Landscape and Ecosystem Ecology

Forest landscape

Many of today's most pressing environmental problems—water and air pollution, biodiversity loss, invasive species spread, climate change—impact ecological systems at local to global scales. Understanding and addressing these problems thus requires perspectives that consider interactions between physical and biological processes at multiple spatial and temporal scales. Our research in the areas of ecosystem and landscape ecology integrates approaches and tools including field sampling, lab work, and the use of GIS, remote sensing and computer models. A primary objective of our work is to enhance the management of and provisioning of ecosystem services within a landscape context.

Research in this area focuses on effects of human activities on ecosystem processes (e.g., carbon and nutrient cycling) and native and exotic species distributions; maintaining habitat requirements and landscape connectivity for native species in human-dominated landscapes; influence of terrestrial ecosystems on water quality; and effects of multiple environmental stressors (e.g., air pollution, climate change, fragmentation) on ecosystem function.

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