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Landscape Ecology and Conservation Lab

The Landscape Ecology and Conservation Lab focuses on applied environmental
problems. We provide solutions, tools, and knowledge
to manage and conserve natural resources and systems.


Conservation and Climate Change

Much of the work we do focuses on understanding how climate change and other broad-scale drivers of change will affect biodiversity and how those threats can be addressed with conservation and management actions.

Nature and Human Health

We have recently started exploring the connection between time spent in nature and human health.  Current projects include "NatureCollections" and a social media based exploration of the connection between mood and the environment.



We acknowledge the past and present prejudices and oppression that have disproportionately devalued people of different identities including, but not exclusive to, races, cultures, ethnicities, sexual orientations, gender identities, genders, abilities, and socioeconomic statuses, and that these historical and ongoing injustices have shaped our institutions and our society.

Recent Publications

Remme, R. P.,  et. al.  2021. Nature and physical activity in cities: an ecosystem service perspective. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.   (pdf)


Canelles, Q.,  et. al. 2021. Global review on interactions between insect pests and other forest disturbances. Landscape Ecology 36:945–972.   (pdf)

Cartwright, et al.  2020. Topographic, soil, and climate drivers of drought sensitivity in forests and shrublands of the Pacific Northwest, USA. Scientific Reports 10:18486.    (pdf)


We acknowledge the Coast Salish peoples of this land, the land that touches the shared waters of all tribes and bands within the Suquamish, Tulalip, and Muckleshoot nations. We have a responsibility to acknowledge our Indigenous connections, as well as the histories of dispossession and forced removal that have allowed for the growth and survival of the institution in which this lab is housed.

Contact the lab

Please feel free to reach out if you are a student or postdoc interested in joining the lab or if you are interested in collaborating with us on a new project.

Josh Lawler



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