We live in a period when crucial resources that have always been taken for granted, such as water, soil and air, are imperiled. Wise use of these resources, often termed ‘sustainability’, should be based on a scientific understanding of the relevant ecological patterns and processes that assure the provision of these resources. Many ecological phenomena are spatially structured, and their study requires spatially explicit approaches in all aspects of research, including experimental design, statistical analysis and predictive modelling.
The overarching goal of The Ecology Lab is to gain a quantitative understanding of the complex spatial behavior of environmental phenomena, which in turn may translate to better resource management and environmental policies.
Lab research interests are very diverse, including (1) spatial and dynamic modelling of ecological systems, (2) studying long term vegetation dynamics at the landscape scale, (3) mapping of biodiversity using environmental surrogates, and (4) use of Remote Sensing and GIS for informing natural resources management.