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Stephen Matthews

Climate, Fire, and Carbon Cycle Sciences
359 Main Road
Delaware, OH 46015
United States
Current Research
My research focuses on understanding the response of ecological systems to changing and altered landscapes. I work at a variety of scales and use a multitude of quantitative tools to address questions of climate change impacts and avian migration.

Climate Change research: our efforts have focused specifically on modeling the response of 147 bird species' habitats and 134 tree species' habitats to climate change across the Eastern United States. As our modeling efforts continue, we are striving to create decision support tools to integrate and synthesize this work for the public and land managers.

Avian Migration: I am exploring questions on the habitat requirements and behavioral decisions of migrant birds during migratory stopover within rapidly urbanizing metropolitan areas.

Research Interest
I plan to continue my current research, and I would like to expand the breadth of my focus to include other taxa. In addition, I hope to contribute to new research areas where I can apply my interest of quantitative ecology to gain further perspective of how landscape changes may influence ecological communities.
Why This Research Is Important
With greater awareness that global climate change is becoming reality and that urbanization is increasing worldwide, both of these research avenues represent areas of increased importance within the field of landscape ecology.
  • Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, Ph.D., Natural Resources, 2008
  • University of Maine, Orono, Maine, M.S., Wildlife Ecology, 2003
  • Frostburg State University, Frostburg, Maryland, B.S., Wildlife Biology, 1997
Professional Organizations
  • International Association for Landscape Ecology,  Current
  • Ecological Society of America,  Current
Featured Publications
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Research Highlights

Managing for a delicious ecosystem service under climate change

Year: 2017
Maple syrup is a highly valued resource produced primarily from the sap of the sugar maple. Understanding how this resource may be impacted by climate change and other threats is essential to continue management for maple syrup into the future.

Assessing Climate Change Risk to Eastern Forests Using Climate Change Tree Atlas Data

Year: 2012
New tool makes for better informed forest management decisions

Indexing Climate Change and Ecosystem Services Across Eastern Forests

Year: 2014
The diverse forests of the eastern United States provide a multitude of benefits that enhance human well-being. Climate change has the potential to disrupt the very tree species and forest communities that provide these ecosystem services. Developing a framework that considers how projected changes ...

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.