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Ecology of Natural Systems

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 Ecology of Natural Systems

 
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Develop knowledge of factors influencing complex interactions in ecological systems at multiple scales of biological organization ranging from physiological to community and eco-region units, with an emphasis on effects of anthropogenic drivers such as climate and land-use change and tactics for restoring and conserving ecological processes.

Faculty


Physiology

Aquatic animal nutrition, physiology, biochemistry
Chemically mediated host location and colonization behavior of wood-boring insects
Forest tree regeneration including nursery culture, outplanting and early stand management
Plant genes affecting lignin composition, phytoremediation, heartwood and figured wood formation, root initiation, and water-use efficiency
Ecotoxicology, development and application of molecular biomarkers of exposure and effects to environmental contaminants in vertebrate and invertebrate animal models

Population-Community

Community, ecosystem, and global ecology; biodiversity and biological invasions; ecosystem impacts of global environmental change
Population genetics, molecular ecology and evolution
Response of wildlife populations to large-scale change, conservation biology, restoration ecology, conservation biology
Spatial analysis and pattern recognition, invasive species distribution modeling and forest ecosystem dynamic modeling
Aquatic ecology, fish and insect species and communities in streams, species persistence, community ecology
Fish ecology and ecological modeling focusing on recruitment processes, foodweb interactions, bio-physical coupling, eutrophication effects and fish life history trait variation
Effects of invasive species on ecosystem structure and function, forest ecosystem response to disturbances
Disturbance-based silviculture/ecological foresty, restoration ecology in forested systems
Disturbance ecology, effects of habitat fragmentation, spatial modeling of populations & communities
Ecological energetics of avian reproduction, mineral nutritional ecology of mammalian herbivores
Ecology and conservation of amphibians and reptiles, education and outreach, genetics

Ecosystem

Community, ecosystem, and global ecology; biodiversity and biological invasions; ecosystem impacts of global environmental change
Spatial analysis and pattern recognition, invasive species distribution modeling and forest ecosystem dynamic modeling

Landscape

Response of wildlife populations to large-scale change, conservation biology, restoration ecology, conservation biology
Spatial analysis and pattern recognition, invasive species distribution modeling and forest ecosystem dynamic modeling
Land-use modeling & spatial ecology,ecological assessment, natural resource economic impact analysis
Smart applications of geospatial technology including remote sensing & geographic information systems
Disturbance ecology, effects of habitat fragmentation, spatial modeling of populations & communities
Methodical research on statistical data collection & modeling, spatial statistics and its applications to environmental sciences
Behavioral ecology of ecological landscapes, forest management in changing landscapes, animal movements

Graduate


Graduate students work with their major professor and advisory committee to develop a plan of study that is customized to their individual needs.

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Undergraduate


Undergraduate students work with faculty and staff in the Office of Student Services to select courses that fulfill their interests and requirements of their major.

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