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

  • Restoration of Old-Growth Understory Communities Limited A new publication indicates that restoration of canopy structure to old-growth conditions may not immediately translate into similar understory communities.  Research in Wisconsin and Michigan - with further analysis performed ...
    Posted Jun 23, 2014, 2:40 PM by Robert Scheller
  • Minnesota Vulnerability Assessment Released Title: Minnesota forest ecosystem vulnerability assessment and synthesis: a report from the Northwoods Climate Change Response Framework projectAuthor: Handler, Stephen; Duveneck, Matthew J.; Iverson, Louis; Peters, Emily; Scheller, Robert ...
    Posted Jun 18, 2014, 8:18 AM by Robert Scheller
  • Lake Tahoe Managers Workshop on 5/29 Last week, Alec Kretchun, Dr Louise Loudermilk (USFS, former DE&L member), and Dr Peter Weisberg (U of Nevada-Reno) led a workshop to discuss our modeling results with managers ...
    Posted Jun 5, 2014, 11:47 AM by Robert Scheller
  • Brent Summers to Present Masters Project - Eastern Oregon Forest Collaboratives Brent Summers will be presenting his Masters project entitled The Effectiveness of Forest Collaborative Groups in Eastern Oregon this Friday.Time:  May 30th, 2014, 9:30amLocation:  The Urban Center ...
    Posted May 27, 2014, 1:34 PM by Brent Summers
  • Duveneck et al in CJFR Former student and now Harvard Forest post doc Matthew Duveneck has a new publication out in Canadian Journal of Forest Research entitled, "Effects of alternative forest management on biomass and ...
    Posted May 14, 2014, 10:56 AM by Alec Kretchun
  • US-IALE Meeting Symposium on Policy Development and Analysis The DE&L Lab is getting geared up for the International Association of Landscape Ecology (IALE) meeting next week in Anchorage, AK. Dr Scheller, Megan, and Alec will all be ...
    Posted May 13, 2014, 10:35 AM by Alec Kretchun
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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.