The Dynamic Ecosystems and Landscapes Lab is located in the Dept. of Environmental Science and Management at Portland State University. We are a part of the School of the Environment. Our lab includes faculty, research scientists, and graduate students.   

Our research focuses on how forested landscapes change and why.  Climate change is an area of particular focus:  What determines forest resilience and adaptive capacity?  What role will policy and management play in shaping forest resilience and adaptive capacity in the future?  Other research focal areas include wildfire, land use change, forest policy and management practices, insect outbreaks, and forest carnivore populations.

Recent News and Blogs

  • Community Forestry in Nepal—Highlights from the Field A brief description of the highlights from our (Luintel, Scheller) trip to Nepal in March 2015: ...
    Posted Dec 14, 2015, 9:10 AM by Robert Scheller
  • Climate change workshop in northern MN Drs. Robert Scheller and Melissa Lucash traveled to Bemidji, MN from November 4-6, 2015 and presented the results of their USDA-funded grant to stakeholders.  They outlined which species ...
    Posted Nov 9, 2015, 11:23 AM by Robert Scheller
  • DE&L Featured on Oregon Public Broadcasting! See and listen to our latest research featured on OPB:
    Posted Oct 29, 2015, 1:28 PM by Robert Scheller
  • Get Kids into the Woods! New video from DE&L alum Shiloh Halsey Check out the new video from DE&L alumnus, Shiloh Halsey (MS 2013)!Let's Go Outside!
    Posted Oct 13, 2015, 12:54 PM by Robert Scheller
  • The DE&L Lab in Europe to promote forest climate adaptation The DE&L Lab is busy promoting Portland State University this academic year!Ph.D. student, Garry Sotnik is in Ukraine on a Fulbright scholarship. Working with colleagues at Ukrainian ...
    Posted Oct 21, 2015, 6:33 AM by Robert Scheller
  • Managing for resistance and resilience in northern Great Lake Forests We examined resistance and resilience of disturbance, management, and climate change in northern Great Lake forests.  These represent the last two chapters of Matthew Duveneck's (PhD 2013) dissertation and ...
    Posted Sep 21, 2015, 5:05 AM by Robert Scheller
Showing posts 1 - 6 of 103. View more »

To address these questions, we seek to understand the primary drivers that dictate forest landscape change. We use the concepts and theories from landscape ecology, forest ecology, and ecosystem ecology to develop the fundamental science required to understand how landscapes change.  Social science is also an emerging contributor to our research approach as local knowledge and actions and networks are pivotal to understanding potential futures.

We synthesize broad-scale data to test these concepts and theories. From this research, we develop tools for projecting landscape change into the future, taking into consideration emerging threats to landscape sustainability. These threats include climate change, 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.