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Matthew P. Peters

Ecologist
Climate, Fire, and Carbon Cycle Sciences
359 Main Road
Delaware, OH 43015
United States
Phone
740-368-0063
Current Research
  • Modeling potential suitable habitat for tree and bird species under climate change
  • Exploring interactions between changes in tree suitable habitats and projections of future drought conditions
  • Development of a wildfire hazard model among the Wildland-Urban Interface in New Jersey, Ohio, and Pennsylvania
  • Assessing Forest Site Quality in Ohio from Forest Inventory & Analysis data and an Integrated Moisture Index (IMI)
Past Research
  • Modeling possible distributions of Ailanthus (Tree of Heaven) in Ohio and Hemlock Wooly Adelgid in Pennsylvania
  • Modeling the spread of emerald ash borer (EAB) in Michigan, Minnesota, and Ohio
Research Interest
I plan to continue my current work, but would like to incorporate aspects of water resource management into future projects. I want to use my experience of GIS technologies to explore the possible relationship between climate change and resource management.
Why This Research Is Important

As climatic patterns become more variable each year it is important to understand how this will affect plant and animal species. By modeling tree and birds species responses to altered climates we can begin to see how climate influences the landscape.

As the invasive pests like Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) and Hemlock Wooly Adelgid continues to spread across the eastern United States infesting host trees, it is important to determine areas that are at a greater risk of infestation. A GIS model has allowed us to identify the potential spread of EAB in Ohio.

Education
  • Arizona State University, M.S., Applied Biological Sciences, 2011
  • Ohio University, B.S., GIS Analyst, 2005
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Research Highlights

Mapping U.S. Drought Projections Helps Foresters Plan for Sustainability

Year: 2018
Droughts are natural disturbances that can cause negative effects on natural ecosystems and also have important social and economic consequences. Researchers are helping land managers prepare for changing climate conditions by developing projections of how drought may change in the future.

The hunt for good oak regeneration sites

Year: 2017
Landscape modeling and field sampling may identify the best locations for restoring oak forests. Managers at the Wayne National Forest are using a methodology created by Forest Service scientists to help determine “zones of investment” for maximum value with limited resources.

Shift Toward Mesophytic Species in Oak Forests May Limit Fire Reintroduction

Year: 2016
Exclusion of fire from eastern mixed-oak forests is widely understood to be an important explanation for difficulty in regenerating oaks. Forest Service scientists studied whether the change in species composition of forest floor litter, as species composition shifts to more mesophytic and less fire...

Examining Potential Drought Conditions Under Projected Climate Change

Year: 2016
Using future climate projections, 54 years of potential drought conditions were evaluated against recent conditions. Assessing how drought conditions might differ in the future and how habitat availability of tree species may change can provide insight into the resiliency of forests to cope with dro...

Drought and Forest Composition

Year: 2015
Forest Service researchers used the cumulative drought severity index to examine the long-term influence of drought frequency and intensity during the periods of 1960-1986 and 1987-2013. Analysis of drought conditions and forest composition indicate that eastern U.S. forests are relatively balanced ...
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