Research in our lab examines the role of spatial heterogeneity on spatial processes with particular emphasis on forest disturbance dynamics. Spatial heterogeneity generally refers to the composition and configuration of forest stands or regions that are composed of groups of trees of different ages or species. Forest disturbances such as fire, insect outbreaks, and logging (i.e., forest management) create distinct spatial patterns in forest ecosystems that either alone, or in combination, can have significant economic and ecological consequences. Within a landscape ecology framework and using tools such as spatial statistical analysis, simulation models, and landscape genetics, we investigate the role of spatial heterogeneity on broad-scale forest dynamics and their consequences for conservation.
March 10th, 2014 - ACOA spruce budworm early intervention funding announced!
These funds will be used to help us characterize the dispersal capacity of the spruce budworm using genetic technologies.
March 4th, 2014 - NIMBIOS Meeting
Patrick met with Vlasitimil Kirvan, Elise Filotas, and Anupam Priyadarshi in Knoxville, Tennessee to work on mathematical models to explore the relationships between forest diversity and spruce budworm population dynamics. Details here.
Jan 25th, 2014 - TRIANet - NSERC Strategic Network Grant to examine mountain pine beetle spread risk funding announced! Click image below or here