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This page provides a brief description of the current reserach projects of the Landscape Ecology Lab and links to more detailed information about each project.

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Designing sustainable landscapes (DSL) in the Northeast

This project is focused on the development of a landscape change, assessment and design model for the northeastern United States under the auspices of the North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative (NALCC) and in cooperation with the Northeast Climate Science Center that will ultimately allow us to assess landscape change, assess changes in ecological integrity and habitat capability for representative species, and allow us to identify priorities for land protection, management and restoration of conservation lands.

FRAGSTATS: Spatial pattern analysis software for quantifying landscape pattern

This project is focused on the development of methods for quantifying landscape patterns and is centered around the development of the computer software program FRAGSTATS.

CAPS (Conservation Assessment and Prioritization System): Decision-support for biodiversity conservation planning

This project is focused on the development of a decision-support system (CAPS) for assessing ecological integrity and biodiversity value and prioritizing lands for conservation action (i.e., protection, management, and restoration).

HABIT@: Modeling wildlife habitat capability

This project is focused on the development of methods for quantifying wildlife habitat capability and is centered around the development the computer software program HABIT@ and its application to species such as the eastern indigo snake in Georgia.

RMLands (Rocky Mountain Landscape Simulator): Quantifying dynamics in landscape structure under alternative disturbance scenarios

This project is focused on the development of methods to quantify landscape dynamics and is centered around the development and application of the computer software program RMLands.

Vernal pool ecology and conservation and amphibian metapopulation dynamics in southern New England

This project is focused on the ecology and conservation of vernal pools in southern New England, and more specifically on: 1) quantifying the spatial structure, demographics, and dynamics of marbled salamander populations in a cluster of vernal pools in central Massachusetts, and 2) examining the ecology of eastern spadefoot toads on Cape Cod National Seashore.

Landscape ecology of wildfires in the western North America

This project is focused on understanding the landscape ecology of wildfires in western North America and the role of wildland fire use (or prescribed natural fire) on wildfire disturbance regimes and landscape vegetation patterns.


For more information, please contact:
Dr. Kevin McGarigal
Department of Environmental Conservation
University of Massachusetts
304 Holdsworth Natural Resources Center
Box 34210, Amherst, MA 01003
Fax: (413) 545-4358; Phone: (413) 577-0655

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