We live in a period when the most crucial resources, such as water, soil and air, that have always been taken for granted, are imperiled. A wise use of these resources, often termed ‘sustainability’, should be based on a scientific understanding of the relevant ecological patterns and processes. Many ecological phenomena are spatially structured, and their study requires spatially explicit approaches in all research components, including experimental design, statistical analysis and predictive modeling.
   The overarching goal of The Ecology Lab is to gain a better understanding of the complex spatial behavior of environmental phenomena, in order to end up with better predictions of these phenomena.
   Our research interests are very diverse, including (1) spatial and dynamic models of ecological systems, (2) long term vegetation dynamics at the landscape scale, (3) mapping of biodiversity using environmental surrogates, and (4) use of Remote Sensing and GIS for natural resources management.