Greg Asner, PhD

Greg Asner, PhD


ASU's Center for Global Discovery and Conservation Science

Greg Asner is the director of ASU's Center for Global Discovery and Conservation Science. He serves on the faculty of the School of Ocean Futures (primary) and the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning (secondary). Asner is an ecologist recognized for his exploratory and applied research on ecosystems and climate change at regional to global scales. His research spans the areas of spatial ecology and biodiversity, coral reefs, terrestrial carbon cycle, animal-habitat interactions, and climate change. Asner has published hundreds of scientific articles and has served in numerous national and international programs with NASA, the US State Department, and the United Nations. He is a recipient of multiple scientific and sustainability awards and is an elected member of the US National Academy of Sciences.


  • Ph.D. Biology, University of Colorado-Boulder 1997
  • M.S. Geography, University of Colorado-Boulder 1995
  • BS Engineering (Radiative Physics), University of Colorado-Boulder 1991