Map of accumulated mining reclamation in Eastern Kentucky

Integration of landscape ecology and ecosystem service assessment for spatially-explicit appraisal of surface mining reclamation benefits in eastern Kentucky

Surface mining has impacted a large portion (> 10,000 ha) of eastern Kentucky’s land. These lands are important parts of the Appalachian forest landscape, providing invaluable ecological goods and services (EGS) to the human society. Read more.


Demographic and genetic characteristics of a recolonizing black bear population in eastern Kentucky

Black bears are thought to have become extinct in Kentucky before 1900 as a result of overhunting and forest loss. Bears began a steady recolonization... Read more.


Photo of boreal forest

Landscape heterogeneity of ecological resistance and resilience to the changes of climate and wildfire disturbance regime in Eurasian boreal forest

Ecological resistance and resilience are classical concepts, yet now receiving a revived attention as we are actively deciphering the consequences of the rapid climate changes and associated disturbance regime shift. Read more.


Using Landscape Genetics to Investigate Red Wolf-Coyote Hybridization and Coyote Colonization of Kentucky

The red wolf is a critically endangered canid species that numbers < 100 individuals in the wild. In contrast, the coyote has rapidly expanded its range and population size...Read more.

Associated Faculty

Christopher D. Barton, Ph.D.
Professor of Forest Hydrology and Watershed Management

Marco A. Contreras, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Forest Management

John J. Cox, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Wildlife and Conservation Biology

Jian Yang, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Forest Landscape Ecology (Publications)

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