Areas of Study
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Taylor Science Center 1027

Heather Kropp’s research investigates the impacts of climate change on plants and the subsequent consequences for energy and water cycling. Her research spans desert, boreal, and Arctic ecosystems. 

Kropp applies big datasets and statistical computing approaches to examine the impact of climate change from leaf to global scales. She teaches on topics related to high latitude ecosystems, geospatial analysis, and environmental data science.

Before joining Hamilton’s faculty, she was a postdoctoral research associate and visiting faculty at Colgate University. Kropp completed a B.S. from The Evergreen State College and received a Ph.D. in the environmental life sciences at Arizona State University in 2015.

Recent Courses Taught

Environmental Data Science
Changing Arctic Ecosystems

Select Publications

  • H. Kropp, M. M. Loranty, S. M. Natali, A. Kholodov, H. D. Alexander, N. Zimov, M. Mack, S. Spawn. 2019. Tree density influences ecohydrological drivers of plant water relations in a larch boreal forest in Siberia. Ecohydrology.
  • M.M. Loranty, S. Davydov, H. Kropp, H. D. Alexander, M. Mack, S. Natali, and N. Zimov. 2018NDVI does not capture landscape scale vegetation dynamics in upland Siberian larch forests. Remote Sensing
  • M. M. Loranty, B. W. Abbot, D. Block, T. A. Douglas, H. E. Epstein, B. C. Forbes, B. M. Jones, A. L. Kholodov, H. Kropp, and 10 others. 2018. Changing ecosystem influences on soil thermal regimes in northern high-latitude permafrost regions. Biogeosciences Discussions.
  • H. Kropp, M.M. Loranty, H.D. Alexander, L.T. Berner, S.M. Natali, S. A. Spawn. 2017. Environmental constraints on transpiration and stomatal conductance in a Siberian Arctic boreal forest. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences. 122.
  • H. Kropp, K. Ogle, E. Vivoni, K.R. Hultine. 2017. The sensitivity of evapotranspiration to inter-specific plant neighbor interactions: implications for models. Ecosystems.

Professional Affiliations

American Geophysical Union
Ecological Society of America

Appointed to the Faculty


Educational Background

Ph.D., Arizona State University
B.S., Evergreen State College

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