Research - Quantitative Ecology

The Quantitative Ecology group studies and advances quantitative methods related to statistical, simulation, and analytical modeling of natural systems at multiple levels of biological organization and at varying spatial and temporal scales. Members of the group also employ advanced monitoring and informatics techniques to track biota across varied landscapes and synthesize diverse environmental data. The group works to develop, coordinate and promote quantitative research and education addressing a wide range of topics of interest to natural resource professionals.

Dr. John Couture
Integrating chemical and landscape ecology to advance our understanding of the influence of trophic-level interactions on ecosystem functioning

Dr. Songlin Fei
Spatial analysis and pattern recognition, invasive species distribution modeling and forest ecosystem dynamic modeling

Dr. Brady Hardiman
Ecosystem responses to anthropogenic modification including disturbance, management, land-use change associated with urbanization, remote sensing, and ecosystem modeling.

Dr. Tomas Höök
Fish ecology and ecological modeling focusing on recruitment processes, foodweb interactions, bio-physical coupling, eutrophication effects and fish life history trait variation

Dr. Jacob Hosen
Leverage internet of things technology to deploy environmental sensors networks that provides real-time sensing for predictive ecosystem models

Dr. Jingjing Liang
Connecting machine learning and big data in studying fundamental questions in forest resource modeling and assessment

Dr. Bryan Pijanowski
Land-use modeling & spatial ecology,ecological assessment, natural resource economic impact analysis

Dr. Michael Saunders
Disturbance-based silviculture/ecological forestry, restoration ecology in forested systems

Dr. Guofan Shao
Disturbance-based silviculture/ecological forestry, restoration ecology in forested systems

Dr. Rob Swihart
Disturbance ecology, effects of habitat fragmentation, spatial modeling of populations & communities

Dr. Pat Zollner
Methodical research on statistical data collection & modeling, spatial statistics and its applications to environmental sciences

Areas of Specialization:

  • Quantitative Ecology
  • Wildlife Management
  • Restoration Ecology
  • Conservation Biology
  • Spatial Ecology
  • Fragmentation Ecology
  • Ecotoxicology
  • Wildlife Nutrition
  • Wildlife Physiology
  • Human Wildlife Interactions
  • Population Ecology
  • Community Ecology

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