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About LEAPS



L
andscape Ecology at Penn State (LEAPS) is Erica Smithwick's research lab focused on understanding how ecosystems change in space and time.  We use field studies, models, and laboratory activities to measure, quantify, and forecast these changes to inform landscape-level research and management.  
 

Our research is aimed at understanding how natural and human disturbances influence landscape sustainability.

Many of our projects address the implications of disturbances on:
    1. Forest carbon fluxes & nutrient cycling
    2. Human health
    3. Belowground dynamics (roots)