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Kyle Larson

Kyle Larson

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
Richland, WA 99352
(509) 371-7207


Kyle Larson is a research scientist and GIS analyst with 15 years of experience at PNNL conducting applied environmental research in a wide range of topics such as environmental effects of hydropower, conservation and management of sensitive species and habitats, landscape and wildfire ecology, spatial planning, and environmental contamination monitoring and remediation. His recent work has focused on applying GIS and remote sensing applications to complex environmental problems (e.g., basin-scale planning for hydropower and the environment, invasive plant-wildfire interactions in the Mojave Desert, mapping cheatgrass in the Western U.S., Coastal Marine Spatial Planning for offshore renewable energy) and creating decision support tools for resource managers. Mr. Larson is currently leading two projects aimed at developing GIS decision support tools for hydropower planning (, one of which focuses on integrating regional climate model information into site-scale hydropower planning to improve long-term sustainability. Mr. Larson’s background in ecology also includes considerable field experience studying interactions of birds, large mammals, bats, amphibians, fish, and even clams with their environment.

Research Interests

  • Effects of land use and management practices on plant-animal-human interactions
  • Use of geospatial science and technology as a transformational tool in multi-disciplinary science
  • Development and application of technologies or techniques to monitor animals and habitats

Education and Credentials

  • M.S., Environmental Science, Washington State University, Pullman, 2009
  • B.S., Wildlife Resources, University of Idaho, Moscow, 2004

PNNL Publications







Energy and Environment

Core Research Areas