Virginia Tech CNRE


Dr. Scott KlopferScott Klopfer

Scott Klopfer is a Certified Wildlife Biologist ® with over 20 years in wildlife and natural resources management experience. He has been a researcher at CMI for much of that time, first as a graduate student  working on his MS degree (1997) then as a Research Associate starting in 1995. He became the Director of the Conservation Management Institute in 2009 after coordinating the GIS and Remote Sensing Division for nearly 10 years. He has also worked for the US Forest Service Northeastern Research Station, the Flat Rock Brook Nature Association, and the NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation.

Scott has worked on sponsored projects with a number of state and federal agencies including the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, US Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, and the US Geological Survey. His research interests include applied landscape ecology, managing natural resources in changing landscapes, and the relationship between importance and information in decision making. Scott has a BS in Environmental Science and Forest Biology from SUNY College Environmental Science and Forestry (1992) and is presently pursuing a PhD in Geospatial and Environmental Analysis through the Department of Geography at VT.

Phone: 540-231-8825

Joby KauffmanJoby Kauffman
Forest Inventory Analyst


Joby Kauffman has an M.S. in Agricultural and Applied Economics from Virginia Tech (with a graduate certificate in geospatial information technology), an M.S. in Mathematics from East Tennessee State University, a B.A. in Mathematics from Millersville University, and is pursuing a Ph.D. in Geospatial and Environmental Analysis at Virginia Tech.  Joby comes to CeNRADS from a faculty position at Ferrum College where he taught mathematics and statistics.  Joby applies his quantitative experience and expertise to forest inventory data analysis, geospatial analysis of road networks and distance zones, and remote sensing for forest cover mapping.


Xiaozheng YaoXiaozheng Yao
Agent-Based Model Designer


Xiaozheng Yao has an M.S. in Computer Science from East Carolina University and a B.S. in Electronic Engineering from Sichuan University in China.  Yao has over six years of experience programming agent-based models (ABM) at UNC-Chapel Hill, where she applied agent-based models to land use change in the Ecuadorian Amazon, to agricultural production in Nang Rong, Thailand, and to migration from armed conflict in Nepal.  In addition to her ABM experience, she is proficient in ArcGIS web development, SQL database management, and programming in Java, Python, and several other languages.  Yao will be developing an ABM for wood supply sustainability analysis.


Center Activity:

June 2016 Quarterly Report

Assessment of Virginia’s
Commercial Wood Supply

Summary of Nonindustrial Private
Landowner Survey in Virginia

Assessing the Sustainability of Virginia’s Commercial Wood Supply- Presentation to Virginia Forestry Summit, April 15, 2015

Contact Us:

 Center for Natural Resources
Assessment and Decision Support

Corporate Research Center
1900 Kraft Drive, Suite 250
Moss Building (Mail Code 0534)
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Phone: 540-231-5833
FAX:  540-231-7019



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