Professor, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Global changes include both landscape use change and climate change due to natural and man disturbances. Such disturbance operate at more than one spatial and temporal scale generating a complex forested landscape mosaic that influences forest regeneration and wildlife persistence at the landscape level. To evaluate the long-term impacts of different disturbance regimes and climate change on species range shifts (vegetation and wildlife) my research aims to quantify and discriminate among various types of landscape spatial heterogeneity, such as spatial dependence due to environmental factors, spatial autocorrelation due to ecological processes, landscape local configuration and fragmentation. To do so, spatial statistics and modeling are used to quantify landscape spatial dynamics and to identify the most important cluster of habitats needed to maintain, or restore, wildlife movement in multiuse and fragmented landscapes. The analytic tools developed can also be extended to other species for the purpose of land use decision-making including the location of roads and transmission corridors, the development of forest management plans and the establishment of protected areas for conservation purpose.
More information about the research in my lab can be found on my web site: http://www.zoo.utoronto.ca/fortin