GIS Lab: University of Missouri, School of Natural Resources
GIS Lab: University of Missouri, School of Natural Resources

Christopher W. Bobryk

Christopher Bobryk
Curriculum Vitae


B.S., Environmental Science, Wayne State University

M.S., Biology, Eastern Illinois University

Research Interests:

My global interests are in landscape ecology. Specifically, I am a spatial ecologist fascinated with concepts of systems ecology, forest sustainability, soundscape ecology, and coupled human and natural systems (CHANS). I find thinking spatially at landscape levels provides an avenue to explore the functions of ecosystems in a new way. This provokes a deeper curiosity for understanding variations in patterns, processes, biotic interactions, and socio-environmental behaviors over space and time. This presents an entirely new realm of complex challenges, which I find absolutely intriguing. These challenges often lead to theoretical or quantitative methods for examining the nature of biological, physical, and social environments. My earlier research into landscape processes entail predictive modeling for radiocesium (137Cs) contamination distributions in wildlife, hyporheic zone dynamics in freshwater streams, and developing hybrid modeling approaches for estimating forest biomass distributions. Future research is leading towards cellular automata integrative modeling floodplain connectivity, and acoustic complexity.


I was first attracted to landscape ecology while pursuing my Master’s degree at Eastern Illinois University. The topic of fractal dimensions in describing landscapes at various hierarchical scales is what activated my scientific inquiry into how ecological processes change with scale of observations. The concept of inferring causations or processes in nature through understanding infinitely complex object configurations and patterns was powerful enough for me to pursue an advanced degree. As I delve deeper into the realm of ecosystem research, I am becoming more curious about human-environment interactions and how the transformation of the landscape is affecting connectivity across scales of space, time, and complexity. These are issues I plan to tackle as I continue research as a doctoral student at the University of Missouri.

Research Project Description:

Currently, the central theme of my research is developing hybrid statistical models for investigating dynamics of aboveground forest biomass (AFB) within the Missouri River corridor. I use a series of parameters derived from U.S. Forest Service Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) data, historic general land office (GLO) inventory data, GIS-based landscape variables, and remote sensing indices to derive historical, theoretical, and realized potential AFB. Predicting potential biomass envelopes provides a mechanism to identify priority areas where AFB has the greatest probability to increase and be managed for procurement, conservation, or floodplain restoration. Information derived from model outputs may be used to support additional research into implementing better management practices for forest monitoring, sustainable ecosystem management, and establishing the groundwork for piloting research into the duality of biomass utilization for energy and conservation along the large, multipurpose Missouri River corridor.


Peer Review

Bobryk, Christopher W., Karen F. Gaines, James M. Novak, and Susan A. Blas. 2013. A Spatially Explicit Exposure Model to Predict Radiocesium Body Burdens of White-tailed Deer on the U.S. Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site, Human and Ecological Risk Assessment: An International Journal, 19:3, 635-660. DOI: 10.1080/10807039.2012.691813


Zhiwei Wu, Hong S. He, Christopher W. Bobryk, Yu Liang. 2013. Effects of grain size on relationships of vegetation and topography with burn severity in a boreal forest landscape on northeastern China. Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research, In Review (12/29/2012).

In Preparation

Bobryk, Christopher W., Hong S. He, and Shibu Jose: Modeling aboveground forest biomass potential using historical and contemporary forest inventory data within the Missouri River corridor, USA. 2013. Biomass and Bioenergy.

Farina A., C. Bobryk, N. Pieretti, E. Lattanzi, and J. McWilliam. Low cost recording (LCR) for advancing soundscape ecology towards the conservation of sonic complexity and biodiversity. 2013. Conservation Biology.


Bobryk, Christopher. W., Hong S. He, and Shibu Jose. Predicting aboveground forest biomass potential within the Missouri River corridor; 97th Ecological Society of America National Conference, Minneapolis, MN.

Bobryk, Christopher. W., Hong S. He, and Shibu Jose. Modeling the dynamics of aboveground forest biomass within the Missouri River corridor; Inaugural SEC Symposium: “Impact of the Southeast by the World’s Renewable Energy Future”, Atlanta, GA.

Bobryk, Christopher. W., Brice Hanberry, Shibu Jose, and Hong S. He, 2012, Identifying Ecological Niches Using Historic and Contemporary Aboveground Forest Biomass (AFB) Densities within the Missouri River Corridor; Missouri National Resource Conference – accepted for 2012 MNRC. View image

Bobryk, C. W., Karen F. Gaines, James M. Novak and Susan S. Dyer, 2009, A Spatially Explicit Exposure Model to predict white-tailed deer radiocesium body burdens on the Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site; The Wildlife Society – accepted for 2009 TWS National Conference. View image

Bobryk, C. W. and L.D. Lemke, 2007, Variation in Hyporheic Zone Characteristics Beneath a Michigan Freshwater Stream; Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs 39(6) – accepted for 2007 GSA National Conference.

Other Interests:

I am an avid writer, runner, and outdoorsman who is always searching for new adventures and experiences.

Contact Information:

Christopher W. Bobryk
School of Natural Resources
University of Missouri-Columbia
203 Anheuser-Busch Natural Resources Building
Columbia, MO U. S. A. 65211-7270
Tel: 573-882-7242 Fax: 573-882-1977