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Dr. Stephan Gmur


Dr. Stephan Gmur is a Senior Scientist who comes to POLARIS with an M.S. in Geology from the University of Idaho, an M.S. in Forest Resources and a PhD in Environmental and Forest Sciences from the University of Washington. Stephan’s expertise as a study design and research statistician has provided POLARIS with strong support in Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) study design and data interpretation. Stephan has over ten years of experience conducting research across a variety of environmental topics using advanced statistical methods, spatial analysis technologies and data management techniques. Since joining POLARIS in 2014 Stephan has become proficient in all aspects of ICS and oil spill response as a skilled EU member, SCAT Team leader, and course instructor. Stephan helped develop the POLARIS PRISM SCAT database software. Like all scientists at POLARIS, Stephan responds to pollution incidents and can manage the technical aspects of the case alone or with remote support. Stephan is an expert in photogrammetry, remote sensing, and a variety of GIS applications. He has published numerous scientific papers and is an affiliated lecturer at the University of Washington in Seattle.


Ph.D., 2014, University of Washington, Environmental and Forest Sciences

M.S., 2011, University of Washington, Forest Resources

M.S., 2010, University of Idaho, Geography

B.A., 2003, University of Washington, Geography


American Society of Photogrammetric and Remote Sensing (URISA)


GISP, (Certified GIS Professional), GIS Certification Institute (GISCI,, 2013-2021

First Aid, CPR, HAZWOPER, e-RAILSAFE, TWIC –Transportation Worker Identification


Klock A.M., Vogt K.A., Vogt D.J., Gordon J.G., Scullion J.J., Suntana A.S., Mafune K.K., Polyakov A.Y., Gmur S.J., Gómez de la Rosa C. 2022. See the forest not the trees! Ecosystem-based assessment of response, resilience, and scope for growth of global forests. Ecological indicators. 140:108973–.

Challenger, G. E., Gmur, S., Taylor, E. (2021). “A review of Gulf of Mexico coastal marsh erosion studies following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill and comparison to over 4 years of shoreline loss data from Fall 2010 to Summer 2015. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 164, 111983.

Owens, E., Taylor, E., An, C., Chen, Z., Danner, G., Gmur, S., Lee, K. (2021, May). A Shoreline Response Program (SRP) Decision Support Tool based on the Geographic Variability in Attenuation and Weathering of Stranded Oil. In International Oil Spill Conference 2021, 1, pp. 1141234).

Dunford, R.W., Gmur, S., Lynes, M.K., Challenger, G.E., Dunford, M.A. (2019). Natural Resource Damages from Oil Spills in the United States. Environmental Claims Journal, 31(2), pp 1-15.

Graham, A., Gmur, S.J., Scott, T. “Improved SCAT data workflow to increase efficiency and data accuracy.” International Oil Spill Conference Proceedings 2017, 1. pp 3112 – 2017.

Dunford, R. W., Challenger, G. E., Gmur, S., Lynes, M. K., Dunford, M. A. “Insights from a new statistical analysis of natural resource damage settlements from oil spills in the United States.” International Oil Spill Conference Proceedings 2017, 1. pp 3112 – 2017.

Vogt, D.J., Vogt, K.A., Gmur, S.J., Scullion, J.J., Suntana, A.S., Daryanto, S., Sigurðardóttir, R.. “Vulnerability of tropical forest ecosystems and forest dependent communities to droughts.” Environmental Research 2016, 144. pp 27 – 38.

Fremier, A. K., Kiparsky, M., Gmur, S.J., Aycrigg, J., Craig, R.K., Svancara, L.K., Goble, D.D., Cosens, B., Davis, F.W., Scott,J.M., "A Riparian Conservation Network for Ecological Resilience." BIOC Biological Conservation 2015, 191. pp 29-37.

Gmur, S.J., Vogt, D.J., Vogt, K.A., Suntana, A.S., “Effects of different sampling scales and selection criteria on modeling net primary productivity of Indonesian tropical forests.” Environmental Conservation 2014, 41(2). pp 187-197.

Scullion, J.J., Vogt, K.A., Sienkiewicz, A., Gmur, S.J., Trujillo, C., “Assessing the Influence of Land-Cover Change and Conflicting Land-Use Authorizations on Ecosystem Conversion on the Forest Frontier of Madre De Dios, Peru.” Biological Conservation 2014; 171. pp 247-258.

Gmur, S., Vogt, D., Zabowski, D., Moskal, L.M., “Hyperspectral Characterization of Soil Series, Nitrogen and Carbon." Sensors 2012; 12(8).

Gmur, S., Fremier, A.K., Scott, J.M. “The River Network Tool: Measuring Connectivity between Reserves Using the River Network.” The Summit 2010; 20. Digital.