I am generally interested in Reciprocal interactions between spatial pattern in the environment and biological processes. My research incorporates empirical field studies, simulation modeling and quantitative analysis. I am currently investigating the following research topics:
- The influence of spatial factors on the dispersal and spread of defoliating insects, and the consequences of outbreaks on forest dynamics.
- The influence of spatial heterogeneity on elk (Cervus elaphus) movements and demography in 4 North American study sites.
- Trophic interactions among wolves (Canis lupus), white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) and plant communities in Wisconsin.
- The influence of landscape factors on northern goshawk (Accipiter gentiles) nesting and productivity in northern Wisconsin.
I will develop a novel conceptual framework for understanding reciprocal interactions between pattern and process. Across taxonomic groups and land-use scenarios, what do we need to know about a species? life history traits, behavior, physiology and its landscape to predict how a population will fare and how it will influence landscape dynamics? I will use telemetry, remote sensing, behavioral observations, field sampling techniques, Geographic Information Systems, population genetics, spatial modeling and quantitative analyses to address basic and applied research questions related to species-landscape interactions.
Why This Research is Important
In the face of extensive human-induced environmental change, it is critical to understand how populations respond to and subsequently influence dynamics on complex and fluctuating landscapes. This research provides a quantitative basis for scientists and managers to anticipate how management protocols will affect population and landscape dynamics over broad-spatial the temporal scales.
- University of Wisconsin-Madison, Ph.D. Zoology, 2001
- University of Puget Sound, B.S. Physical Therapy., 1985
- Ecological Society of America
- International Association for Landscape Ecology
- Associate Editor for Landscape Ecology
Featured Publications & Products
- Anderson, Dean P.; Sturtevant, Brian R. 2011. Pattern analysis of eastern spruce budworm Choristoneura fumiferana dispersal.
- Anderson, Dean P.; Forester, James D.; Turner, Monica G. 2008. When to slow down: elk residency rates on a heterogeneous landscape.
- Howell, J.T.; Lucero, Mary; Estell, Rick; Anderson, Dean; Fredrickson, Ed; Remmenga, Marta. 2007. Differences in volatile profiles between populations of Ceratoides lanata var. subspinosa (Rydb.).
Publications & Products
- Donner, Deahn M.; Anderson, Dean; Eklund, Daniel; St.Pierre, Matthew. 2013. Large-scale forest composition influences northern goshawk nesting in Wisconsin.
- Sturtevant, Brian R.; Achtemeier, Gary L.; Charney, Joseph J.; Anderson, Dean P.; Cooke, Barry J.; Townsend, Phillip A. 2013. Long-distance dispersal of spruce budworm (Choristoneura fumiferana Clemens) in Minnesota (USA) and Ontario (Canada) via the atmospheric pathway.