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.
To address these questions, we seek to understand the primary drivers that dictate forest landscape change. We use the concepts and theories from landscape ecology, forest ecology, and ecosystem ecology to develop the fundamental science required to understand how landscapes change. Social science is also an emerging contributor to our research approach as local knowledge and actions and networks are pivotal to understanding potential futures.
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 to supporting policies that encourage continuing education, research, and practices of sustainability in forested landscapes.