructional Assistant in biology, University of Idaho
1968-1969 Research Assistant, Department of Biology, University of Redlands

Scientific (Engineering) Contributions

Papers Presented:

47 papers with published abstracts presented at scientific meetings held between 1970 and present

Technical Reports:

35 technical reports and project summaries written since 1974

SPUR Document and Chapters

Citation : Wight, J. R. and J. W. Skiles (eds.). 1987. SPUR - Simulation of Production and Utilization of Rangelands: Documentation and User Guide. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, ARS-63. 367p. (Sole author for four chapters, senior author for three chapters, co-author for six chapters)

Education Contributions


Manager for the NASA ARC DEVELOP West Internship Program since March, 2003. Funded through the Application Science Program in the NASA HQ Science Mission Directorate, 49 students have passed through the ARC DEVELOP Program. One part-time cooperator through San Jose State University Foundation has been supported as well. The effort includes directing research of DEVELOP interns, seeing to equipment, computers, networks, office space, telephones and other facilities for interns. Traveling to research venues with students and professional society meetings where students present posters, make oral presentations, and submit proceedings papers is part of this effort as well.  

Honors and Awards:

• NASA Group Achievement Award, Climate and Land Data System Operations and Development Team, Goddard Space Flight Center, March 1992

• NASA Ames Research Center Contractor Council Excellence Award for OTTER CD-ROM's, November 1994

• Johnson Controls Technical Achievement Award for Education Outreach, November 1995

• Johnson Controls Technical Achievement Award for work in the ACTES Project, December 1997

• NASA Group Achievement Award as Ames Community Day Open House Team Member, May 1998

• NASA SpotLight Award for Excellence as Acting Branch Chief of the Ecosystem Science and Technology Branch, August 2001

• Certificate for Excellence In Safety, VPP Self Assessment of Code S, May 2001

• NASA SpotLight Award for Innovative Research into the Effects of Microwave Radiation on Plants, August 2002

Scientific Societies/
  • • American Association for the Advancement of Science (biological and Pacific sections)

    • California Botanical Society

    • Ecological Society of America (physiological ecology, range science and education sections)

    • International Society for Ecological Modelling

  • Publications:

    D'Antoni, H., L. Rothschild, C. Schultz, S. Burgess, and J. W. Skiles. 2007. Extreme environments in the forests of Ushuaia, Argentina. Geo. Res. Lett. , 34, L22704, doi:10.1029/2007GL031096, 2007.

    Skiles, J. W. 2006. Plant response to microwaves at 2.45 GHz. Acta Astonautica , 58: 258-263.

    D'Antoni, H. L., and J. W. Skiles. 2005. Hindcasting Ecosystems: Exploring Links Between Astrobiology and Earth Science. Astrobiology 5(2): 229.

    C. Schmidt, and J. W. Skiles. 2007. Understanding The Correlation of San Joaquin Air Quality Monitoring With Aerosol Optical Thickness Satellite Measurements. AGU Fall Meeting, Dec. 10-14, San Francisco, CA.

    Schultz, C., H. D'Antoni, S. Burgess, J. Zamora, and J. Skiles. 2007. Exteme Environments in Tierra del Fuego, Argentina. AGU Fall Meeting, Dec. 10-14, San Francisco, CA.

    Teske, C., N. Simons, F. Garcia, J. Ingham, S. Gupta, C. Schmidt, J. Skiles. 2007. Integrating Data From NASA Missions Into NOAA's Pacific Region Integrated Climatology Information Products (PRICIP) Project. AGU Fall Meeting, Dec. 10-14, San Francisco, CA.

    Brigham, C., I. Kolkowitz, M. Dolson, J. Rudy, A. Brooks, C. Hiatt, C. Schmidt, and J. W. Skiles. 2006 Object-Oriented Analysis of Sea Ice Fragmentation Using SAR Imagery to Determine Pacific Walrus Habitat. AGU Fall Meeting, Dec. 11-15, San Francisco, CA.

    Hiatt, C., C. Schmidt, and J. W. Skiles. 2006. Monitoring Invasive Species with Satellite Data. National Tribal Invasive Species Conference, Nov. 7-9, Sparks, NV.

    Skiles, J. W., and C. Schmidt. 2006. Earth Science Applications and Decision Support Tools. American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Space 2006, Conference Proceedings Series, 11(22), Sept. 18-22, San Jose, CA.

    Quarm, A., S. Risman, T. Glennon, M. Ashktorab, C. Schmidt, and J. W. Skiles. 2005. Using MODIS Imagery to Detect the Invasive Species Cheatgrass in Northwestern Utah. AGU Fall Meeting, Dec. 5-9, San Francisco, CA.

    Quinlan, B., C. Huybrechts, C. Schmidt, and J. W. Skiles. 2005. Detecting Waste Tire Sites Using Satellite Imagery. AGU Fall Meeting, Dec. 5-9, San Francisco, CA.

    Sengupta, D., J. W. Skiles, and C. L. Schmidt. 2005. Tamarisk Invasion in Northwest Nevada. Invasive Species Forecasting System Science Team Meeting, June 6-8, Fort Collins, CO.

    Skiles, J. W., C. L. Schmidt, C. Cleve, and S. Risman. 2005. Update on the DEVELOP Internship Program. Western Governor's Association Meetings, June 12-14, Breckenridge, CO.

    Syfert, M., J. Rudy, L. Anderson, C. Cleve, J. Jenkins, C. Schmidt, and J. W. Skiles. 2005. Post-Fire Regeneration Assessment in Yosemite National Park. AGU Fall Meeting, Dec. 5-9, San Francisco, CA.

    D'Antoni, H. L., and J. Skiles. 2004. Prediciendo ecosistemas del pasado en America del Sur. Presentation, Second Astrobiology Conference, NASA Ames Research Center, April 7-11, 2002, Moffett Field, CA. In International Journal of Astrobiology (Supplement 1): 10.

    Schmidt, C., J. Skiles, and M. Ruiz. 2004. Students learning earth science: The DEVELOP Internship Program at NASA Ames Research Center. American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Annual Conference, May 23-28, Denver, CO.

    Skiles, J., C. Schmidt, M. L. Ruiz, and J. Cawthorn. 2004. The DEVELOP Program as a unique applied science internship. AGU Fall Meeting, Dec. 13-17, San Francisco, CA.

    Skiles, J. W. 2003.  Plant response to microwaves at 2.45 GHz. Proc., Fifty-fourth International Astronautical Congress, Sept. 29-Oct. 3, Bremen, Germany. IAC-03-R.1.03

    Levy, D. L. and J. W. Skiles. 2000. Response of Two Legumes to Two Ultraviolet-B Radiation Regimes. NASA Contractors Report CR-209604. (September)

    Skiles, J. W. and C. W. Richardson. 1998. A Stochastic Weather Generation Model for Alaska. Ecological Modelling , 110(3): 211-232.

    Skiles, J. W., K. D. Kennedy, W. B. Rundberg, and D. L. Peterson. 1997. Using the World Wide Web for Distributed Learning: Two Examples. International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS) Proceedings 2: 957-959, August 3-8, Singapore.

    Skiles, J. W. and C. H. Schulbach. 1996. Rehosting A Mini-Computer Model On A Supercomputer. Simulation , 66(1): 43-58.

    Skiles , J. W. and J. D. Hanson. 1994. Responses of arid and semiarid watersheds to increasing carbon dioxide and climate change as shown by simulation studies. Climatic Change, 26(4): 377-397.

    Stout, W. L., L. C. Vona-Davis, J. W. Skiles, J. A. Shaffer, G. A. Jung, and R. L. Reid. 1990. Evaluating SPUR model for predicting animal gains and biomass on Eastern hill land pastures. Agricultural Systems , 34: 169-178.


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