The Dynamic Ecosystems and Landscapes Lab is located in the Dept. of Forestry and Environmental Resources at North Carolina State University. Our lab includes faculty, research scientists, and graduate students.
We focus on people and landscapes.  What determines future landscape trajectories?  How is adaptive capacity created?  What role will policy and management play in shaping landscape health in the future?  We focus on the role of disturbances, land use change, and management practices.  Climate change is a cross-cutting theme that influences much of our research.

Recent News and Blogs

  • Chris’ Masters Thesis is Published! Christopher Gerstle’s thesis work from TCU, entitled "Spatial Patterns of Mercury Contamination and Associated Risk to Piscivorous Wading Birds of the south central United States" has been published in ...
    Posted Jan 11, 2019, 12:13 PM by Robert Scheller
  • New Pub: Motivations and Barriers to Climate Adaptive Management Just released: Forest Management for Climate Change in New England and the Klamath Ecoregion: Motivations, Practices, and BarriersThis article is open-access and attached below.Abstract: Understanding perceptions and ...
    Posted Oct 11, 2018, 11:37 AM by Robert Scheller
  • Congrats, Dr. Maxwell Dr. Charles Maxwell successfully defended his dissertation on Friday, September 21st.  Unconditional pass!  Congrats, Charles!
    Posted Sep 27, 2018, 9:27 AM by Robert Scheller
  • Dr. Scheller featured in short documentary Admittedly, the documentary is promotional material for new high-end condominiums in Portland, Oregon, but still, cool:
    Posted Sep 20, 2018, 11:44 AM by Robert Scheller
  • Lab BBQ Our first lab BBQ at NCSU!  Best fruit salad ever and statistical blood!  Left-to-Right:  Rob, Christopher, Zachary, Tina, and Dongwook.
    Posted Aug 24, 2018, 5:51 AM by Robert Scheller
  • New Pub: The challenges of forest modeling given climate change A new manuscript by Dr. Scheller in Landscape Ecology explores how we need to change the science and practice of forest modeling, given the urgency of climate change.  Far too ...
    Posted Aug 27, 2018, 5:01 AM by Robert Scheller
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Our research ultimately influences policy and management decisions at the landscape scale.  We address immediate concerns of society, providing insight for long-term adaptive management planning. We are committed to education and sustainability across all landscapes.

To address these questions and concerns, we seek to understand the primary drivers that influence landscape change. We are multi-disciplinary and use concepts and theories from landscape ecology, ecosystem ecology, and complexity science.  Social science substantially contributes to our research approach as local knowledge and actions and networks are pivotal to understanding potential futures.

Our research is driven by data science.  We synthesize data to test these concepts and theories, blending data from local, national, and global scales that come from satellite, social, and ecological sources. 

We are future-oriented.  We project landscape change into the future, taking into consideration emerging threats to landscape health and sustainability. These threats include climate change, land use change and development, fragmentation, and novel disturbance regimes.