Sustainability

SustainabilityValuing ecosystem services and ecosystem services and resiliency in managed landscapes.  Designing sustainable conservation practices.

Projects

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We study People, Land Use and Society (PLUS). The PLUS lab is directed by Dr. John Tyndall, a natural resource economist and social scientist with broad interests in environmental and natural resource economics, policy and sociology within forestry and agriculture.

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Strategically integrating small amounts of perennial vegetation (in our case, reconstructed prairie) within row-cropped watersheds offers the opportunity to enhance the health and diversity of Midwestern agricultural landscapes. This project will explore this hypothesis through an integrated watershed-scale approach that uses field experimentation, spatial models, and tradeoff assessments to quantify changes in ecological functioning and economic outputs resulting from different configurations of perennial and annual plants. Integral to the project is the effective communication of project results to catalyze further tests of this practice on the landscape.

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ECOS: Tree Species Effects on Ecosystem Processes


This project encompasses a large scale experiment in Costa Rica, laboratory experiments in Iowa, and modeling with CENTURY. We explore how tropical tree species influence ecosystem processes. The focus currently is on carbon and nutrient cycling, microbial processes, ecosystem modeling, and restoration of degraded landscapes.

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We are researchers in Dr. Lisa Schulte Moore's Lab at Iowa State University.

Our research investigates the causes, patterns, consequences, and design of landscape and land-use change. Through this research, we attempt to uncover the means to maintain or enhance ecosystem resilience over multiple spatial scales and over the long term. We expect that resilient ecosystems will continue to provide the range of goods and services on which humanity ultimately depends--such as crops, timber, clean water, and outdoor recreational opportunities.

You can find more information about our members, research, and outreach activities on this website. Or you can just contact us. Explore these pages and let us know what you think!