Research & applications
The Landscape Conservation Initiative Lab (LCI Lab)
The LCI Lab studies a wide range of topics in ecology and related disciplines that are directly linked to applications in conservation and land use. Most conservation challenges involve multiple species whose fates are influenced by numerous factors playing out at the landscape level.
The Lab addresses these challenges not only through basic research in ecology, but also through synthesis and application of research results in land and resource management, education, and public outreach. Increasingly, we are involved in projects to develop and test novel approaches for integrating rigorous science into planning and policy development, particularly as it relates to the restoration, conservation, and sustainable management of public lands.
These projects draw on intensive field research and techniques in remote sensing, geographic information systems, and advanced spatial and statistical modeling.
Conservation Science Partners
The LCI also collaborates with Conservation Science Partners (CSP), a nonprofit organization started by Lab of Landscape Ecology and Conservation Biology co-director, Brett Dickson. CSP was established to meet the analytical and research needs of diverse stakeholders in conservation projects. They engage nonprofits, foundations, universities, agencies, and other partners to address critical questions in conservation biology and landscape ecology. CSP seeks to connect the best minds in conservation science to solve problems in a way that’s comprehensive, flexible, and service-oriented.