Land use change, policy, and development, ecosystem services and public land management, open space conservation.
Health and wellness/well-being benefits of spending time in nature, volunteering, collaboration and partnershipsTraditional knowledge of change.
How to minimize uncertainties and improve accuracy by combining disparate information sourcesHow to analyze variability including extreme events in non-static systemsHow to disseminate scientific and probabilistic information to managers such that is is usable in decision supportHow to display complex information for ease of use and applicability to management problems
Wildlife Ecology and Management; Population Dynamics; Resource Selection; Space Use; Landscape Ecology; Community Ecology; Wildlife Monitoring; Predator-Prey Dynamics; Mammalian Carnivores; Northern Spotted Owl
Restoration of wetlands, especially wet meadows, springs, and other headwater systems of ecological and cultural importance.Post-wildfire impacts and restoration.Forest restoration and use of fire.Participatory research and traditional ecological knowledge with tribes and indigenous communities.Public participation in scientific research.Ecological monitoring and data management.
Applying behavioral ecology to problems in conservation and managementWildlife responses to fire, particularly comparisons of prescribed versus wildfire burnsManagement and conservation of threatened speciesDisturbance and landscape ecology
My research interests include:effects of forest management on wood quality and forest productsrural community resiliency as it relates to forest products, economic development, and forest healthimpacts of natural disturbances on the forest resource
Applied science research and technology development and application projects dealing with old-forest ecology, modeling of rare and little-known species, biodiversity assessment, ecologically sustainable forest management, development of a research framework on key ecological functions of plants and animals.
Dr. McCaskill has a special interest in the evolutionary ecology of the "cedar" species within the Cypress Family. He will coninue to determine the various relationships between the origins of the different North American and South American "cedar" species.
Remote-sensing data, improved data collection methods, global positioning system hardware and protocols, measurement tools, and semi-automated measurement of individual tree characteristics.