Dan Uden

Dan Uden

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  • Courses Taught

Contact Information

TitleResilience Spatial Scientist
Faculty RankAssistant Professor
Address302 South Hardin Hall
3310 Holdrege Street
Lincoln NE
  • office: 402-472-3424
  • fax: 402-472-2946
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Office Hours

By appointment

My Story

Hi, my name is Dan Uden and I’m an assistant professor in UNL’s School of Natural Resources and Department of Agronomy and Horticulture. As a resilience spatial scientist, I study systems, the disturbances they experience, and how the spatial properties of each influence system resilience. My teaching and research bring together theory, data, and technology to address twenty-first century challenges in agricultural working landscapes of Nebraska, the North American Great Plains, and beyond.

Selected Publications

Hogan, K.F.E., Fogarty, D.T., Ellerman, H., Fill, C., Morales, D., Seguin, B., Uden, D.R., Allen, C.R. 2022. Rangelands in a fragmented grass‑dominated landscape are vulnerable to tree invasion from roadsides. Biol Invasions. doi:10.1007/s10530-022-02869-5Online
Roberts, C. P., Uden, D., Allen, C., Angler, D. G., Powell, L. A., Allred, B. W., Maestas, J. D., Twidwell Jr, D. (2022). Tracking spatial regimes in animal communities: implications for resilience-based management. Ecological Indicators, 136, 9 pages (108567).Online
Twidwell, D., Uden, D. R., Roberts, C. P., Allred, B. W., Jones, M. O., Naugle, D. E., Allen, C. R. (2022). Mapping panarchy to improve visualization of complex environmental change. Applied panarchy: Applications and diffusion across disciplines (pp. 136-152). Washington, D.C.: Island Press
Allred, B. W., Bestelmeyer, B., Boyd, C. S., Brown, C., Davies, K. W., Ellsworth, M., Erickson, T., Fuhlendorf, S. D., Griffiths, T. V., Jansen, Jones, M. O., Karl, J., Knight, A., Maestas, J. D., Maynard, J. J., McCord, S. E., Naugle, D. E., Starns, H. D., Twidwell, Uden, D. R. (2021). Improving Landsat predictions of rangeland fractional cover with multi-task learning and uncertainty. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 12(5), 841-849. https://doi.org/10.1111/2041-210X.13564Online
Allred, B. W., Creutzburg, M. K., Carlson, J. C., Cole, C. J., Dovichin, C. M., Duniway, M. C., Jones, O., Maestas, J. D., Naugle, D. E., Nauman, T. W., Okin, G. S., Reeves, M. C., Rigge, Savage, L., Twidwell, Uden, D. R., Zhou, B. (2021). Guiding principles for using satellite-derived maps in rangeland management. Rangelands. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rala.2021.09.004Online
Cady, S., Davis, C. A., Fuhlendorf, S., Scholtz, R., Uden, D. R., Twidwell (2021). Generalist bird exhibits site-dependent resource selection. Ecology and Evolution, 11(18), 12714-12727. https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.8016Online
Donovan, V. M., Roberts, C. P., Wonkka, C. L., Uden, D., Angeler, D. G., Allen, C. R., Wedin, D., Drijber, R., Twidwell, D. (2021). Collapse, reorganization, and regime identity: breaking down past management paradigms in a forest-grassland ecotone. Ecology and Society, 26(2). https://doi.org/10.5751/ES-12340-260227Online
Jones, M. O., Naugle, D. E., Twidwell, D., Uden, D. R., Maestas, J. D., Allred, B. W. (2021). Beyond inventories: Emergence of a new era in rangeland monitoring. Rangeland Ecology and Management, 73(5), 577-583. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rama.2020.06.009Online
Mech, A. M., Thomas, K. A., Marsico, T., Herms, D. A., Allen, C. R., Ayres, M. P., Gandhi, K. J.K., Gurevitch, J., Havill, N. P., Hufbauer, R., Liebhold, A. M., Raffa, K. F., Schulz, A. N., Uden, D. R., Tobin, P. C. (2021). How available data can be used to predict the impact of non-native forest insects (2nd ed., vol. 119, pp. S87). https://doi.org/10.1093/jofore/fvab002
Scholtz, R., Fuhlendorf, S. D., Uden, D., Allred, B. W., Jones, M. O., Naugle, D. E., Twidwell, D. (2021). Challenges of brush management treatment longevity in southern Great Plains, USA. Rangeland Ecology and Management, 77(1), 57-65. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rama.2021.03.007Online
Schulz, A. N., Mech, A. M., Ayres, M. P., Gandhi, K., Havill, N. P., Herms, D. A., Hoover, A. M., Hufbauer, A., Liebhold, A. M., Marsico, T. D., Raffa, K. F., Tobin, P. C., Uden, D. R., Thomas, K. A. (2021). Predicting non-native insect impact: Focusing on the trees to see the forest. Biological Invasions, 23, 3921-3936. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10530-021-02621-5 Online
Angeler, D., Chaffin, B., Sundstrom, S., Garmestani, A., Pope, K. L., Uden, D., Twidwell, D., Allen, C. (2020). Coerced regimes: management challenges in the Anthropocene. Ecology and Society, 25(1), 4.Online
Uden, D., Twidwell, D., Allen, C., Jones, M. O., Naugle, D. E., Maestas, J. D., Allred, B. W. 2019. Spatial Imaging and Screening for Regime Shifts. Front. Ecol. Evol. 29.Online
Uden, D., Twidwell, D., Allen, C., Jones, M. O., Naugle, D. E., Maestas, J. D., Allred, B. W. 2019. Spatial Imaging and Screening for Regime Shifts. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 7:407.Online
Burnett, J., Pope, K. L., Allen, C., Uden, D. (2018). Thermal Tolerance Limits of the Chinese Mystery Snail (Bellamya chinensis): Implications for Management. American Malacological Bulletin, 36, 140-144.
Burnett, J.L., K.L. Pope, A. Wong, C.R. Allen, D.M. Haak, B.J. Stephen, and D.R. Uden. 2018. Thermal tolerance limits of the Chinese mysterysnail (Bellamya chinensis): Implications for management. American Malacological Bulletin 36:140-144. https://doi.orOnline
Ou, G., Munoz-Arriola, F., Uden, D., Martin, D. L., Allen, C., Shank, N. (2018). Climate change implications for irrigation and groundwater in the Republican River Basin, USA. Climate Change, 151, 303-316.
Roberts, C., Uden, D., Allen, C., Twidwell, D. (2018). Doublethink and scale mismatch polarize policies for an invasive tree. PLoS One, 13, e0189733.
Roberts, C.P., D.R. Uden, D.R. Allen, and D. Twidwell. 2018. Doublethink and scale mismatch polarize policies for an invasive tree. PLoS ONE 13(3): e0189733.Online
Uden, D., Allen, C., Munoz-Arriola, F., Ou, G., Shank, N. (2018). A Framework for Tracing Social–Ecological Trajectories and Traps in Intensive Agricultural Landscapes. Sustainability, 10, 1646.
Uden, D., Wishart, D., Powell, L. A., Allen, C., Mitchell, R., Steinauer, G. 2018. Adaptive fuel procurement in nineteenth century Great Plains landscapes. Environment and History.Online
Uden, D.R., C.R. Allen, F. Munoz-Arriola, G. Ou, and N. Shank. 2018. A framework for tracing social-ecological trajectories and traps in intensive agricultural landscapes. Sustainability 10:1646. doi:10.3390/su10051646.Online
Streit Krug, A., D.R. Uden, C.R. Allen, and D. Twidwell. 2017. Culturally induced range infilling of eastern redcedar: A problem in ecology, an ecological problem, or both? Ecology and Society 22(2):46.Online
Allen, C.R., D.G. Angeler, G.S. Cumming, C. Folke, D. Twidwell and D.R. Uden. 2016. Quantifying spatial resilience. Journal of Applied Ecology 53:625-635.Online
Allen, C.R., H.E. Birge, S.L. Bartelt-Hunt, R.A. Bevans, J.L. Burnett, B.A. Cosens, X. Cai, A.S. Garmestani, I. Linkov, E.A. Scott, M.D. Solomon and D.R. Uden. 2016. Avoiding decline: Fostering resilience and sustainability in midsize cities. SustainabiliOnline
Uden, D.R. 2016. As Far as the Eye Could Reach: Accounts of animals along the Santa Fe Trail, 1821-1880. By Phyllis S. Morgan. (review). Great Plains Research 26(2):147-148.Online
Allen, C.R., D.R. Uden, A.R. Johnson and D.G. Angeler. 2015. Spatial modeling approaches for understanding and predicting the impacts of invasive alien species on native species and ecosystems. Pest risk modelling and mapping for invasive alien species. Online
Angeler, D.G., C.R. Allen, D.R. Uden and R.K. Johnson. 2015. Spatial scaling patterns and functional redundancies in a changing boreal lake landscape. Ecosystems 18:889-902.Online
Uden, D., Allen, C., Bishop, A., Grosse, R., Jorgensen, C., LaGrange, T., Stutheit, R., Vrtiska, M. (2015). Predictions of future ephemeral wetland habitat availability for the continued management of North American waterbirds under global change. EcospheOnline
Uden, D., Allen, C., McCoy, T., Mitchell, R., Guan, Q. (2015). Predicted avian responses to scenarios of biofuel-based landuse change in an intensive agricultural landscape. Global Change Biology – Bioenergy, 7, 717-726.
Uden, D.R. 2015. This far-off wild land: The Upper Missouri letters of Andrew Dawson. Wischmann, L. and A.E. Dawson (review). Great Plains Quarterly 35(2):225.Online
Uden, D.R., Allen, C.R., Angeler, D.G., Corral, L., Fricke, K.A. 2015. Adaptive invasive species distribution models: A framework for modeling incipient invasions. Biological Invasions. 10:2831-2850.Online
Uden, D.R., C.R. Allen, A.A. Bishop, R. Grosse, C.F. Jorgensen, T.G. LaGrange, R.G. Stutheit and M.P. Vrtiska. 2015. Predictions of future ephemeral springtime waterbird habitat availability under global change. Ecosphere 6(11):215.Online
Uden, D.R., C.R. Allen, D.G. Angeler, L. Corral and K.A. Fricke. 2015. Adaptive invasive species distribution models: A framework for modeling incipient invasions. Biological Invasions 17:2831-2850.
Uden, D.R., C.R. Allen, R.B. Mitchell, T.D. McCoy and Q. Guan. 2015. Predicted avian responses to bioenergy development scenarios in an intensive agricultural landscape. Global Change Biology Bioenergy 7:717-726.Online
Uden, D.R., M.L. Hellman, D.G. Angeler and C.R. Allen. 2014. The role of reserves and anthropogenic habitats for functional connectivity and resilience of ephemeral wetlands. Ecological Applications 24:1569-1582.Online
Allen, C., Nemec, K., Wardwell, D., Hoffman, J., Brust, M., Decker, K., Fogell, D., Hogue, J., lotz, A., Miller, T., Pummil, M., Ramirez-Yanez, L., Uden, D. (2013). Predictors of regional establishment success and spread of introduced non-indigenous verteOnline
Allen, C., Uden, D., Mitchell, R., Guan, Q., McCoy, T. (2013). The feasibility of producing adequate feedstock for year-round cellulosic ethanol production in an intesnsive agricultural fuelshed. Bioenergy Research, 6, 930-938.
Allen, C., Uden, D., Mitchell, R., McCoy, T., Guan, Q. (2013). Potential contributions of a perennial bioenergy feedstrock to groundwater conservation under scenarios of future change. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation, 68, 124a-128aOnline
Allen, C.R., K.T. Nemec, K.L. Decker, D.A. Wardwell, M. Brust, D. Fogell, J.D. Hoffman, J. Hogue, A. Lotz, T. Miller, M. Pummill, L.E. Ramirez-Yanes and D.R. Uden. 2013. Predictors of regional establishment success and spread of introduced nonindigenous vOnline
Stephen, B.J., N.M. Chaine, C.R. Allen, K.A. Fricke, D.M. Haak, M.L. Hellman, R.A. Kill, K.T. Nemec, K.L. Pope, N.A. Smeenk, D.R. Uden, K.M. Unstad, A.E. VanderHam and A. Wong. 2013. Fecundity of the Chinese mystery snail in a Nebraska Reservoir. Journal Online
Uden, D.R., C.R. Allen, R.B. Mitchell, Q. Guan and T.D. McCoy. 2013. Scenarios of bioenergy development impacts on regional groundwater withdrawals. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation 68:124A-128A.Online
Uden, D.R., R.B. Mitchell, C.R. Allen, T.D. McCoy and Q. Guan. 2013. The feasibility of generating adequate biomass for year-round cellulosic ethanol production in an intensive agricultural fuelshed. 2013. Bioenergy Research 6:930-938.Online
Unstad, K.M., D.R. Uden, C.R. Allen, N.M. Chaine, D.M. Haak, D.M., R.A. Kill, K.L. Pope, B.J. Stephen and A. Wong. 2013. Survival and behavior of Chinese mystery snails (Bellamya chinensis) in response to simulation water body drawdowns and air exposure. Online
Wong, A., C.R. Allen, N.M. Hart, D.M. Haak, K.L. Pope, N.A. Smeenk, B.J. Stephen and D.R. Uden. 2013. Enamel-based mark performance for marking Chinese mystery snail Bellamya chinensis. Management of Biological Invasions 4:231-234.Online
Chaine, N., Allen, C., Fricke, K., Haak, D., Hellman, M., Kill, R., Nemec, K., Pope, K. L., Smeenk, N., Stephen, B., Uden, D., Unstad, K., VanderHam, A. (2012). Population estimate of Chinese mystery snail (Bellamya chinensis) in a Nebraska reservoir. BioOnline
Chaine, N.M., C.R. Allen, K.A. Fricke, D.M. Haak, M.L. Hellman, R.A. Kill, K.T. Nemec, K.L. Pope, N.A. Smeenk, B.J. Stephen, D.R. Uden, K.M. Unstad and A.E. Vanderham. 2012. Population estimate of Chinese mystery snail (Bellamya chinensis) in a Nebraska Online
Mitchell, R.B., K.P. Vogel and D.R. Uden. 2012. The feasibility of switchgrass for biofuel production. Biofuels 3:47-59.Online
Roberts, C. P., Uden, D. R., Cady, S. M., Allred, B. W., Fuhlendorf, S. D., Jones, M. O., Maestas, J. D., Naugle, D. E., Olsen, A. C., Smith, J., Tack, J., Twidwell, D. (2021). Tracking spatial regimes as an early warning for a species of conservation concern. Ecological Applications, 32(1). https://doi.org/10.1002/eap.2480Online



DegreeMajorInstitutionYear Awarded
Doctorate of PhilosophyNatural Resource Sciences (specialization in Applied Ecology)University of Nebraska-Lincoln2017
Master of ScienceWildlife EcologyUniversity of Nebraska-Lincoln2012
Bachelor of ArtsGeographyConcordia University (Seward, Nebraska)2010





TitleAwarded byYear Awarded
Meritorious Graduate StudentSchool of Natural Resources, UNL2016


SNR Program Areas

  • Applied Climate and Spatial Science

Areas of Interest/Expertise

  • resilience
  • spatial science
  • regime shifts
  • landscape ecology
  • networks
  • landcover change
  • bioenergy


Currently this page only displays grants that were awarded on 1/1/ 2009 to the present. If a grant was awarded prior to 1/1/ 2009 and is still active, it will not be displayed on this page.

Grant TitleRII Track - 2 FEC: Resilience Informatics for the Convergence of Critical Capacities to Address Regional-Scale Environmental Change
Starting Date08/01/2019


Ending Date07/31/2023
Funding Level$1,964,386.00
Funding AgencyNational Science Foundation



Graduate Programs

Master of Applied Science

Master of Science in Natural Resource Sciences
including specializations in

  • Adaptive Management
  • Applied Ecology
  • Geographic Information Systems

Doctorate of Philosophy in Natural Resource Sciences
including specializations in

  • Adaptive Management
  • Applied Ecology

Courses Taught

Course NumberCourse TitleFall Even YearsFall Odd YearsSpring Even YearsSpring Odd YearsSummer SessionCross Listing
NRES 498-100Resilience Thinking in Landscape SystemsXX
NRES 810Landscape EcologyXX