Associate Professor: Environmental Sciences and Management
Director: Dynamic Ecosystems and Landscape Lab
Faculty Fellow: Institute for Sustainable Solutions
Vice-President: International Association for Landscape Ecology
Board of Directors: Gifford Pinchot Task Force
Founder: The LANDIS-II Foundation
Member: ESA, US-IALE, IALE, SAF, AAAS
Dr. Scheller is a professor at Portland State University where he teaches forest ecology and related courses. He received his PhD in Forest Ecology from the University of Wisconsin. His research focuses on forest landscape change: how forests have changed, how they will change, and why it matters. Specifically, his research examines how forest management and natural disturbances generate or reduce forest health, specifically in regards to climate change. His research forecasts landscape change to inform forest policy, regionally and globally. He has published more than 60 manuscripts and book chapters and otherwise enjoys the natural and cultural amenities of Portland.
Dr. Scheller is an Associate Professor at Portland State University and the Director of the Dynamic Ecosystems and Landscapes Lab. He grew up in Minnesota and received his B.S. in Biology from the University of Minnesota and Masters and Doctoral degrees in Forest Ecology from the University of Wisconsin. His research focuses on forest landscape change: how forests have changed, how they will change, and why it matters. Specifically, his research examines how forest management and natural disturbances generate or reduce resilience, specifically in regards to climate change. Resilience can be expressed in many ways; Robert focuses on biological resilience (plant and animal abundance on the landscape), functional resilience (carbon dynamics, ecosystem processes, and broad-scale disturbance regimes) and spatial resilience (the spatial distribution of biological and functional components). His research is data-driven (using remote sensing, spatial statistics, and field data collection) and deploys advanced technology to forecast landscape change. He has published more than 50 manuscripts and book chapters and has received funding from NSF, USDA, USFS, USGS, BLM, EPA and others. Outside of his academic endeavors, he enjoys the natural wonders of the Pacific Northwest and the cultural wonders of Portland.
E-mail: rmschell [at] pdx.edu
Climate Change and Oregon Forests
My CV is provided below.