We advance and communicate knowledge of fundamental ecological processes and interactions across scales
We develop applications of this knowledge to enable improved management of ecosystems and resources
We generate foundational knowledge of physical and biological structures and processes defining the ecological systems people rely on for material and cultural benefits. We develop this knowledge to deliver not only specific information and tools needed by resource managers, policy makers and scientists, but also to anticipate important issues and questions likely to emerge in the future.
1. How does the biophysical environment influence the function and properties of ecosystems, ecological communities, species, populations and organisms?
2. What are the potential influences of climate change on ecosystem attributes, patterns, ecological processes, and their interactions?
3. How do disturbances influence ecological patterns and processes, and how do disturbances and ecological processes interact to determine the overall function, attributes and dynamics of ecosystems?
4. What are the determinants of ecological status and trends of biota and ecosystems?
Our work integrates contributions from EPF scientists in several fields of ecological science (including plant ecology, ecophysiology, wildlife biology/ecology, hydrology, geomorphology, landscape ecology and disturbance ecology), as well as collaborations with scientists in other fields (e.g., social sciences, atmospheric sciences, entomology, plant pathology, aquatic ecology, fisheries sciences) in other PNW programs or external to the station.
Northwest Research Station programs or external to the station. We use a variety of experimentation, observational studies, and long-term monitoring approaches to collect data and information about forest and range ecosystems and the people that interact with those systems. We utilize experimental forests and ranges for place-based research inquiry and experiential learning activities, often employing advanced technology and "Big Science" approaches through linkage to major regional, national, and global research networks. We leverage our capacity through partnerships with other academic and governmental research organizations, and with land management and conservation enterprises.