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About the Lab

Welcome to Dr. Lisa Schulte Moore's lab 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 affect people and nature. Major projects associated with the lab include C-CHANGE, Horizon II, PEWI, and STRIPS

Picture of LESEM Lab Members, October 2021
Left to right: Andres Vargas, Suraj Upadhaya, Richard Magala, Dana Schweitzer (C-CHANGE managing director), Jim Jordahl (STRIPS project analyst), Lisa Schulte Moore, Bob Klaver (USGS Co-op unit leader), and Omar de Kok-Mercado (STRIPS project coordinator). Lab members missing from photo: Melanie Bogert and Matt Stephenson. ISU Food Science Courtyard. October 2021.

Current students and postdocs associated with the Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management are listed here. Professional and scientific staff associated with the Bioeconomy Institute are listed here. We would not be where we are today without the curiosity, knowledge, and effort of lab alumni, a list of whom can be found here.

We believe scientific and academic systems thrive when diversity, equity, and inclusions are embraced in our daily lives. We believe scientific and academic systems like natural ecosystems are healthier, more productive, and sustainable when many niches are represented and empowered. We value people regardless of race, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), nationality, ethnicity, age, disability, genetic information, religion, and other socioeconomic backgrounds and are committed to maintaining a diverse equitable, and inclusive environment. To achieve this, we aim to:

  • Recruit and retain members from diverse backgrounds, remain cognizant of our differences, and celebrate them as vital to success,
  • Provide a fair, equitable, and inclusive environment,
  • Embrace open communication and constructive dialog,
  • Passionately dedicate ourselves to fostering 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 recognize diversity, equity, and inclusion is a long-term endeavor that demands persistent dedication and resources. We are working to create and sustain a community where all members truly feel they belong and are provided with the resources necessary for their academic, personal, and professional pursuits to flourish. We are aware that at times we will make mistakes in attempting to achieve our goals. We facilitate continuous improvement by helping each other learn.