• 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

April 15, 2021

Congrats to Ellen Audia on successfully defending her Master's thesis! Ellen's thesis is titled:  Balancing crop and ecosystem service production in the US Corn Belt through spatially targeted conservation. Ellen's next stop is with Michigan State University's Kellogg Biological Station, where she will be working as a technician with the Long-term Ecological Research Station.

April 7, 2021

Attending the Iowa Water Conference this week? The IALE-NA meetings next week? Look for lab members Ellen Audia and Dr. Suraj Upadhaya there!

March 25, 2021

Lisa Schulte Moore selected as a Fellow of the Ecological Society of America (ESA). According to ESA, "Fellows are members who have made outstanding contributions to a wide range of fields served by ESA, including, but not restricted to, those that advance or apply ecological knowledge in academics, government, non-profit organizations, and the broader society. They are elected for life."

We thank our funders for their continuing support