Assistant Professor, Environmental Sciences and Management
climate change. Resilience can be expressed in many ways; I focus 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). Forest landscape change ultimately determines the ability of a region or landscape to sustain natural diversity and human needs over long time scales. My research employs environmental modeling, remote sensing, multivariate and spatial statistics, coupled with traditional methods of field data collection and interpretation. I have published over 30 articles in peer-reviewed journals and have received funding from USDA, USFS, NASA, USFWS, TNC, BLM, EPA and others. I am also a Board member of the Gifford Pinchot Task Force, a Portland-based non-profit that advocates for holistic landscape management. I grew up in Minnesota and did my graduate work on Forest Ecology at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. I moved to Oregon in 2007 and I enjoy the natural wonders of the Pacific Northwest when not on campus.
E-mail: rmschell [at] pdx.edu
My CV is provided below.