Fairbanks Office

Gerald V. Frost, Ph.D.

Senior Scientist

Gerald V. Frost, Ph.D.

  • Plant Ecology

  • Landscape Ecology

  • Permafrost Science

  • Remote Sensing


Gerald (J.J.) Frost has a multidisciplinary research background focused on boreal forest and Arctic tundra ecosystems, with sixteen years of field experience in Alaska and western Siberia.


J.J.’s recent work has focused on vegetation classification and mapping, plant-landform-soil relationships, landscape change detection, long-term monitoring of vegetation and permafrost, and habitat-use relationships for breeding birds. He has substantial expertise in integrating field-based information with a variety of modern, and historical remote-sensing data sources to elucidate current ecosystem conditions and long-term change.


J.J. received his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA.

Select Publications
  • Frost, G. V., R. A. Loehman, L. B. Saperstein, M. J. Macander, P. R. Nelson, D. P. Paradis, and S. M. Natali. 2020. Multi-decadal patterns of vegetation succession after tundra fire on the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, Alaska. Environmental Research Letters 15:025003. DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/ab5f49

  • Bartsch, A. et al. 2020. Combining Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 data for tundra vegetation height retrieval. Remote Sensing of Environment 237:111515. DOI:10.1016/j.rse.2019.111515

  • Raynolds, M. K. et al. 2019. A raster version of the Circumpolar Arctic Vegetation Map (CAVM). Remote Sensing of Environment 232:111297

  • Frost, G. V. et al. 2019. Tundra greenness. Arctic Report Card 2019, J. Richter-Menge, M. L. Druckenmiller, and M. Jeffries (eds.).

  • Jorgenson, M. Torre, Gerald V. Frost, and Dorte Dissing. 2018. Drivers of landscape changes in coastal ecosystems on the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, Alaska. Remote Sensing 10 (8): 1280. doi.org/10.3390/rs10081280