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Spruce beetle outbreak

Welcome the Forest Ecosystem Dynamics Lab at Washington State University! We are a team of researchers that work on questions related to ecosystem dynamics. We aim to further the understanding of ecological processes related to terrestrial ecosystems at local to global scales under global change. Our research focuses on forest and rangeland ecology, remote sensing, carbon cycling, and forest disturbances. We use satellite and other geospatial data for assessing forest dynamics and aim to both provide tools for professionals to improve management of our natural resources as well as to advance scientific knowledge about fundamental ecological processes. This new lab group is led by Arjan Meddens, who started as an Assistant Professor at WSU in the Summer of 2019.

Dr. Meddens surveying forests

Arjan Meddens PhD

Assistant Professor of Forest Ecology
School of the Environment
Washington State University
PO Box 642812
Pullman, WA 99164-2812
Office: TROY 324
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If you are interested in learning more:

  1. Check out our projects below
  2. Check out the opportunities tab if you’d like to join our Lab
  3. Or start a Forestry Undergraduate Degree at WSU!!

A few of our current and past research projects include (click on the active links for more information):

  • Using UAV-lidar data for environmental monitoring
  • Ranking the importance of unburned areas
  • Detection of unburned islands across the northwestern United States
  • Quantifying carbon impacts of fire- and insect-caused tree mortality using the Community Land Model (CLM)
  • Assessing topographic and climatic drivers of pinyon pine die-off in northern New Mexico
  • Detecting mountain pine beetle-caused tree mortality using Landsat time series
  • Describing spatial and temporal patterns of bark beetle-caused tree mortality using aerial surveys in British Columbia and the western United States