Spatial and temporal dynamics of landscape ecological processes
Natural and managed ecosystems provide critical products and services necessary to maintain the quality of life expected by the American people, including clean air and water, wildlife, food, products derived from plants and animals, and aesthetically pleasing environments for recreation and enjoyment. Maintaining these ecosystem products and services in the face of rapidly expanding human populations and resource consumption requires a better understanding of ecological systems at landscape scales (greater than one square mile). The reciprocal link between the spatial and temporal dynamics of landscape elements and ecological processes is a first principle of landscape ecology, and we seek to use this link to make reliable predictions to guide management and policy decisions.
Study spatial and temporal ecological dynamics to understand key processes driving natural disturbance, wildlife populations, forest dynamics, growth, and carbon sequestration.
Predict the cumulative and interacting effects of natural and human disturbances on ecosystem products and services at multiple scales.
Last Modified: 04/30/2013