Faculty Profile

Jonathan P. Fleming, PhD, GISP


Assistant Professor


  • Ph.D.  Mississippi State University
  • M.S.  Mississippi State University
  • B.S.  University of North Alabama

Areas of Expertise

  • Biogeography
  • GIS
  • Invasive Species
  • Landscape and Community Ecology
  • Scale Dependent Patterns
  • Ecosystem Resilience
Dr. Fleming has broad research interests in biogeography, invasion ecology, applied GIS, ecosystem resilience, and pedagogy of geospatial science.  His past research involves aquatic plant re-establishment projects, GIS suitability modeling, and assessing spatial patterns in aquatic physicochemistry.  He has conducted field research on invasive aquatic plants to assess scale dependent patterns of invasion, and is also interested in how aquatic plant communities (native and invasive) influence invertebrates and fish through trophic and behavioral pathways at the landscape scale.  In addition, Dr. Fleming has experience consulting on a number of spatial ecological themes including resource selection of black bear and wild turkey, landscape scale influences on aquatic biodiversity, American alligator movement, and upland avian habitat conservation.

Selected Publications and Research Contributions

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  • Palumbo, M.D., Fleming, J.P., Monsegur, O.A., F.J. Vilella. 2016. A GIS Model of Habitat Suitability for Solanum conocarpum (Solanaceae) in St. John, US Virgin Islands. Caribbean Naturalist 36: 1-10.
  • Fleming, J.P., E.D. Dibble. 2015. Ecological mechanisms of invasion success in aquatic macrophytes. Hydrobiologia 746(1): 1-15.
  • Fleming, J.P., E.D. Dibble, J.D. Madsen, R.M. Wersal. 2014. Investigation of Darwin's naturalization hypothesis in invaded macrophyte communities. Biological Invasions DOI: 1-13
  • Huenemann, T., E.D. Dibble, and J.P. Fleming.  2012.  Influence of turbidity on the foraging of largemouth bass. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 141: 107-111.
  • Kröger, R., E. Dibble, J.B. Brandt, J.P. Fleming, T. Huenemann, T. Stubbs, J.D. Prevost, T. Tietjen, K.A. Littlejohn,and S. Pierce.  2012.  Spatial and temporal changes in total suspended sediment concentrations in an oxbow lake after implementing agricultural landscape management practices.  River Research and Applications DOI:10.1002.
  • Fleming, J.P., J.D. Madsen, and E.D. Dibble.  2011.  Development of a GIS model to enhance macrophyte re-establishment projects. Applied Geography 32: 629-635.
  • Fleming, J.P., J.D. Madsen, and E.D. Dibble.  2011  Macrophyte re-establishment for fish habitat in Little Bear Creek Reservoir, Alabama, USA.  Journal of Freshwater Ecology 26: 105-114.


  • GE 112 - Principles of Physical Geography II:  Landscapes
  • GE 325 - Cartography
  • GE 484/584 - Applied Geospatial Analysis
  • GE 497/597 - Special Topics: Biogeography
  • GE 497/597 - Special Topics: Quantitative Methods
  • GE 610 - Seminar in Geospatial Science

Graduate Students

  • Chandler White (Advisor)
  • Md Aby Sayed '16 (Committee Member)
  • Kevin Cornelius (Advisor)
  • James Maloney '15 (Advisor)
  • Abby Andrews Martin '14 (Advisor)
  • Andy Miller '15 (Committee Member)
  • Jesse Lane '15 (Committee Member)