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.
|2007 - 2018||Associate Professor, Portland State University ‐ Environmental Science and Management|
|Fellow, Portland State University ‐ Institute for Sustainable Solutions|
Forest ecology, Landscape ecology, and Climatic change
Honors and Awards
- 2015-16 Bullard Fellowship at Harvard Forest
- 2016 Distinguished Service Award from US-IALE
- Landscape Ecology
- Forest Ecology
|2004||PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison|
|2000||MS, University of Wisconsin-Madison|
|1991||BS, University of Minnesota|
Climate and Bark Beetle Effects on Forest Productivity — Linking Dendroecology ...
Environmental Science and Management Faculty Publications and Presentations (2016)
In forested systems throughout the world, climate influences tree growth and aboveground net primary productivity (ANPP). The effects of extreme ...
Simulation Modeling of Forest Landscape Disturbances: Vegetation Dynamics and Biogeochemistry
Simulation Modeling of Forest Landscape Disturbances (2015)
This is a book chapter within Simulation Modeling of Forest Landscape Disturbances. Forest landscape disturbances are a global phenomenon. Simulation ...
4-D Statistical Surface Method for Visual Change Detection in Forest ...
IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing (2014)
Rising uncertainties associated with climate change compel forest management planning to include forest ecosystem simulations. The output of such models ...