Applied Forest Ecology in Managed Systems
As human populations increase and the environment changes, we see profound impacts on biodiversity, ecosystem function, and the social use of forests. Increasing pressure on these forests demonstrates the need to understand urban forests and to develop effective management strategies to sustain them. Co-occurring stressors to forest ecosystems include fragmentation, the establishment and spread of invasive species, and past land use conversion which occur at varying intensities in healthy, managed, and urbanizing systems. Our lab group explores gradients of human induced changes, such as urbanization and logging, on forest ecology and ecosystem processes and functions. Our work in this area includes urban forest assessments, manipulative field experiments, and controlled common garden experiments across site, landscape and system scales. We work closely with land managers and practitioners to translate our science to inform, improve and expand decision making. The goal of this research is to improve data-driven decision making to help sustain healthy forests in a changing world.