The Dynamic Ecosystems and Landscapes Lab is located at North Carolina State University. Our lab includes faculty, research scientists, and graduate students.
We focus on landscapes and their people and their future.  What determines landscape trajectories?  Will future landscape be able to adapt to global change?  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. 

Our research influences policy and management decisions at the landscape scale.  
We address the immediate concerns of society, providing insight for long-term landscape management planning. 

To address these questions and concerns, we seek to understand the primary drivers that influence landscape change.  Therefore, we 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.

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.   

Our research is powered by data science.  Data enable us to test concepts and theories and to capture the local variation that makes each landscape unique.  We blend data from local, national, and global scales that come from satellite, social, and ecological sources. 

As a lab, we are committed to educating all people and promoting sustainability across all landscapes.  We believe that our science can make the world a better place tomorrow and for future generations.

Recent News and Blogs

  • New Publication! Fire as a Fundamental Ecological Process Fire as a Fundamental Ecological process: Research Advances and FrontiersThis manuscript resulted from an amazing workshop organized by Kendra McLauchlan in November 6-7, 2017, at the Chautauqua ...
    Posted Jul 7, 2020, 10:58 AM by Robert Scheller
  • New publication! Co-design management scenarios for northern California Another exciting publication from Charles Maxwell's dissertation!  Maxwell, C.J., J.M. Serra-Diaz, R.M. Scheller, J.R. Thompson. 2020.  Co-designed management scenarios shape the responses of ...
    Posted May 28, 2020, 10:49 AM by Robert Scheller
  • New Grant Examines Detection and Spread of Tomato Blight Expanding our research into plant diseases:
    Posted Apr 29, 2020, 6:02 AM by Robert Scheller
  • New publication! Aspen persistence under climate change Our latest publication explores what effects snowdrifts will have in maintaining aspen forests in and near the Great Basin of the western US.  Snowdrifts provide important water subsidies late into ...
    Posted Feb 25, 2020, 5:58 AM by Robert Scheller
  • New Publication: Habitat Holdouts in the Klamath Mountains! Charles Maxwell published a new chapter from his dissertation:  Identifying Habitat Holdouts for High Elevation Tree Species Under Climate Change.  Congrats, Charles!Maxwell, C.J. and R.M. Scheller. 2020 ...
    Posted Jan 21, 2020, 7:49 AM by Robert Scheller
  • New Publication: Wildfires and Climate Change in Eastern Oregon Check out or newest publication!Cassell, B.A., R.M. Scheller, M.S. Lucash, M.D. Hurteau, E.L. Loudermilk. 2019. Widespread severe wildfires under climate change lead to increased ...
    Posted Nov 27, 2019, 7:42 AM by Robert Scheller
  • New Publication: Spatial Resilience After Severe Windstorms Lucash, M.S., K.L. Ruckert, R.E. Nicholas, R.M. Scheller, and E.A.H. Smithwick. 2019. Complex interactions among successional trajectories and climate govern spatial resilience after severe ...
    Posted Nov 8, 2019, 5:53 AM by Robert Scheller
  • Dr. Scheller Elected President of the International Association for Landscape Ecology! In July, Dr. Scheller was elected President of the International Association for Landscape Ecology!  IALE is the scholarly society that unites landscape ecologists from throughout the world.  Learn more here ...
    Posted Jul 23, 2019, 7:33 AM by Robert Scheller
  • Congrats, Tina! Tina Mozelewski, PhD, was the winner of the Forestry & Environmental Resources Faculty Fellowship for Excellence in Graduate Education and Service. 
    Posted Apr 26, 2019, 8:16 AM by Robert Scheller
  • New Publication! A landscape model of variable social-ecological fire regimes. Scheller, R.M., A. Kretchun, T.J. Hawbaker, P.D. Henne. 2019. A landscape model of variable social-ecological fire regimes. Ecological Modelling 401: 85-93.Link to PublicationLink ...
    Posted Apr 13, 2019, 7:41 AM by Robert Scheller
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