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

  • New version of LANDIS-II Century! Today we celebrated the release of the new version of the LANDIS-II Century Succession extension!  There were many improvements to the extension, including revisions to the climate library, soil ...
    Posted Feb 19, 2015, 7:24 PM by Melissa Lucash
  • NACP & AmeriFlux Joint Principal Investigators Meeting in D.C. This week, the North American Carbon Program and AmeriFlux are jointly hosting their 5th Principal Investigators Meeting in Washington D.C. Presentation and workshop topics range from human impacts on ...
    Posted Jan 28, 2015, 7:40 PM by Brooke Cassell
  • Melissa receives a Wilburforce Fellowship Congratulations, Melissa!  Dr. Melissa Lucash received a 2015 WilburforceFellowship in Conservation ScienceShe was selected as only one of 20 fellows in the western U.S. and Canada. This new ...
    Posted Jan 27, 2015, 1:30 PM by Melissa Lucash
  • New project! Projecting aspen productivity and distribution in Idaho The DE&L lab is excited to announce a new project we started late this summer. "Projecting climate change effects on aspen distribution and productivity in the northern Rockies by ...
    Posted Dec 19, 2014, 10:40 AM by Robert Scheller
  • New DE&L publication! A new publication, Improving the representation of roots in terrestrial models, co-authored by Erica Smithwick (Penn State U.), DE&L lab member Melissa Lucash, Luke McCormack (Chinese Academy of ...
    Posted Sep 19, 2014, 9:11 AM by Melissa Lucash
  • Our Research Featured at Canadian Journal of Forest Research! Dear Author, On behalf of the Editors of CJFR, it is my pleasure to inform you that your paper published in the July issue of the Canadian Journal of Forest ...
    Posted Sep 16, 2014, 1:54 PM by Robert Scheller
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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.