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Matthew P. Peters

Ecologist
359 Main Road
Delaware
Ohio
United States
43015

Phone: 740-368-0063
Fax: 740-368-0152
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Current Research

  • Modeling potential suitable habitat for tree and bird species under climate change
  • Modeling possible distributions of Ailanthus (Tree of Heaven) in Ohio and Hemlock Wooly Adelgid in Pennsylvania
  • Development of a wildfire hazard model among the Wildland-Urban Interface in New Jersey, Ohio, and Pennsylvania
  • Modeling the spread of Emerald Ash Borer in Ohio, Michigan, and Minnesota
  • Assessing Forest Site Quality in Ohio from Forest Inventory & Analysis data and an Integrated Moisture Index (IMI)

Research Interests

I plan to continue my current work, but would like to incorporate aspects of water resource management into future projects. I want to use my experience of GIS technologies to explore the possible relationship between climate change and resource management.

Why This Research is Important

As climatic patterns become more variable each year it is important to understand how this will affect plant and animal species. By modeling tree and birds species responses to altered climates we can begin to see how climate influences the landscape.

As the invasive pests like Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) and Hemlock Wooly Adelgid continues to spread across the eastern United States infesting host trees, it is important to determine areas that are at a greater risk of infestation. A GIS model has allowed us to identify the potential spread of EAB in Ohio.

Education

  • Arizona State University, M.S. Applied Biological Sciences 2011
  • Ohio University, B.S. GIS Analyst 2005

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Publications

Research Highlights

HighlightTitleYear


NRS-2015-113
Drought and Forest Composition

Forest Service researchers used the cumulative drought severity index to examine the long-term influence of drought frequency and intensity duri ...

2015


NRS-2016-114
Examining Potential Drought Conditions Under Projected Climate Change

Using future climate projections, 54 years of potential drought conditions were evaluated against recent conditions. Assessing how drought condi ...

2016


NRS-2016-170
Shift Toward Mesophytic Species in Oak Forests May Limit Fire Reintroduction

Exclusion of fire from eastern mixed-oak forests is widely understood to be an important explanation for difficulty in regenerating oaks. Forest ...

2016


NRS-2017-86
The hunt for good oak regeneration sites

Landscape modeling and field sampling may identify the best locations for restoring oak forests. Managers at the Wayne National Forest are using ...

2017


Last updated on : 12/11/2018