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ECOSYSTEM MANAGEMENT AND CONSERVATION BIOLOGY FACULTY THEME GROUP. UTILIZING A LANDSCAPE SCALE APPROACH IN SOLVING COMPLEX ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS. Why do we need an ecosystem and landscape-scale approach?. “Dead Zone”.
UTILIZING A LANDSCAPE SCALE APPROACH IN SOLVING COMPLEX ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS
ANOXIA IN THE GULF OF MEXICO IS BELIEVED TO BE CAUSED BY EXCESS NITROGEN AS A RESULT OF AGRICULTURAL RUNOFF FROM SIX DIFFERENT RIVER BASINS. FARMERS IN IOWA IMPACT LOUISINA SHRIMPERS. CLEARLY, AN ECOSYSTEM WIDE APPROACH IS APPROPRIATE FOR THIS COMPLEX ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEM.
David Allan Aquatic Ecosystems
Burt Barnes Forest and Landscape Ecology
Kathleen Bergen GIS, Remote Sensing
Dan Brown GIS, Remote Sensing
Terry Brown Land Use Planning, Landscape Architecture
Donna Erickson Land Use Planning, Landscape Architecture
Bob Grese Ecological Restoration
Michael Moore Environmental Economics, Aquatic Ecosystems
Joan I. Nassauer Land Use Planning, Landscape Architecture
Ivette Perfecto Terrestrial Ecosystems, Environmental Justice
Dorceta Taylor Environmental Justice
John Witter Terrestrial Ecosystems, Forest Entomology
Julia Wondolleck Collaboration & Decision-Making
Steve Yaffee Environmental Policy, Collaboration & Decision-Making
Donald Zak Terrestrial Ecosystems
Adam Block Graduate Student Research Associate
The study and practice of evaluating the status of extant organisms and developing techniques to manage these populations for future sustainability, including methods to bring endangered organisms back from the threat of extinction.
Project SLUCESpatial Land Use Change and Ecological Effects at the Rural-Urban Interface:Agent-Based Modeling and Evaluation of Alternative Policies and Interventions
Dan Brown and Joan I. Nassauer, Co-PIs; with multiple collaborators
Project SLUCE seeks to understand the individual decision-making that drives land use decisions and to formulate and test alternative policies and interventions that could reduce environmental costs and enhance environmental benefits. A multidisciplinary team will develop, evaluate, and apply agent-based models of land use and cover change processes and assess the interactions with ecosystem structure and function. Results will have direct implications for understanding social and landscape dynamics within an urban system and at the urban-rural fringe.
Landscape Ecology and the Conservation of the Kirtland's
(Burton Barnes and Wayne Walker)
This research demonstrates that warblers are inseparable parts of landscape ecosystems. The summer breeding ground of the rare and endangered Kirtland's Warbler is in northern Lower Michigan in ecosystems dominated by jack pine. Creating new warbler habitat is a primary recovery issue. Traditionally, the primary focus in recovery has been on the warbler itself. However, studies of landscape ecosystems revealed that changes in location of warbler populations over 13 years were closely associated with ecosystem features of topography, microclimate, and soil. Therefore, by understanding ecosystems, managers can locate new warbler habitat that can at least triple the duration of warbler occupancy.
LEARNING FROM EXPERIENCE: A NATIONAL RESOURCE
FOR COLLABORATION AND PARTNERSHIPS
DEVELOPED THROUGH A PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE ECOSYSTEM MANAGEMENT
INITIATIVE AND THE U.S. FOREST SERVICE
Learning from Experience is a website of natural resource collaboration and partnership case studies and lessons that are designed to inspire and inform people engaged in partnership development.
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EM-CB FACULTY THEME LEADERS
J. DAVID ALLAN