David Bell

Research Forester, USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station
Courtesy Assistant Professor, Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society, Oregon State University
Lead Scientist, Landscape Ecology, Modeling, Mapping, and Analysis (LEMMA) Team, Oregon State University

Shifting climate and disturbance patterns will drastically alter future forest landscapes. To better understand and predict ecological changes, I am interested in using a mixture of historical and contemporary observations of vegetation change to explore ecosystem and community dynamics. Specifically, my work assimilates remote sensing, forest inventory data, and long-term permanent sampling plots into statistical and ecological models to map vegetation structure and change in support of landscape measurement and monitoring. I work to understand and communicate the uncertainties and limitations of these maps to inform their appropriate application. Maps of vegetation structure and change can then be used to assess ecosystem stress and vulnerability.

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