Issues of biodiversity, conservation, and ecosystem management increasingly need to be addressed at large spatial and temporal scales. Our research in landscape ecology puts ecological questions in such large spatial and temporal contexts. Our research in geographic information sciences explores new technical advances to help process and analyze large spatial data. We endeavor to advance the science and technology to solve regional planning, management, conservation, and restoration problems.
Our research objectives are to integrate spatial modeling and geographical information systems to study landscape/regional response to various natural and social factors over large spatial and temporal domains. Projects with both theoretical significance and application potential are among our research priorities. Our research equally emphasizes advances in landscape ecology (spatial ecology) and geographic information science. Our study in landscape ecology focuses on theories of spatial modeling, and landscape metrics, linking spatial pattern to ecological processes, and construction of historical landscape (such as pre-European settlement). Our study in geographic information science focuses on GIS and remote sensing data integration, GIS interpolation, spatial data visualization, and analytical approaches.
We conduct undergraduate and graduate education primarily in the areas of geographic information systems, offering the following courses: Introduction to GIS (NATR 4325/7325), GIS Applications (NATR 4365/7365), and Landscape Ecology & GIS Analysis II (NATR 8395)