Jessica Salo

Jessica Salo

Assistant Professor

Geography & GIS
College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Contact Information

(970) 351-2777
(970) 351-2890
Candelaria 2088
Office Hours
TWR 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. or by appointment
Mailing Address
University of Northern Colorado
Department of Geography & GIS
Campus Box 115
Greeley, CO 80639


PhD, Ecology, Colorado State University
MA, Geography, Appalachian State University
BA, Geography, State University of New York at Geneseo

Professional/Academic Experience

Instructor, University of Northern Colorado, 2013 – present
Laboratory Instructor and Research Assistant, Colorado State University, 2008 – 2013
GIS Supervisor, Baker Energy (purchased by Wood Group), 2006 – 2008
GIS Team Leader, Watershed Concepts (purchased by AECOM), 2003 - 2006

Other Experience

Certified Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP), number 00058136

Research/Areas of Interest

Geographic Information Systems (GIS), landscape ecology, riparian ecosystems, land use change, physical geography, Western North America

Publications/Creative Works

Mockrin, M.H., S.E. Reed, L. Pejchar, J. Salo. 2017. Balancing housing growth and land conservation: Conservation development preserves private lands near protected areas. Landscape and Urban Planning. 157: 598-607. DOI:

Salo, J., D. Theobald, and T. Brown. 2016. Evaluation of methods for delineating potential riparian zones in semi-arid mountain regions of the Western United States. Journal of American Water Resource (JAWRA)   1-16. DOI: 10.1111/1752-1688.12414

Salo, J. and D. Theobald. 2016. A multi-scale, hierarchical model to estimate riparian zones. River Research and Applications DOI: 10.1002/rra.3019

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