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About Robert M. Scheller

I am a theoretical and applied forest ecologist and the Director of the Dynamic Ecosystems and Landscapes Lab. My research focuses on forest landscape change: how forests have changed, how they will change, and why it matters. My research examines how forest management and natural disturbances generate or reduce resilience, specifically in regards to climate change. Resilience can be expressed in many ways; I focus on biological resilience (plant and animal abundance on the landscape), functional resilience (carbon dynamics, ecosystem processes, and broad-scale disturbance regimes) and spatial resilience (the spatial distribution of biological and functional components). Forest landscape change ultimately determines the ability of a region or landscape to sustain natural diversity and human needs over long time scales. My research employs environmental modeling, remote sensing, multivariate and spatial statistics, coupled with traditional methods of field data collection and interpretation. I have published over 30 articles in peer-reviewed journals and have received funding from USDA, USFS, NASA, USFWS, TNC, BLM, EPA and others. I am also a Board member of the Gifford Pinchot Task Force, a Portland-based non-profit that advocates for holistic landscape management. I grew up in Minnesota and did my graduate work on Forest Ecology at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. I moved to Oregon in 2007 and I enjoy the natural wonders of the Pacific Northwest when not on campus.

Positions

2007 - 2018 Associate Professor, Portland State University ‐ Environmental Science and Management
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Fellow, Portland State University ‐ Institute for Sustainable Solutions
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Curriculum Vitae



Research Interests

Forest ecology, Landscape ecology, and Climatic change

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Honors and Awards

  • 2015-16 Bullard Fellowship at Harvard Forest
  • 2016 Distinguished Service Award from US-IALE

Courses

  • Landscape Ecology
  • Forest Ecology

Education

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2004 PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison
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2000 MS, University of Wisconsin-Madison
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1991 BS, University of Minnesota
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Articles (43)