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 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 Apr 4, 2016, 5:45 AM by Robert Scheller
  • New publication explores Net Sector Productivity, a new carbon indicator that integrates climate change and forestry Just released: Carbon sequestration in managed temperate coniferous forests under climate change in Biogeosciences.One of the challenges when designing forest management plans to mitigate climate change is accounting for ...
    Posted Mar 30, 2016, 7:40 AM by Robert Scheller
  • Bioenergy production from the Oregon Coast Range A new publication from DE&L highlights the risks and opportunities for bioenergy (aka 'biofuel') production from the Oregon Coast Range under climate change.  The PDF is attached below.  This ...
    Posted Feb 17, 2016, 11:13 AM by Robert Scheller
  • Dr. Scheller awarded Distinguished Service Award by US-IALE Dr. Scheller has been awarded the Distinguished Service Award by US Chapter of the International Association for Landscape Ecology (IALE).  The award for Distinguished Service recognizes individuals who have contributed ...
    Posted Mar 1, 2016, 3:36 AM by Robert Scheller
  • Community Forestry in Nepal—Highlights from the Field A brief description of the highlights from our (Luintel, Scheller) trip to Nepal in March 2015:http://www.pdx.edu/sustainability/solutions-blog/community-forestry-in-nepal-highlights-from-the ...
    Posted Dec 14, 2015, 9:10 AM by Robert Scheller
  • Climate change workshop in northern MN Drs. Robert Scheller and Melissa Lucash traveled to Bemidji, MN from November 4-6, 2015 and presented the results of their USDA-funded grant to stakeholders.  They outlined which species ...
    Posted Nov 9, 2015, 11:23 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.