Biography of Jennifer Costanza

 

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Jennifer Costanza is a landscape ecologist with research interests in the ecological effects of global change, land change modeling, and landscape conservation. She received her Ph.D. in ecology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is currently Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources at North Carolina State University. Her research interests are in climate and land use effects on forests and landscapes.

Much of her current research is funded by the USDA Forest Service. She is examining recent changes in forest tree species communities across the conterminous United States using the Forest Service’s Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) data. She is also simulating the future dynamics of forest communities in response to changes in climate, disturbances, land use, and land management. Jennifer and her colleagues are producing future projections of forest conditions for the Forest Service’s Resources Planning Act (RPA) Assessment.

Her other ongoing research spans landscape ecology and conservation biology, including conservation and ecology of the longleaf pine ecosystem, future threats to habitat connectivity, and spatially explicit landscape dynamics modeling.

 

Contact Jennifer Costanza at jkcostan@ncsu.edu or (919) 549-4055.

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