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Dr. Stephen Stehman Named ESF Exemplary Researcher

Award recognizes work in the field and classroom

Dr. Stephen Stehman, a professor in ESF's Department of Forest and Natural Resources Management was named the college's Exemplary Researcher for 2016-17.

Stehman, a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor, is "an outstanding researcher who brings a quiet passion to his courses and imparts unsurpassed knowledge of his field of study, statistics, to his students," said ESF President Quentin Wheeler, in announcing the honor.

Stehman is author or co-author of dozens of scholarly works, including a key article in "Science" titled, "High Resolution Global Maps of 21st Century Forest Cover Change." He has reviewed more than 132 manuscripts in the past several years and ranks among the most highly cited authors at ESF. He has mentored a large number of graduate and undergraduate students and has served on more than 55 master's and doctoral committees.

He serves as associate editor for "Remote Sensing of Environment" and "Remote Sensing Letters." His recent work on the mapping of tropical forest loss, in "Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences," received national press attention.

Stehman's scholarship is widely known beyond New York, and he has been supported by more than 10 grants from NASA and USGS over the past six years. He has given keynote addresses in China, Quebec City and Anchorage, Alaska. He presented talks on sampling design, forest loss, and accuracy assessment at the GOFC-GOLD Symposium on Forest and Land Cover Observations, Jena, Germany, in 2008. He gave a talk in Corvallis, Oregon, titled "Identifying Issues Related to Statistically Rigorous Use of Geo-Wiki for Accuracy Assessment and Area Estimation," in June 2011. In September 2012, he presented at ForestSAT 2012, a conference promoting science-based applications of remote sensing and other spatial data in forested systems.

Stehman received his Ph.D. from Cornell University in biometry in 1990; M. S. from Oregon State University in statistics in 1982, and B.S. from Pennsylvania State University in biology in 1979.

The college-level award, now in its 11th year, recognizes successful, currently active researchers with exemplary research activity, publication record and a graduate/undergraduate student mentorship program.