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 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. He is an Associate Professor at Portland State University and the Director of the Dynamic Ecosystems and Landscapes Lab. 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
My CV is provided below.