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Research Ecologist

Samuel A. Cushman

Research Ecologist
2500 S. Pine Knoll Dr.
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Phone: 928-556-2177
Fax: 928-556-2130
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Current Research

My current research studies include developing statistics and software for landscape pattern analysis, vegetation distribution, growth, regeneration along biophysical gradients and effects of management, fire and climate regimes on vegetation pattern and process at landscape levels. My other research projects include effective multi-resource monitoring, multi-scale wildlife habitat relationships modeling and new approaches to model habitat connectivity

Research Interests

Landscape ecology, landscape genetics, forest ecology, climate change, wildlife ecology, disturbance ecology, population biology, landscape dynamic simulation modeling, landscape pattern analysis.

Past Research

Landscape ecology, landscape genetics, forest ecology, climate change, wildlife ecology, disturbance ecology, population biology, landscape dynamic simulation modeling, landscape pattern analysis.

Pre Forest Service

  • Grand, J. and S.A. Cushman. 2003. A multi-scale analysis of species-environment relationships: breeding birds in a pitch pine-scrub oak (Pinus rigida-Quercus ilicifolia) community.  Biological Conservation.  112(3): 307-317.
  • McGarigal, K. and S.A. Cushman.  2002.  Comparative evaluation of experimental approaches to the study of habitat fragmentation effects.  Ecological Applications 12(2): 335-345.
  • Cushman, S.A. and K. McGarigal.  2002. Hierarchical, multi-scale decomposition of species environment relationships.  Landscape Ecology. 17:637-646.
  • Cushman, S.A. and D.O. Wallin. 2000. Rates and patterns of landscape change in the Sikhote-alin Mountains, Russian Far East. Landscape Ecology 15(7): 643-659.

 

 

Why This Research is Important

The value of a landscape perspective is now widely recognized in the resource management community.  This perspective offers a useful framework for considering many resource management issues that often are in conflict.  The integration of these multiple resources and management objectives in a rigorous and coherent manner is fundamentally a landscape ecology problem.  There is a need for advanced research and management applications in landscape ecology in the Rocky Mountain region.  Local management decisions should be guided by the broader ecological and social contexts in which the project exists.  Climate change, fire, invasive species, insect and disease outbreaks, managing endangered species and human-environment interactions are examples of resource management issues that can benefit from applying the science of landscape ecology.

Education

  • University of Massachusetts, Ph.D. Landscape Ecology, 2003
  • Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA, MS Landscape Ecology, 1997
  • Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA, BS Landscape Ecology, 1995

Professional Experience

  • Director, Center for Lanscape Science, RMRS - Forest and Woodland Ecosystems, Flagstaff, AZ
    2011 - Current
  • Affiliate Faculty, Oregon State University, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
    2010 - Current
  • Adjunct Professor, Northern Arizona University, School of Forestry
    2009 - Current
  • Research Landscape Ecologist, RMRS - Forest and Woodland Ecosystems, Flagstaff, AZ
    2009 - Current
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Idaho, Department of Entomology
    2009 - Current
  • Adjunct Professor, Baylor University, Department of Biology
    2008 - Current
  • Affiliate Faculty, University of Montana, College of Forestry
    2003 - Current
  • Research Landscape Ecologist, RMRS - Forest and Woodland Ecosystems, Missoula, MT
    2006 - 2009
  • Wildlife Biologist, RMRS - 4201, Missoula, MT
    2003 - 2006
  • Graduate School Fellow, University of Massachusetts
    2002 - 2003
  • GAANN OEB Fellow, University of Massachusetts
    1998 - 2003
  • Ecologist, Michael P. Williams Consulting Inc. Seattle, WA
    1997 - 1998
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Western Washington University
    1996 - 1997
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, Western Washington University
    1996 - 1996
  • Biologist 1, Washington State Department of Wildlife, Ephrata, WA
    1991 - 1992

Professional Organizations

  • The Journal Frontiers In Ecology And Evolution, Specialy Chief Editor (2013 - Current)
    Chief editor in charge of an editorial board of over 100 members and is responsible for overall management of the specialty section in “evolutionary and population genetics” of the Frontiers journals. In this capacity, he selects and recruits editorial board members, provides training and guidance to improve the performance of the editorial board, sets the overall scope and mission for the specialty section, reviews and approves proposals for special topics for the journal, handles disputes in the editorial process and generally oversees the management of the specialty section.
  • The Journal Biodiversity And Conservation, Associate Editor (2012 - Current)
    Handling topics related to corridors and population connectivity, landscape genetics, habitat fragmentation. In his role as subject editor, the scientist hangles approximately 12 manuscripts each year.
  • The Journal Biodiversity And Conservation, Associate Editor (2012 - Current)
    Handling topics related to corridors and population connectivity, landscape genetics, habitat fragmentation. In his role as subject editor, the scientist handles approximately 12 manuscripts each year.
  • The Journal Landscape Ecology, Associate Editor (2012 - Current)
    Responsible for the section "landscape ecology in review" which contains papers on a wide range of landscape ecology topics. The scientist is responsible for soliciting submissions for this section, assigning handling editors and guiding review and revision and making final recommendation to the editor in chief. In his role as Associate Editor, the scientist handles approzimately 24 manuscripts each year.
  • The Journal Landscape Ecology, Editorial Board Member (2012 - Current)
    Handling topics related to landscape pattern analysis, landscape genetics, and climate-vegetation dynamics. In his role as subject editor, the scientist handles approximately 12 manuscripts each year.
  • The Journal Landscape Ecology, Associate Editor (2012 - Current)
    Responsible for the section "landscape ecology in review" which contains papers on a wide range of landscape ecology topics. The scientist is responsible for soliciting submissions for this section, assigning handling editors and guiding review and revision and making final recommendation to the editor in chief. In his role as Associate Editor, the scientist handles approximately 24 manuscripts each year.
  • The Journal Landscape Ecology, Editorial Board Member (2012 - Current)
    Handling topics related to landscape pattern analysis, landscape genetics, and climate-vegetation dynamics. In his role as subject editor, the scientist handles approximately 12 manuscripts each year.
  • The Journal Movement Ecology, Associate Editor (2012 - Current)
    Handling topics related to landscape genetic and path-based analyses of animal movement. In his role as subject editor, the scientist handles approximately 10 manuscripts each year.
  • The Wildlife Society, Member (2010 - Current)
  • Society For Northwestr Vertebrate Biology, Member (2007 - Current)
  • Society for Conservation Biology, Member (1998 - Current)
  • International Association for Landscape Ecology, Member (1997 - Current)
  • Society of American Foresters, Member (1981 - Current)

Awards & Recognition

  • Certificate of Merit from RMRS, 2014
    for "Outstanding Performance as a Forest and Wooklands Ecosystems Program Scientist."
  • Letter of appreciation from ISPRA, Institure for Environmental Research and Conservation" , 2014
    In"Gratiture for your contributions to advancing the expertise of the scientists at the Institute in spatial ecology and landscape genomics during your scientific exchange visit in March 2014, in Bologna, Italy.
  • Certificate of Appreciation from University of Oxford Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, 2014
    In recognition of analytical and theoretical expertise contributed to WildCRU to advance the study and conservation of African lions and clouded leopards in the period of 2012 and 2013.
  • Certificate of Appreciation from Madrid Polytechnical University, Spain, 2014
    "In recognition of outstanding contributions to studying the ecology and conservation of brown bears in Spain"
  • Letter of Appreciation from Pondicherry University, India, 2013
    "Outstanding contributions in co-organizing and leading instruction in two technical workshops on conservation biology. And landscape ecology in Pondicherry India during December 2013."
  • Certificate of Merit Award from RMRS, 2012
    Superior Performance as a Forest and Woodland Ecosystems Program Scientist
  • Certificate of Accomplishment from the Spatial Ecology and Telemetry , 2012
    For outstanding support of the wildlife profession through your FRAGSTATS software
  • Certificate of Merit Award from RMRS, 2011
    Superior Performance as a Forest and Woodland Ecosystems Program Scientist
  • Spot Award from US Forest Service, 2011
    For Teaching Landscape Ecology in Theory and Practice
  • Honorable Mention from US-IALE, 2011
    Outstanding Paper in Landscape Ecology
  • Publication Award from RMRS, 2011
    Mid-Career Scientist Publication Award
  • Award of Excellence from Landeco Consulting, 2011
    Exceptional contributions as co-principal instructor and coordinator of the two week intensive course Landscape Ecology in Theory and Practice
  • Spot Award from USDA Forest Service, 2010
    For leading webinar "Integrating Climate Change and Forest Vegetation Models for Adaptation Planning"
  • Letter of Recognition, 2010
    For Contribution from the Director of the USFS National Advanced Silviculture Program
  • Most Cited Author Award, 2008
    Biological Conservation Most Cited Author 2005-2008
  • Best Paper Award, 2008
    Elsevier Best Paper Award
  • Presidential Early Career Award, 2007
    Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering
  • Early Career Scientist Publication, 2007
    RMRS Early Career Scientist Publication Award
  • USFS Chief's Honor Award, 2006
    USFS Chief's Honor Award for Early Career Scientist
  • Best Scientific Publication Award, 2004
    Rocky Mountain Research Station Best Scientific Publication Award
  • USDA Forest Service Performance Award, 2004
    For Outstanding performance leading a large multi-species inventory, monitoring and modeling project.
  • Professional Enhancement Award, 2004
    U.S. International Association of Landscape Ecologists NASA-MSU Professional Enhancement Award
  • UMass Fellowship, 2002
    UMass Graduate School Fellowship
  • Teaching Award Nomination, 2001
    Nominated for UMass Distinguished Teaching Award
  • Teaching Award Nomination, 2000
    Nominated for UMass Distinguished Teaching Award
  • TA of the Year, 2000
    Organismic and Evolutionary Biology Program, TA of the Year
  • GAANN Fellowship, 1998
    GAANN Fellowship in Organizmic and Evolutionary Biology (UMass)
  • Research Grant, 1995
    Huxley College Thesis Research Grant
  • Arnold Bolle Award, 1992
    Arnold Bolle Award in Wilderness Studies, University of Montana
  • USFWS Award, 1991
    USFWS award for appreciation and contribution
  • USFWS Award, 1990
    USFWS award for appreciation and contribution
  • USFWS Award, 1989
    USFWS award for appreciation and contribution

Featured Publications & Products

Publications & Products

Research Highlights

HighlightTitleYear


RMRS-2011-07
Combating wildlife habitat loss to human development

Scientists are investigating ways to lessen the impact of humans on wildlife and their travel corridors.

2011


Last updated on : 05/20/2014