The Dynamic Ecosystems and Landscapes Lab is located in the Dept. of Environmental Science and Management at Portland State University. Our lab includes faculty, research scientists, and graduate students.
Our research focuses on how forested landscapes change and why. What determines forest health, resilience, and adaptive capacity? What role will policy and management play in shaping forest health in the future? Focal concerns include insect outbreaks, wildfire, land use change, forest policy and management practices, and forest carnivore populations. Climate change is a cross-cutting theme that influences many of these domains.
To address these questions, we seek to understand the primary drivers that influence forest landscape change. We are multi-disciplinary and use concepts and theories from landscape ecology, forest ecology, and ecosystem ecology. Social science substantially contributes to our research approach as local knowledge and actions and networks are pivotal to understanding potential futures.
Our research is data-driven. 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 sustainability. These threats include climate change, land use change and development, fragmentation, and novel disturbance regimes.
Our research examines forested landscapes across the world, including Oregon, California, Washington, New Jersey, Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin, Manitoba, Labrador, Siberia and others. Please visit the Research and Publications pages for further information.
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. Finally, we are committed to educating students and the public and to supporting policies that encourage continuing education, research, and practices of sustainability in forested landscapes.