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

  • New publication examines effects of bark beetles and drought on forests of Lake Tahoe Basin A new publication out of the DE&L lab, along with collaborators at the US Forest Service, University of New Mexico, and University of Arizona, examines how forest productivity responds ...
    Posted Jun 17, 2016, 8:09 AM by Robert Scheller
  • Congratulations, Hari! Dr. Hari Luintel successfully defended his dissertation!  
    Posted Jun 13, 2016, 5:37 AM by Robert Scheller
  • How Does Landscape Ecology Inform Policy? A new publication highlights how landscape ecology informs policy around land use change, climate change (highlighting work from DE&L), and urbanization.  This paper emerged from the Policy Committee of ...
    Posted Jun 7, 2016, 4:55 AM by Robert Scheller
  • Congrats, Garry Sotnik: Intel Funding We congratulate Garry Sotnik, who is a PSU Systems Science PhD candidate and a member of the Dynamic Ecosystems and Landscapes Lab, for receiving funding from Intel Labs. Garry is ...
    Posted May 23, 2016, 7:57 AM by Robert Scheller
  • New NSF grant to explore climate change and decision making Dr. Scheller and Dr. Lucash received an NSF grant to understand how indigenous communities make forest management decisions under climate change and options to improve the process. We will integrate ...
    Posted May 4, 2016, 6:29 PM by Melissa Lucash
  • New publications explores how we manage forests for resistance and resilience under climate change A new publication explores how we can manage forests for resistance (the idea of resisting change) and/or resilience (how we ensure that forests can adapt to change) under climate ...
    Posted May 3, 2016, 7:53 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.