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Quantitative Ecology at Purdue University


 Quantitative Ecology

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The Quantitative Ecology group studies and advances quantitative methods related to statistical, simulation, and analytical modeling of natural systems at multiple levels of biological organization and at varying spatial and temporal scales. Members of the group also employ advanced monitoring and informatics techniques to track biota across varied landscapes and synthesize diverse environmental data. The group works to develop, coordinate and promote quantitative research and education addressing a wide range of topics of interest to natural resource professionals.


Spatial analysis and pattern recognition, invasive species distribution modeling and forest ecosystem dynamic modeling
Fish ecology and ecological modeling focusing on recruitment processes, foodweb interactions, bio-physical coupling, eutrophication effects and fish life history trait variation
Natural resource management decision-making; financial analysis, geographic information systems; natural resource education
Land-use modeling & spatial ecology,ecological assessment, natural resource economic impact analysis
Disturbance-based silviculture/ecological foresty, restoration ecology in forested systems
Disturbance-based silviculture/ecological foresty, restoration ecology in forested systems
Disturbance ecology, effects of habitat fragmentation, spatial modeling of populations & communities
Methodical research on statistical data collection & modeling, spatial statistics and its applications to environmental sciences
Behavioral ecology of ecological landscapes, forest management in changing landscapes, animal movements


Graduate Areas of Specialization
  • Quantitative Ecology
  • Wildlife Management
  • Restoration Ecology
  • Conservation Biology
  • Spatial Ecology
  • Fragmentation Ecology
  • Ecotoxicology
  • Wildlife Nutrition
  • Wildlife Physiology
  • Population Ecology
  • Community Ecology
  • Human Wildlife Interactions

Graduate students work with their major professor and advisory committee to develop a plan of study that is customized to their individual needs.

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Undergraduate students work with faculty and staff in the Office of Student Services to select courses that fulfill their interests and requirements of their major.

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