Andrew J. Lister

  • PhD Student, Forest Resources
Andrew J. Lister
11 Campus Blvd.
Ste. 200

Newtown Square, PA 19073
Work Phone: 610-269-5599


  1. BS: Tufts University, 1992
  2. MS: Virginia Tech, 1999

I am currently a Research Forester with the USDA Forest Service's Northern Research Station Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Program. I received my bachelor's degree from Tufts University in Biology and Environmental Studies, and worked as a field botanist in South Carolina prior to joining the Peace Corps in 1993. I lived and worked in Panama as a Peace Corps volunteer for 2 years, focusing on transmitting nonformal teaching techniques and environmental education strategies to primary school teachers. After the Peace Corps, I worked as a botanist in Georgia, and then obtained my Master's degree from Virginia Tech in Forest Biology. My wife Tonya and I now both work for the Forest Service in Newtown Square, PA. We have two children, aged 9 and 11.

My research focus with the Forest Service has been the geospatial aspects of forest inventory technique development, and includes forest fragmentation research, remote sensing techniques (geostatistics, data mining, and other multivariate analysis approaches to image classification), and ground data-remote sensing integration for inventory variance reduction. I have recently been very involved in technology transfer efforts in both Central America and the Andes-Amazon region of South America. We are actively involved as technical advisers to the Peruvian National Forest Inventory Design Team, and are working with Colombia and Ecuador on carbon monitoring and other inventory techniques.

At Penn State, I hope to continue my work in these areas, focusing on inventory design and efficiency improvement methods, including sample and plot design research, use of remote sensing data such as LiDAR for efficiency improvement, and geospatial modelling of inventory attributes.