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Dean Anderson

Research Ecologist
Rhinelander, WI
Phone: 715-362-1116

Current Research

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.

Research Interests

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

Professional Organizations

  • Ecological Society of America
  • International Association for Landscape Ecology
  • Associate Editor for Landscape Ecology

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Last updated on : 04/19/2013