UCF Biology

John Weishampel

Research Area(s): Landscape ecology (how landscape pattern influences ecological processes and biodiversity).


Dr. Weishampel’s primary research interest is in the field of landscape ecology, i.e., how landscape pattern influences ecological processes and biodiversity. Using simulation models coupled with field observations, he explores how the interplay between abiotic conditions (e.g., habitat structure, natural and anthropogenic disturbance regimes) and biotic processes (e.g., competition, dispersal, growth, succession) governs the behavior of plants and animals at landscape scales. One emphasis of his research is to use models, interfaced with remote sensing (from satellite and airborne instruments) and geographic information systems (GIS), to explore spatial properties of ecological systems to better understand compositional, structural, and functional biodiversity in terrestrial, freshwater, and marine systems.

GAMES Lab: http://games.cos.ucf.edu



  • Weishampel, J. F., J. N. Hightower, A. F. Chase, and D. Z. Chase. Use of airborne LiDAR to delineate canopy degradation and encroachment along the Guatemala-Belize border. 2012. Tropical Conservation Science. 5: 12-24.
  • Chase, A. F., D. Z. Chase, J. F. Weishampel, J. B. Drake, R. L. Shrestha, K. L. Slatton, J. J. Awe, and W. E. Carter. 2011. Airborne LiDAR, archaeology, and the ancient Maya landscape at Caracol, Belize. Journal of Archaeological Science. 38: 387-398.
  • Duncan, B. W., J. F. Weishampel, and S. H. Peterson. 2011. Simulating a natural fire regime on an Atlantic coast barrier island complex in Florida, USA. Ecological Modelling. 222: 1639-1650.
  • Weishampel, J. F., D. A. Bagley, L. M. Ehrhart, and A. C. Weishampel. 2010. Nesting phenologies of two sympatric sea turtle species related to sea surface temperature. Endangered Species Research. 12: 41-47.
  • Hannan, L. B., J. D. Roth, L. M. Ehrhart, and J. F. Weishampel. 2007. Dune vegetation fertilization by nesting sea turtles. Ecology 88: 1053-1058.
  • Weishampel, J. F., J. B. Drake, A. Cooper, J. B. Blair, and M. Hofton. 2007. Forest canopy recovery from the 1938 hurricane and subsequent salvage damage measured with airborne LiDAR. Remote Sensing of Environment 190: 142-153.
  • Weishampel, J. F., D. A. Bagley, and L. M. Ehrhart. 2004. Earlier nesting by loggerhead sea turtles following sea surface warming. Global Change Biology 10: 1425-1428.
  • Husk, G. J., J. F. Weishampel, and W. H. Schlesinger. 2004. Mineral dynamics in Spanish moss, Tillandsia usneoides L. (Bromeliaceae) from Central Florida, USA. The Science of the Total Environment 321: 165-172.
  • Boutet, J.C. and J. F. Weishampel. 2003. Spatial pattern analysis of pre- and post-hurricane forest canopy structure. Landscape Ecology 18: 553-559.
  • Weishampel, J. F., D. A. Bagley, L. M. Ehrhart, and B. L. Rodenbeck. 2003. Spatiotemporal patterns of annual sea turtle nesting behaviors along an East Central Florida beach. Biological Conservation 110: 295-303.
  • Drake, J. B., R. O. Dubayah, D. B. Clark, R. G. Knox, J. B. Blair, M. A. Hofton, R. L. Chazdon, J. F. Weishampel, and S. Prince. 2002. Estimation of tropical forest structural characteristics using large-footprint lidar. Remote Sensing of Environment 79: 305-319.
  • Weishampel, J. F., J. R. Godin, and G. M. Henebry. 2001. Pantropical dynamics of ‘intact’ rain forest canopy texture. Global Ecology and Biogeography 10: 389-398.
  • Weishampel, J. F., J. B. Blair, R. G. Knox, R. Dubayah, and D. B. Clark. 2000. Volumetric lidar return patterns from an old-growth tropical rainforest canopy. International Journal of Remote Sensing 21: 409-415.
  • Yeakley, J. A. and J. F. Weishampel. 2000. Multiple source pools and dispersal barriers for Galapagos plant species distribution. Ecology 81: 893-898.
  • Waring, R. H., J. B. Way, R. Hunt, Jr., L. Morrisey, K. J. Ranson, J. F. Weishampel, R. Oren, and S. E. Franklin. 1995. Imaging radar for ecosystem studies. BioScience 45: 715-723.
  • Weishampel, J. F. 1990. Maintaining genetic variation in a one-way, two island model. Journal of Wildlife Management 54: 676-682.



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