Research Interests

I am interested in the impacts of land use and climate change on ecosystem services. My expertise is in the development of spatial-temporal simulation models that attempt to characterize how human activities impact landscape structure and function. I am also interested in complex socio-ecological systems and how theoretical frameworks can be used to study land-climate-hydrological systems around the world.

I am a co-PI on the Climate-Land Interaction Project funded by the NSF Biocomplexity in the Environment program. The work focusses on land use and climate change at local to regional scales in East Africa. You can learn more about this research at the Purdue CLIP and MSU CLIP web sites.

If you want to learn more about my research, visit my Human-Environment Modeling and Analysis Laboratory web site. You can visit the web pages of the Land Transformation Model (LTM) or the Multi-Agent Based Environmental Landscape (MABEL) Model. A recent application of the LTM that examined the economic impact of future urban changes in Michigan, Illinois and Wisconsin to the years 2020 and 2040 can be found at the model simulation portal for our EPA STAR Biological Classification project.

I am also a member of the Purdue Climate Change Research Center, Purdue Interdisciplinary Center for Ecological Sustainability (PICES), the Purdue Hearing & Acoustics in Science & Engineering (PHASE) initiative, and the Purdue Discovery Park Center for the Environment.

The Department of Forestry and Natural Resources has recently funded a signature program in the rea of Sustainable Land Use Systems. I am co-directing this effort. A link to this project site is forthcoming.

If you are a graduate student interested in studying with me, you should visit the for potential grad students page on our lab web site. You can visit the Department of Forestry and Natural Resource's Graduate Program web site for application information and minimum requirements for entrance to the program.

You can read some of my published papers, proceeding papers and conference abstracts by visiting my publications page.



Last updated by BCP on August 5, 2009