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Oregon State University
landscape ecology, conservation planning, distribution modeling, optimization


Joshua Lawler is currently a David H. Smith postdoctoral fellow at Oregon State University. He received his MS and PhD in ecology from Utah State University and since then has served as a postdoctoral fellow with the Margaret Chase Smith Center for Public Policy at the University of Maine and a research associate of the National Research Council at the US Environmental Protection Agency. His research interests generally lie in the fields of landscape ecology and conservation biology. He is most interested in how anthropogenic factors affect species distributions, population dynamics, and community composition at regional and continental scales. His current research involves investigating the effects of climate change on species distributions, exploring the mechanisms associated with the performance of indicators of biodiversity, and addressing the issue of climate change in the conservation-planning process.