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.   

We focus on how forested landscapes change and why.  What determines landscape resilience and adaptive capacity?  What role will policy and management play in shaping landscape 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 publication in Ecosphere! A recently published manuscript by lead author Dan Krofcheck (U of New Mexico) entitled "Restoring surface fire stabilizes forest carbon under extreme fire weather in the Sierra Nevada", features co ...
    Posted Feb 2, 2017, 2:35 PM by Alec Kretchun
  • Brooke Cassell receives NASA-MSU travel award! Brooke Cassell has been selected to receive a NASA-MSU Professional Enhancement Award, which will support her travel to present at the International Association for Landscape Ecology (IALE) meeting in ...
    Posted Jan 23, 2017, 3:12 PM by Brooke Cassell
  • US Forest Service Chief's Award to Wes Hoyer and others Congratulations to our very own Wes Hoyer for contributing to an ongoing project that just received an FY16 US Forest Service Chief's Award! The Portland Moss and Air Quality ...
    Posted Jan 19, 2017, 10:28 AM by Alec Kretchun
  • How will climate change affect Oregon's coast range? Likely less than potential changes to policy. A new DE&L publication was just released:, M. K., Scheller, R. M., Lucash, M. S., LeDuc, S. D ...
    Posted Dec 27, 2016, 7:21 AM by Robert Scheller
  • Seeing the Future Impacts of Climate Change and Forest Management: a Landscape Visualization System for Forest Managers A new GTR was released today which describes LandViz, the new visualization tool for LANDIS output.  Full citation: Gustafson, Eric; Lucash, Melissa; Liem, Johannes; Jenny, Helen; Scheller, Robert; Barrett, Kelly ...
    Posted Dec 8, 2016, 11:30 AM by Melissa Lucash
  • 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
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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.