Institute for Applied Ecosystem Studies

About IAES

Trees reflected in the calm waters of Langly Lake“Scale” is the heart of our research. Knowledge on how ecological processes are linked across subcellular to community scales and from local to global scales increases our ability to improve resiliency of forest ecosystems and populations against changing conditions. We develop and deliver scientific knowledge and tools relating ecological changes across multi-scales and disturbance gradients to better integrate science with landscape-scale restoration and contemporary conservation challenges.

Research that incorporates scaling concepts helps reduce the uncertainties of accelerated change, and helps achieve a more complete hierarchical understanding of disturbances, enhancing our ability to restore degraded lands and at-risk ecosystems, create more resilient forests, and conserve populations across a continuum of natural  to human-modified landscapes.

Our interdisciplinary approach to research facilitates a better understanding of the scale at which ecological drivers of change impact populations and ecosystem processes. Our research team includes tree physiologists, geneticists, landscape ecologists, and simulation modelers who develop landscape and ecosystem models to produce reliable projections of future forest dynamics under the novel conditions anticipated in the future.  Our laboratories, greenhouse, experimental forests, and field infrastructure allows us to conduct experiments and observations at a variety of scales that can be scaled up using state-of-the-art simulation models for large landscapes.

Last Modified: December 8, 2016

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