Sunil Kumar

Last name: 
Kumar
Sunil Kumar
GBC Committee Role: 
Member

Sunil Kumar is a Research Scientist at Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory (NREL), and an Affiliate Faculty at the Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability, Colorado State University. His current research interests include species distribution modeling, pest risk analyses, effects of climate change on species distributions, and effects of habitat heterogeneity on native and invasive species. He uses ecological niche modeling, and geospatial (GIS and remote sensing) and statistical tools to assess the risk of harmful invasive species and quantify threats to agricultural biosecurity. He is also PI on a USDA funded project entitled “Pest risk analyses for temperate fruit flies in exported fruits”. He is currently advising MS and PhD students and co-taught “Niche Models” course at CSU.

Sunil grew up in northern India (Bijnor district) and earned BS in Mathematics (M.J.P. Rohailkhand University, Bareilly), and MS in Forest Ecology & Management from the Forest Research Institute (FRI) University, Dehradun (India). He was one of the first 30 Ford Foundation International Fellows (IFP-Fellow) from India (Cohort-1, 2001). He is a GDPE alumnus and received his PhD in Ecology in May 2007 from Colorado State University. Before coming to CSU in August 2002 he worked in India’s Central Himalayas for four years (1998-2002) in International Geosphere Biosphere Program (IGBP) project where he worked on the modeling and mapping of plant biodiversity. His PhD research was on quantifying the effects of landscape heterogeneity on native and exotic plants and butterfly diversity in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, US.

Title/Role: 
Research Scientist II
Phone: 
9704917056
Research Interests (Specific): 
Ecological niche modeling, landscape ecology, species invasions, pest risk analysis, spatial ecology, geospatial analyses, remote sensing, GIS, spatial statistics, community ecology, and biomass modeling.
Research Projects: 
Project Title: 
Assessing the Potential for Establishment of Western Cherry Fruit Fly (Rhagoletis indifferens) using Ecological Niche Modeling
Project Location: 
United States
Project Location Coordinates: 
42.231485, -111.331503
Project Location Details: 
11 Western US States and Southern British Columbia, Canada
Study Species: 
Western Cherry Fruit Fly (Rhagoletis indifferens)
Project Citations: 

Kumar, S., Neven, L.G. and Yee, W.L. 2014. Assessing the Potential for Establishment of Western Cherry Fruit Fly (Rhagoletis indifferens) using Ecological Niche Modeling. Journal of Economic Entomology (In Press).

Project Title: 
Predicting potential risk of spread of bat White-Nose Syndrome (WNS) in the United States
Project Location: 
United States
Project Location Coordinates: 
39.337398, -91.160605
Project Location Details: 
Eastern United States up to 100th Meridian in the west
Study Species: 
Geomyces destructans
Project Citations: 

Flory, A., Kumar, S., Stohlgren, T. J., and Cryan, P. (2012). Environmental conditions associated with bat White-Nose Syndrome mortality in the north-eastern United States. Journal of Applied Ecology, 49: 680-689.

Project Title: 
Modeling the Potential Distribution of Invasive Crazy Ants Nylanderia fulva in southern United States
Project Location: 
United States
Project Location Coordinates: 
32.882954, -95.379355
Project Location Details: 
Southern US States
Study Species: 
Nylanderia fulva