Understanding our environment

Ed Martinko

Director, Kansas Biological Survey
Professor of Ecology
Professor of Environmental Studies
Primary office:
108B Higuchi Hall


Academic degrees
Ph.D., Entomology (Ecology), University of Kansas, 1976
M.A., Physiology, University of Colorado, 1970
B.S., Chemistry, Biology, College of Emporia, 1967

Selected awards
Wally and Marie Steeples Faculty Award for Outstanding Service to the People of Kansas, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Kansas, 1999
Outstanding Service Award, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1991-1994
Outstanding Performance Certificate of Recognition, State of Kansas, 1987
National Science Foundation Predoctoral Traineeship, 1967-1968
Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities, 1966

Area of specialization
Remote sensing applications, GIS technology, landscape ecology

Courses taught
Principles of Biology
Introduction to Environmental Studies
Environmental Impact Assessment—Graduate Level
Air Pollution
Global Habitability
Contemporary Environmental Issues
Biological Indicators of Ecological Change
Ecosystem Management

Research interests

  • Applications of remote sensing and geographic information systems technology
  • Community, ecosystem, and landscape ecology (Natural and anthropogenic changes in communities and ecosystems; spatial and temporal dimensions of change as an intellectual framework for the analysis of applied problems; human impacts on the environment and national biological diversity as they relate to habitat quality, land use change, and natural resource and ecosystem management; insect community ecology.)

Selected grants and contracts
Total awards: 94 awards, $19.6 million; Principal Investigator, $9.5 million; Co-Principal Investigator, $10.4 million.

Kansas Water Office. Bathymetric Survey of John Redmond Reservoir. M. E. Jakubauskas, P.I, J. deNoyelles, and E.A. Martinko, Co-P.I.s. 7/1/13-6/30/14. Total support: $50,000.

Kansas Water Office. Characterization and Mapping of Sediment Thickness and Pattern in John Redmond Reservoir. M. E. Jakubauskas, P.I., J. deNoyelles, and E.A. Martinko, Co-P.I.s. 7/1/13-6/30/14. Total Support: $20,000.

Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks. Supporting Natural Resources Management Objective using GIS and Remote Sensing Technologies. M.E.Houts, P.I., E.A. Martinko, Co-P.I. 7/1/13-6/30/14. Total Support: $90,025.

Kansas Water Office. Bathymetric Surveys of Kansas Reservoirs Containing Public Water Supplies. M. E. Jakubauskas P. I., J. deNoyelles and E. A. Martinko Co-P.I.s. 7/1/12-6/30/13. Total Support: $155,000.

National Science Foundation EPSCoR Program. Understanding and Forecasting Ecological Change: Causes, Trajectories and Consequences of Environmental Change in the Central Plains. K.B. James, P.I., L. Krishtalka, E.A. Martinko, and V.S. Frost Co-P.I.s. 04/01/06-03/31/09. Total Support: $3,599,977.

Kansas Information Technology Office. Kansas Next-Generation Land Use/Land Cover Mapping Initiative. E.A. Martinko P.I., M.E. Jakubauskas, S.L. Egbert, and J.L. Whistler Co-P.I.s. 07/01/06-06/30/09. Total Support: $298,032.

National Science Foundation. Enhancement of Research and Education Facilities at the University of Kansas Field Station. B.L. Foster P.I., H.M Alexander, S.A. Billings, F.J. deNoyelles, W.D. Kettle, E.A. Martinko, K.P. Price V. Smith, and J.K. Ward Co-P.I.s. 11/15/04 –10/31/07. Total Support: $323,538.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Watershed Classification System for Tiered Diagnosis of Biological Impairments: A Scalable, Central Plains Focus with National Applicability. E.A. Martinko, P.I., J. Thorp, M. Jakubauskas, D. Huggins, J. Whistler, F. deNoyelles, J. Dobson, P. Liechti, and K. Price, Co-P.I.s. 03/03/03 – 03/02/06. Total Support: $1,149,266.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Linking Remote Sensing, Land Use, and Carbon Sequestration: Insights from Leaf to Landscape Scales in America’s Heartland. K.P. Price, P.I., E.A. Martinko, S.L. Egbert, M.E. Jakubauskas, T. Crooks, J.L. Whistler, B. Foster, C. Martin, K. Kindscher, D. Kettle, and H. Tian, Co-P.I.s. 06/01/01 – 05/31/04. Total Support: $997,800.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Remote Sensing-Based Geostatistical Modeling for Coniferous Forest Inventory and Characterization. M. Jakubauskas, P.I., K.P. Price and E.A. Martinko, Co-P.I.s. 04/01/99 – 03/31/02. Total Support: $560,000.

Recent publications

Martinko, E. and J. deNoyelles, K. Bosnak, M. Jakubauskas, D. Huggins, J. Kastens, A. Shreders, D. Baker, A. Blackwood, S. Campbell, and C. Rogers. 2013. Atlas of Kansas Lakes: A Resource for communities, policy makers, and planners. A Publication of the Kansas Biological Survey. 240 pp.

Johnson, J.B., R.H. Hagen, and E.A. Martinko. 2010. Effect of succession and habitat area on wandering spider (Araneae) abundance in an experimental landscape. Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society 83(2):141-153.

Peterson, D., J. Whistler, C. Bishop, S. Egbert, E. Martinko. 2009. The Kansas Next-Generation Land Use/Land Cover Mapping Initiative. In: ASPRS Proceedings, 2009 Annual Conference [CD-ROM], Baltimore, MD, March 9-13, 2009, 12 pp.

Martinko, E.A., R.H. Hagen, and J.A. Griffith. 2006. Successional change in the insect community of a fragmented landscape. Landscape Ecology 21:711-721.

Kastens, J.H., T.L. Kastens, D.L.A. Kastens, K.P. Price, E.A. Martinko, and R. Lee. 2005. Image masking for crop yield forecasting using time-series AVHRR NDVI imagery. Remote Sensing of Environment. 99(2005):341-356.

Peterson, D.L., S.L. Egbert, K.P. Price, and E.A. Martinko. 2004. Identifying historical and recent land cover changes in Kansas using post-classification change detection techniques. Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science. 107(3/4):105-118.

Dunbar, M.D., L.M. Moskal, M.E. Jakubauskas, J.E. Dobson, and E.A. Martinko. 2003. Computer visualization of forest cover change: Human impacts in northeastern Kansas and natural disturbance in Yellowstone National Park. Proceedings, American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Annual Convention, Anchorage, AK, May 2003.

Moskal, L.M., M.E. Jakubauskas, K.P. Price and E.A. Martinko. 2003. Remote sensing-based geostatistical estimation of leaf area index (LAI) in the Yellowstone coniferous forest. Proceedings, American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Annual Convention, Anchorage, AK, May 2003. (CD-ROM)

Griffith, J., E.A. Martinko, J.L. Whistler, and K.P. Price. 2002. Preliminary comparison of landscape pattern-NDVI relationships to Central Plains stream conditions. Journal of Environmental Quality 31(3):846-859.

Peterson, D.L., K.P. Price, and E.A. Martinko. 2002. Investigating grazing intensity and range condition of grasslands in northeastern Kansas using Landsat Thematic Mapper data. Geocarto International 17(4):13-24.

Public service (selected list)
Kansas Nature Conservancy Tallgrass Prairie Legacy Steering Committee, 2005-present
Kansas Water Authority, 2004-present
Kansas Geographic Information System Policy Board, 1989-present
Governor’s Wind and Prairie Task Force, 2003-2004
Kansas Nature Conservancy Stewardship Committee, 1996-2003
Kansas Nature Conservancy Board of Trustees, 1989-1991
Kansas Water Research Steering Committee, 1987-1990
Kansas Commission on Applied Remote Sensing, 1984-1987
Kansas Water Quality Task Force, 1983-1984

Other professional experience

NASA Great Plains Regional Earth Science Applications Center (RESAC), Lawrence, KS 1999-present
Director and Principal Investigator, 1999-present

  • Provides scientific leadership for the development of remote sensing applications research addressing issues of global climate change, agricultural and grassland productivity, and wildlife management
  • Facilitates technology transfer to the public and private sectors
  • Guides and stimulates the development of new commercial remote sensing products in response to end user needs

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C., Office of Research and Development, 1991-1994 (Intergovernmental Personnel Agreement [IPA] Leave)
Director, Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Program (EMAP)

  • Administered $42,000,000 annual budget
  • Supervised staff of 18 national directors and coordinators, as well as 65 employees in nine national laboratories
  • Initiated strategic planning and budgeting process for long-term monitoring and assessment
  • Coordinated scientific peer reviews and planned new research initiative
  • Co-developed new long-term ecological research strategy
  • Reorganized and refocused landscape ecology/characterization program

Consultant, 1998
Chairperson, National Search Committee for Director, Environmental Sciences Division, National Exposure Research Laboratory, U.S. EPA, Las Vegas.

Consultant, 2001
Chairperson, Scientific Peer Review Panel, Research Programs of the Ecological Exposure Research Division, National Exposure Research Laboratory, U.S. EPA, Cincinnati.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Washington, D.C.
Lead Reviewer, NASA Earth Science Enterprise
1999 Remote Sensing Applications Research in Agriculture, Forestry, and & Range Resources Management (AGNRA) Scientific Review Panel


Follow the Kansas Biological Survey and KU Field Station
Facebook  Twitter