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

  • Managing for resistance and resilience in northern Great Lake Forests We examined resistance and resilience of disturbance, management, and climate change in northern Great Lake forests.  These represent the last two chapters of Matthew Duveneck's (PhD 2013) dissertation and ...
    Posted Sep 21, 2015, 5:05 AM by Robert Scheller
  • An Assessment of Carbon Stocks of Mangroves in Madagascar Dr. Trevor Jones published "The Dynamics, Ecological Variability and Estimated Carbon Stocks of Mangroves in Mahajamba Bay, Madagascar" in the Journal of Marine Science and Engineering.  Congrats, Trevor!Access the ...
    Posted Sep 21, 2015, 4:59 AM by Robert Scheller
  • IALE World Congress has Concluded! The 2015 World Congress of the International Association for Landscape Ecology has concluded!  Over 850 scientists and practitioners from over 50 countries came to downtown Portland and Portland State University ...
    Posted Jul 20, 2015, 3:12 PM by Robert Scheller
  • Field trip to Klamath Last week Drs. Lucash and Scheller joined up with fellow co-PIs in Happy Camp, CA for a field visit associated with the 'Klamath Fire and Climate' project. This NSF ...
    Posted May 23, 2015, 11:43 AM by Melissa Lucash
  • Dr. Melissa Lucash attends Wilburforce Conference During the last week of April, DE&L member Dr. Melissa Lucash attended a six-day conference in Seattle as part of her Wilburforce Fellowship in Conservation Science (http://www ...
    Posted May 7, 2015, 8:55 AM by Melissa Lucash
  • Brooke Cassell wins first prize at Student Environmental Challenge! PhD student Brooke Cassell took home first prize over the weekend for her talk at the Student Environmental Challenge, held by the Oregon Chapter of the Air & Waste Management Association ...
    Posted May 1, 2015, 4:23 PM by Brooke Cassell
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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.