Research focuses on scientifically-based management options for restoring and maintaining healthy, natural, and sustainable ecosystems.

Consequences of past land-use history, continued threat of biological invasions, and uncertain future climate have made the restoration and maintenance of ecosystem function and services a priority for ensuring the long-term sustainability of our natural resources and the ecological systems in which they exist.  Many of our faculty’s research focuses on key components of ecosystem function and helps inform scientific-based management options for restoring and maintaining healthy, natural, and sustainable ecosystems. For example, faculty conducting research on the “Living Filter” have examined how soils can reduce pollutants reaching our groundwater and streams. Other faculty have examined how ecosystem function and services can be restored following shale gas extraction. The integrative approach of our departmental faculty, which includes forests, wildlife and fisheries, water, and soils, all help to better understand and manage the complex interactions that occur within a healthy resilient ecosystem. Applied research focuses on management techniques (e.g., silviculture, prescribed burning, soil reconstruction) that can provide habitat for a variety of game and nongame wildlife, improve water quality and quantity, and strengthen ecosystem resilience in the face of anthropogenic disturbance, biological invasions, and future climate.   

Faculty Working in this Area

Researchers in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management working in the area of Restoring Ecosystem Function and Services.