Lindsey Smart

Lindsey Smart

“As a landscape ecologist, I combine my knowledge of ecological processes with information on human decision-making to better understand adaptive capacity and resilience in complex socio-ecological systems.”

It’s interesting to think that an individual and the decisions that she/he makes have a measurable and inherently spatial impact on the land upon which he/she lives, works, and recreates. It may be easy to think about these effects for a single individual, but the cumulative effects of decisions from an entire population on the landscape is a bit more difficult to understand. Lindsey employs geospatial modeling and spatial statistics to better understand the complex dynamics of human-environment interactions and their consequences on ecosystem health, social vulnerabilities, and the provision of ecosystem services. The hope is that by providing alternate decision-making scenarios we can inform policy-makers on appropriate solutions for both humans and the environment to best adapt to an ever-changing world.

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