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Managing Forests for Change Given an Uncertain Future


Jun 01, 2016 - 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.


Columbia University, Fairchild Hall, Room 601

Dr. Scheller’s research focuses on forest landscape change: how forests have changed, how they will change, and why it matters. Specifically, he examines how forest management and natural disturbances generate or reduce resilience, specifically in regards to climate change. Resilience can be expressed in many ways; Robert focuses on biological resilience (plant and animal abundance on the landscape), functional resilience (carbon dynamics, ecosystem processes, and broad-scale disturbance regimes) and spatial resilience (the spatial distribution of biological and functional components). His research is data-driven (using remote sensing, spatial statistics, and field data collection) and deploys advanced technology to forecast landscape change. He has published more than 50 manuscripts and book chapters and has received funding from NSF, USDA, USFS, USGS, BLM, EPA and others.


Dr. Robert Scheller, Charles Bullard Fellow, Harvard Forest