Portrait of Christian Torgersen

Christian Torgersen

Affiliate Assistant Professor

Environmental & Forest Sciences

As a research landscape ecologist with the U.S. Geological Survey and an affiliate assistant professor of environmental and forest sciences, Christian’s research focuses on measuring and explaining how landscapes and aquatic systems change in space and time in relation to human impacts and climate. Much of his work focuses on how the scale at which scientists make observations influences their understanding of ecological patterns and processes. He uses numerous approaches from his background in geography, including remote sensing, spatial statistics, and geographical information systems (GIS), in projects on thermal patterns in rivers and spatial modeling in stream networks and watersheds. He is stationed at the Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center, Cascadia Field Station located on campus.