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.

Recent News and Blogs

  • New Department of Defense Grant: Comparing Models of Forest Change in Ft. Bragg, NC We are excited to receive a new $500,000 grant from the Department of Defense!  We will be working with scientists from Washington State University - Vancouver to compare different modeling ...
    Posted Dec 5, 2016, 9:47 AM by Robert Scheller
  • Bending the carbon curve: fire management for carbon resilience under climate change. An exciting new publication was released today in Landscape Ecology:  Bending the carbon curve: fire management for carbon resilience under climate change. Full citation: Loudermilk, E.L., R.M. Scheller ...
    Posted Oct 5, 2016, 9:09 AM by Robert Scheller
  • New NSF Grant Congratulations to Drs. Robert Scheller (Co-PI) and Melissa Lucash (Senior Personnel) on their new NSF CNH Grant for $1.7 million with Penn State University.  This interdisciplinary research project ...
    Posted Sep 22, 2016, 9:32 AM by Melissa Lucash
  • Brooke Cassell receives $20,000 in Microsoft Azure Cloud Computing In support of her dissertation research, Microsoft has awarded PhD student Brooke Cassell $20,000 in cloud computing through their Azure for Research program. Brooke will use these resources to ...
    Posted Sep 21, 2016, 3:29 PM by Brooke Cassell
  • DE&L welcomes Kristen Purdy, our new GIS and Social Science Intern! This fall, our lab is happy to welcome Kristen Purdy as an intern working with Brooke Cassell on a Public Participation GIS project in the Southern Blue Mountains of Oregon ...
    Posted Sep 21, 2016, 2:44 PM by Brooke Cassell
  • Great Lakes National Scholarship awarded to Brooke Cassell DE&L Ph.D. student Brooke Cassell has been awarded the Great Lakes National Scholarship for the 3rd year in a row. Brooke is very excited that this scholarship, which ...
    Posted Sep 21, 2016, 2:03 PM by Brooke Cassell
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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.