• 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), religion, 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 1, 2021

Lisa Schulte Moore was appointed to a State of Iowa agricultural workgroup, which will support the work of the Iowa Carbon Sequestration Task Force.

July 23, 2021

PEWI v4 is launched after several years of development. It boasts a more interactive display, overlay options with the biophysical map layers, and a BRAND NEW economics module. We have over 25 student developers to thank for making this happen. Learn about a few of them here.

June 9, 2021

Once again, we'll have a full lab this summer. We welcome with Maura Speck as a field research assistant, Sandra Campos-Diaz as a visiting scholar-teacher, and Sofia Guzman and Mary Elisabeth Kitundu CyBound Scholars.

May 25, 2021

Insects can help soybean yields by carrying out more effective pollination. A new study by Schulte Moore and colleagues suggests introducing pollinator habitat to soybean fields may lead to production benefits, in addition to environmental advantages.

May 5, 2021

Congrats to our Spring 2021 lab graduates: Ellen Audia (MS Wildlife Ecology), Neh Batwara (MS Information Systems), Jacob Handel (BS Environmental Science), and Kyla Yuza-Pate (BS Animal Ecology). We so appreciate these scholars and all their contributions to the lab. They will be missed!

We thank our funders for their continuing support