Landscape Analysis

Forest & Land


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Program Contact: Christopher Wright, ckwright@d.umn.edu, (218) 788-2745

This program integrates data sets from forest, climate, physiography, wildlife, and numerous other environmental sources to address issues across a range of spatial and temporal scales. These include: 

  • Distribution of native plant communities
  • Fragmentation of the forest landscape
  • Assessments of anthropogenic stress
  • Potential corridors for the spread of invasive species or forest pests and pathogens

Utilizing the NRRI GIS facility, we summarize complex data into an easy-to-understand summary of resources and impacts to aid leaders and decision makers.

Landscape Biocomplexity

Within the Landscape Analysis program, this group studies effects of land use change and climate change in Mid-Western agricultural landscapes. We recently focused on ethanol refineries as drivers of conversion of non-cropland to corn production. We are also interested in climate-driven variability of Prairie Pothole wetland landscapes and implications for habitat connectivity under climate change.

Current Projects

  • Potential Native Plant Communities of the Laurentian Mixed Forest (G. Host)
  • Biocomplexity project (C. Wright)
  • Cumulative Effects Analysis for the 1854 Ceded Territory (Terry Brown/G. Host)