• Iowa landscape with prairie strips

About the Lab

We believe scientific and academic systems, like natural ecosystems, are healthier, more productive, and sustainable when many niches are represented and empowered.

Our lab values diversity and is committed to maintaining an inclusive environment, regardless of color, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), nationality, ethnicity, age, disability, genetic information, or socioeconomic background*. To achieve this, we aim to:

  • Recruit and retain members from diverse backgrounds and remain cognizant of our differences and celebrate them as our greatest strength,
  • Provide a fair, equitable, and inclusive environment,
  • Embrace open communication and constructive dialog,
  • Passionately dedicate ourselves to increasing the success of underrepresented groups in science and academia,
  • Improve our research impact to benefit our local and global communities, and
  • Excel and advance mentoring and leadership toward these goals.

*We intentionally do not include race in this list of protected and/or historically disadvantaged groups. There is no biological basis for racial designations and we believe that as a social construct it is harmful.


Welcome to Dr. Lisa Schulte Moore's lab in the Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management at Iowa State University. We study human-landscape interactions, and are particularly curious about changing land use and its causes, consequences, and design. Through this research, we hope to improve the scientific basis for decisions that impact people and nature. Major projects associated with the lab include C-CHANGE, PEWI, and STRIPS. We thank our funders for their support! 

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Recent News

August 21, 2020

This week we welcomed Melanie Bogert, a new Master's student, to the lab. Melanie brings a deep passion for and skill sets in forestry, restoration, and spatial analysis to the lab. We're excited to have her on the LESEM Lab team!

July 29, 2020

Congrats, Jordan Giese! He was awarded both the 2020 NREM Teaching Assistant Award and a Teaching Excellence Award from ISU. We are so proud to work with you.

July 21, 2020

The grant will help scientists, industry, and farmers harness herbaceous biomass and manure to fuel farms and improve environmental outcomes. Read more about the new project here.

July 18, 2020

Lab director, Lisa Schulte Moore, was featured on National Public Radio's Morning Edition, discussing prairie strips and farmland conservation.

May 11, 2020

Congrats to our graduating seniors -- Kendall Bennet, Charli Miller, Collin Stratton, Matt Theisen, and Riggs Wilson -- in their achievement and good luck as they pursue the next phase of their career. We're proud of them and excited about where they will go! And welcome aboard to our new summer techs, Alyssa Baldwin and Mary Kate Shaver!

We thank our funders for their continuing support