Ecosystem Dynamics & Environmental Change Team (EDEC)
Becky Kerns, Team Leader
Forestry Sciences Laboratory
3200 SW Jefferson Way
Corvallis, OR 97331
Our mission: To generate and communicate
interdisciplinary knowledge about ecosystem dynamics and threats
to biodiversity and ecosystem
services stemming from fire, climate change, and other natural
and human-caused disturbances and their interactions. We conduct
spatial scales by using a combination of empirical, experimental,
and simulation modeling approaches.
Research Focus Areas
system response to climate change, and threats to clean water.
Development of models and tools to better manage and mitigate
Ecosystem and species responses to historic and future climatic
Watershed health and sustainability
Restoration of hydrologic and geomorphic systems to reduce threats
Ecosystem dynamics and threats to social-ecological systems following
Forest hydrologic responses following fires.
Biodiversity and ecological resilience to historical and novel
fire-prone dry forests.
Landscape assessment, modeling, and management
Potential climate change interactions with vegetation, disturbance
and management, and development of adaptation and mitigation
Interactions between social-ecological drivers of landscape dynamics and animal
Team Members and Research Interests
Research Ecologist: Landscape ecology, biodiversity and habitat
Becky Kerns, Team Leader/Research Ecologist: Terrestrial plant
and disturbance ecology.
John Lehmkuhl, Research Wildlife Biologist: Ecosystem management
strategies for dry forests.
David W. Peterson, Research Forester: Fire ecology, dry-forest
restoration ecology, dendroecology.
Peter Singleton, Ecologist: Animal -habitat relationships, emphasizing
Richard Woodsmith (Emeritus), Research Hydrologist: Geomorphic
form, process, aquatic stream habitats.
Michelle Buonopane, Biological Technician (term).
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