Assistant Professor, Natural Resources and the Environment
Ginger Allington is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, and a member of the graduate field in Natural Resources. Prior to joining Cornell University, Dr. Allington was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at George Washington University. Dr. Allington also held postdoctoral positions at the University of Michigan and National Socio-environmental Synthesis Center at the University of Maryland.
Dr. Allington is an inter-disciplinary human-environment scholar, trained as a landscape ecologist and socio-environmental system scientist. She is broadly interested in the application of systems-thinking and integrated system models to resource management challenges. Her research is focused on measuring, mapping and modeling change in complex socio-environmental systems, particularly focused on arid rangelands in Central Asia.
Ph.D., Saint Louis University
B.A., Sarah Lawrence College
We explore why and how ecosystems change in response to changes in management and climate, and what this means for the future resilience of social-ecological systems. We answer these questions using tools from ecology, geography, biogeochemistry and remote sensing. Landscape-scale questions and models rely heavily on a knowledge of the system on the ground, from the plants to the politics. Thus, our work involves a combination of fieldwork, remote sensing and modeling at multiple scales.
Allington, G.R.H., N. Kreitzer*. 2023. Detecting Land Cover Change in Rangelands. In: Cloud-Based Remote Sensing with Google Earth Engine: Fundamentals and Applications. Eds: Cardille, J., Clinton, N., Crowley, M. and Saah, D. Springer. Available online at: https://www.eefabook.org/ * student co-author
Iacone, B.*, G.R.H. Allington, R. Engstrom. 2022. A Methodology for Georeferencing and Mosaicking Corona Imagery in Semi-Arid Environments. Remote Sensing: 14, 5395. https://doi.org/10.3390/rs14215395. *student co-author
Chen, J., John, R., Yuan, J., Mack, E. A., Groisman, P., Allington, G., ... & Qi, J. 2022. Sustainability challenges for the social-environmental systems across the Asian drylands belt. Environmental Research Letters, 17, 023001. https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/ac472f
Chen, JQ, R. John, G. Sun, P. Fan, G. M. Henebry, M. E. Fernández-Giménez, Y. Zhang, H. Park, L. Tian, P. Groisman, Z. Ouyang, G.R.H., Allington, J. Wu, C. Shao, A. Amarjargal, G. Dong, F. Huettmann, R. Lafortezza, C. Crank, J. Qi. 2019. Prospects for the sustainability of Social-Ecological Systems (SES) on the Mongolian Plateau: Five critical issues. Environmental Research Letters. https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/aaf27b
Fernández-Giménez*, M.E., G.R.H. Allington*, J. Angerer, R.S. Reid, C. Jamsranjav, T. Ulambayar, K. Hondula, B. Baival, B. Batjav, T. Altanzul, Y. Baasandorj. 2018. Using an integrated social-ecological analysis to detect effects of household herding practices on indicators of rangeland resilience in Mongolia. Environmental Research Letters 13: 07510. doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/aacf6f.
Allington, G.R.H., M. Fernández-Giménez, J. Chen, D.G. Brown. 2018. Combining participatory scenario planning and systems modeling to identify drivers of future sustainability on the Mongolian Plateau. Ecology & Society 23:2. doi: 10.5751/ES-10034-230209
Allington, G.R.H., W. Li, and D.G. Brown. 2017. Urbanization and environmental policy effect on the future availability of grazing resources on the Mongolian Plateau: modeling socio-environmental system dynamics. Environmental Science and Policy 68: 35-46.
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