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Looking at Landscape Ecology

An interview with Hong S. He, Associate Professor, Forestry Department, School of Natural Resources

Traditionally a great deal of natural resources management has involved field-based surveys and plans, explains Hong S. He, Associate Professor of Forestry in the School of Natural Resources at MU. But recently these scientists and managers have come to realize that they also need to pay attention to the larger spatial configuration of natural resources. This realization has a lot of implications for wildlife conservation and biodiversity: “You can’t really consider one spot without considering the things around it,” he explains. Wildlife species require, for instance, multiple habitats, and watershed problems have shown that “if we pollute one area, it can spread over the landscape.” As an area of research, landscape ecology refers to the study of response to various natural and social factors over large spatial and temporal domains.

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The innovation of computerized landscape modeling work

From an interview with Hong S. He, Associate Professor, Forestry Department, School of Natural Resources

A computer model called LANDIS addresses the larger spatial and temporal dimensions involved in effective forestry management, whether that means looking at the long-term effects of fire management or at tree harvesting practices. In lieu of an ecological crystal ball, this computer model is becoming a crucial tool that employs current science “to simulate the long-term effects of various management decisions.” With LANDIS, it becomes possible to estimate how frequently a fire needs to occur in order to maintain the forest’s ecological health.