Dr. Kathleen Dunckel

Associate Professor of Forest Resources and Geographical Information Systems

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Academic Background

PhD in Forest Resources, University of Maine
MS, Environmental Science, Alaska Pacific University
BA, Environmental Science, SUNY Plattsburgh

Forested ecosystems occupy a special place in our psyche and in our evolutionary past. They often elicit a sense of awe and peace- linking us with our tree-dwelling ancestors. Forested ecosystems are home to a myriad of species and supply ecosystem services that are an integral component of human society. I conduct research, undergraduate education, and outreach, primarily in landscape ecology and forested ecosystems. I am interested in changes to those ecosystems over time due to disturbance, particularly climate change and human intervention. Projects include forest ecosystem field studies, forest landscape modeling of species distribution and climate change effects, GIS and remote sensing applications, analysis of the effects of forest management practices and natural disturbance on ecosystems, the influence of landscape-scale factors on wildlife populations, and effects of land use on current landscape patterns and ecosystem processes.