I am biogeographer specialized in land change science. My research focuses on human-environment relations affecting patterns and processes of land-use land-cover change. My specific research interests are monitoring and modeling land transformation, biophysical remote sensing and ecological dynamics of plant invasions.
Tom Rudel conducts research on land use change. He has researched the driving forces behind tropical deforestation both through case studies in the Ecuadorian Amazon and through quantitative analyses at the global scale. The latter set of studies has included work on 'the forest transition'. He has also done research on the forces that have driven suburban sprawl, primarily through field studies in the northeastern United States. He currently He has just finished a book, entitled 'Defensive Environmentalists and the Paths to Global Environmental Reform', to be published by Cambridge University Press.
Dr. Amy Lerner - Post-doctoral research firstname.lastname@example.org
Post Doctoral Research Assistant working with Laura Schneider and Tom Rudel. Research interests: Food security, urban ecology, human dimensions of environmental change, political/cultural ecology, sustainable livelihoods, mixed methods, Latin America
I am broadly interested in drawing from human-environment geography, landscape ecology, remote sensing and geographic information science in order to answer questions related to current patterns of land use and land cover change in the tropics, and their socio-ecological impacts.
My doctoral dissertation research aims to characterize forest fragmentation in the Calakmul - Sian Ka’an Biological Corridor, Mexico, over the last four decades, and understand how it relates to forest damage and initial recovery from the impact of hurricane Dean (2007). My methods include a detailed temporal analysis of available land cover products, socio economic data, and plot-level field sampling data. Improving our understanding of the synergistic effects of fragmentation and hurricanes on forest dynamics in the Mexican Yucatán is particularly relevant in light of current predictions of increased hurricane intensity associated to global environmental change in the future.
Diya Paul is a second year PhD (Geography) student at Rutgers whose research interests lie at the intersection of bio-geography, land change science and political ecology. For her dissertation she is working on wildlife conservation outside Protected Areas, specifically looking at community managed forests in southern India. This summer (2013) she is working on analyzing the socioeconomic data collected by the EDGY project.
I am a second year MS (Geography) student whose research interest lie in resource management, sustainability, and political geography. I am particularly interested in the use of GIS, remote sensing and spatial statistics in the study of these topics, especially water and forest resources and their political implications. My thesis will be a spatial and statistical analysis of water demand characteristics in the Phoenix, AZ metro area. My work with the EDGY project involves EVI damage analysis of forested areas in the Yucatan.