Ecology of Natural Systems

wild plants  

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


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


Population-Community

  • Dr. Jeffrey Dukes
    • Community, ecosystem, and global ecology; biodiversity and biological invasions; ecosystem impacts of global environmental change
  • Dr. Andrew DeWoody
    • Population genetics, molecular ecology and evolution
  • Dr. John Dunning
    • Response of wildlife populations to large-scale change, conservation biology, restoration ecology, conservation biology
  • Dr. Songlin Fei
    • Spatial analysis and pattern recognition, invasive species distribution modeling and forest ecosystem dynamic modeling
  • Dr. Reuben Goforth
    • Aquatic ecology, fish and insect species and communities in streams, species persistence, community ecology
  • 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. Michael Jenkins
    • Effects of invasive species on ecosystem structure and function, forest ecosystem response to disturbances
  • Dr. Michael Saunders
    • Disturbance-based silviculture/ecological foresty, restoration ecology in forested systems
  • Dr. Rob Swihart
    • Disturbance ecology, effects of habitat fragmentation, spatial modeling of populations & communities
  • Dr. Harmon (Mickey) Weeks
    • Ecological energetics of avian reproduction, mineral nutritional ecology of mammalian herbivores
  • Dr.Rod Williams
    • Ecology and conservation of amphibians and reptiles, education and outreach, genetics

Ecosystem

  • Dr. Jeffrey Dukes
    • Community, ecosystem, and global ecology; biodiversity and biological invasions; ecosystem impacts of global environmental change
  • Dr. Songlin Fei
    • Spatial analysis and pattern recognition, invasive species distribution modeling and forest ecosystem dynamic modeling


Landscape

  • Dr. John Dunning
    • Response of wildlife populations to large-scale change, conservation biology, restoration ecology, conservation biology
  • Dr. Songlin Fei
    • Spatial analysis and pattern recognition, invasive species distribution modeling and forest ecosystem dynamic modeling
  • Dr. Bryan Pijanowski
    • Land-use modeling & spatial ecology,ecological assessment, natural resource economic impact analysis
  • Dr. Guofan Shao
    • Smart applications of geospatial technology including remote sensing & geographic information systems
  • Dr. Rob Swihart
    • Disturbance ecology, effects of habitat fragmentation, spatial modeling of populations & communities
  • Dr. Hao Zhang
    • Methodical research on statistical data collection & modeling, spatial statistics and its applications to environmental sciences
  • Dr. Patrick Zollner
    • ​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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