The Landscape Ecology Lab is a workplace for faculty and students interested in issues of spatial pattern and scale.

Faculty participants include:

Dean Urban
Landscape change; forest ecosystems; metapopulations and conservation planning
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Jennifer Swenson
Remote sensing; geospatial analysis; conservation planning
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Norm Christensen
Ecosystem management; disturbance ecology; community ecology
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John Fay
Species-habitat modeling, geospatial tool development
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Pete Harrell
Remote sensing, geospatial analysis
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The lab has also hosted students working with John Terborgh, Curt Richardson, Dan Richter, and others.

Current and recent graduate students and other inhabitants include:

Kayleigh Somers

PhD Candidate. Research: Landscape influences on stream ecosystems; restoration ecology.
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Steve Mitchell

Postdoc (Norm Christensen). Research: Plant ecology, fire, ecosystem management, simulation modeling.
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Mariano Gonzalez Roglich

PhD student (Jennifer Swenson). Reseach:Remote sensing. conservation, phenology
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Ron Sutherland

PhD, 2010 (with John Terborgh). Research: Effects of rrbanization on reptiles and amphibians in the Sandhills region of North Carolina. Current: Conservation Scientist, The Wildlands Project, Durham, NC
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Joe Sexton

PhD, 2009. Research: Spatiotemporal patterns of land use/land cover change in the North Carolina Piedmont. Current: Research Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, University of Maryland.
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Nicki Cagle

PhD, 2008 (with Norm Christenson & John Terborgh). Research: Multiscale habitat relationships of snakes in the Prairie Peninsula of Illinois.
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Emily Minor

PhD, 2006. Research: Integrating forest bird behavior to the landscape scale. Current: Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, University of Illinois at Chicago.
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Monique Rocca

PhD, 2004 (with Norm Christensen). Research: Fine-scale heterogeneity in fire regimes in Sierra Nevada Forests. Current: Assistant Professor, Department of Forest, Rangeland, and Watershed Stewardship, Colorado State University.
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Rob McDonald

PhD, 2004. Research: Landscape history, land use pattern and forest dynamics in the North Carolina Piedmont. Current: Vanguard scientist, The Nature Conservancy, Arlington, VA
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Todd Lookingbill

PhD, 2003. Research: The Tsuga-Abies ecotone in Pacific Northwestern conifer forests: demographic mechanisms and environmental constraints. Current: Assistant Professor, Geography and the Environment, University of Richmond
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Ken Pierce

PhD, 2002. Research: Reconciling forest demography with gradient analysis in montane landscapes. Current: Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife
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Chiru Chang

PhD, 1999 (with Norm Christensen). Research: Understanding fire regimes: a general model. Current: Associate Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture, Chinese Culture University, Taiwan
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Sarah Goslee

PhD, 1998 (with Norm Christensen). Research: Community ecology, agricultural landscapes, spatial and multivariate analysis. Current: Ecologist, USDA-ARS Pasture Systems and Watershed Management Research Unit, University Park, PA
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Prospective students

Prospective graduate students and visitors should first review available programs, including our Master's of Environmental Management program, the School's PhD program in Environmental Science, and Duke's University Program in Ecology (more info). Inquiries then should be directed to a faculty member whose interests best match your own. The lab also entertains proposals for short visits by graduate students from other institutions; again, contact individual faculty to explore such arrangements.

Masters of Environmental Management (MEM) students and undergrads participate in the lab on a case-by-case basis, usually on lab-sponsored research projects. Interested students should contact lab members to discuss opportunities.