Environmental problems such as invasive species and climate change threaten ecosystem health on a global scale. The landscape ecology lab in the Department of Biological Sciences at UTEP,  works towards uncovering the mechanisms underlying spatial patterns in species distributions and the structural diversity and functioning of ecosystems in order to combat environmental threats at multiple geospatial scales. To do this, we use computational tools, remote sensing, and an eco-evolutionary understanding of plant distributions and structural diversity to improve management approaches. One of the lab’s goals is to develop remote sensing approaches for improving the monitoring and management of species and ecosystems that are under conservation concern. Click the links below to learn more about specific areas of our research focus.

Remote sensing of structural diversity across spatial scales

Drivers of species distributions

Spatial ecology to improve management and restoration