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Anantha Prasad

Research Ecologist
359 Main Road
Delaware, OH, 43015
Phone: 740-368-0103

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Current Research

  • Modelling the dynamics of tree species response to various disturbances
  • Evaluating intraspecific variation in tree response by integrating demography and genetics

Research Interests

I am interested in understanding tree species demographic response at a macroecological scale and using ensemble and simulation models to predict future suitable habitats and colonization likelihoods. My current focus is to understand within-species variation by evaluating genetic, ecological and environmental differences among populations under various disturbance regimes using multiple modelling techniques.

Why This Research is Important

Forest health is being increasing affected by both natural and anthropogenic impacts resulting in changing forest landscapes. A comprehensive approach is needed to tackle forest management and conservation issues - for example, in addressing issues like assisted colonization of important tree species. My research focuses on an integrated, multi-stage modelling approach to address the challenge of forest health maintenance in the United States.

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Publications & Products

National Research Highlights

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Improving prediction of future habitat distributions under climate change by combining multiple habitat suitability models

Year: 2017

Future habitat distributions are usually forecast using a single model with a single response, such as tree species abundance. Combining multiple models, integrating multiple responses, and looking for consensus and average predictions results in more reliable assessment of future habitat suitability trends under climate warming.

Hemlock woolly adelgid (Adelges tsugae), Ovisacs on the underside of a branch. Michael Montgomery, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.

Combining Genetics and Environmental Analysis to Assess Conservation Options for Eastern Hemlock

Year: 2016

Eastern hemlock is currently facing a dual threat by the invasive insect hemlock wooly adelgid and anthropogenic climate change. Combining genetic information with distribution models under climate change helps better understand options for the conservation of this imperiled species.

Last modified: Monday, February 20, 2017