I study the ways that landscape composition and pattern influence animal behavior, species distributions and ecosystem function. As humans are one of the primary drivers of landscape characteristics globally, much of my work is applied and focused on management and conservation. However, understanding mechanisms is key to generalization, so a central part of my research program is basic in nature and links landscape ecology to behavioral ecology, physiology, and molecular ecology. The complexity of ecological systems requires powerful tools that extend beyond ecology into other disciplines - particularly mathematics and computer science. Members of my lab engage actively in such interdisciplinary collaborations through the Ecosystem Informatics program at OSU.
Matthew G. Betts
2006-2007: Post-Doctoral Fellow, Dartmouth College, N.H.
2000-2005: Ph.D., Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management, University of New Brunswick.
1996-1999: B.Sc., Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management, University of New Brunswick.
1993-1995: M.A., Regional Planning and Resource Development, Faculty of Environmental Studies, University of Waterloo.
1988-1992: B.A. Honours, Political Science, Queen's University.