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?  And 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

  • Fuel Treatments on CFLRP landscapes project funded by Joint Fire Science Program! Dr Louise Loudermilk (former DE&L member, now USFS Center for Forest Disturbance Science) will act as PI on a project entitled "Outcomes Prioritization on Fuel Treatment Placement in Extreme ...
    Posted Apr 16, 2014, 9:51 AM by Alec Kretchun
  • LANDIS-II Training Session at Harvard Forest We held our first LANDIS-II training session at Harvard Forest (HF) this week (4/8- 4/10).  The class was taught by Drs. Lucash (PSU), Duveneck (HF) and Thompson ...
    Posted Apr 11, 2014, 4:57 AM by Melissa Lucash
  • Jodi Schoenen at School of the Environment Monthly Research Colloquium Every month, PSU's School of the Environment holds a research colloquium highlighting some of the work being done by grad students and faculty associated with the school. Next week ...
    Posted Apr 4, 2014, 12:47 PM by Alec Kretchun
  • Stakeholder Meeting in MN Dr. Scheller, Dr. Lucash, A. Kretchun, Dr. Gustafson and Dr. Sturtevant traveled to MN to meet with Kelly Barrett, Gary Swanson and other forest managers at the Chippewa National Forest ...
    Posted Apr 3, 2014, 1:45 PM by Melissa Lucash
  • New paper out of the DEAL lab A chapter of Matthew Duveneck's dissertation is hot off the presses in the new issue of Ecosphere.  Matthew is now a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Forest and is continuing ...
    Posted Mar 5, 2014, 10:09 AM by Megan Creutzburg
  • Stakeholder engagement at Ridgewood Elementary School In many of our projects in the DEAL lab, we engage our stakeholders in the process. These stakeholders are usually managers, other scientists, private landowners, representatives from agencies and nonprofit ...
    Posted Feb 28, 2014, 7:59 AM by Megan Creutzburg
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To address these questions, we seek to understand the processes that drive forest ecosystem responses and influence landscape-scale change. We use the concepts and theories from landscape ecology and forest ecology to develop the fundamental science required to understand how landscapes change. 

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 support policies that encourage continuing education, research, and practices of sustainability in forested landscapes.