FNR Digital Natural Resources' research spans over several areas which includes developing integrated systems of quantitative techniques for assessing and analyzing forest and associated ecosystems. Efforts focus on advancing quantitative methods related to statistical, simulation, and analytical modeling of natural systems at varying spatial and temporal scales.

FNR forestry research expands and collaborates across Purdue University with the Integrated Digital Forestry Initiative (iDiF) led by Songlin Fei, professor and the Dean's Remote Sensing Chair. This research is working towards developing platforms and strategies that leverage digital technology to measure, monitor and manage urban and rural forests to maximize social, economic and ecological benefits.
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Dr. John Couture
Integrating chemical and landscape ecology to advance our understanding of the influence of trophic-level interactions on ecosystem functioning
Dr. Songlin Fei
Spatial analysis and pattern recognition, invasive species distribution modeling and forest ecosystem dynamic modeling
Dr. Brady Hardiman​
Ecosystem responses to anthropogenic modification including disturbance, management, land-use change associated with urbanization, remote sensing, and ecosystem modeling.
Dr. Bryan Pijanowski
Land-use modeling & spatial ecology, ecological assessment, natural resource economic impact analysis
Dr. Guofan Shao
Smart applications of geospatial technology including remote sensing & geographic information systems
Dr. Patrick Zollner
Behavioral ecology of ecological landscapes, forest management in changing landscapes, animal movements
Areas of Specialization
  • Remote Sensing, Monitoring and Sensor Networks
  • Modeling of Natural Resources
  • Geographic Information Science
  • Natural Resource Informatics
  • Decision Support Systems
  • Spatial Analysis

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