Currently, I have the honor of researching the permeability of protected areas and their greater ecosystems with Dr. Travis Belote. Travis is a visionary who asks bold and innovative questions about wildlands to provide solutions to some of the greatest problems in the Anthropocene.
Travis is a community and landscape ecologist working at the interface of basic and applied conservation science. Since 2009, he has been the Lead Research Ecologist with The Wilderness Society in the Northern Rockies in Bozeman, MT. Additionally, he is faculty affiliate at Montana State University and the University of Montana. His research focuses on understanding the basic science of ecosystems to inform conservation and adaptive management under increasing pressures of global change (including land use, climate change, and invasive species). He has studied the effects of fire on biodiversity, climate change on invasive species, the impacts of alternative timber harvesting disturbances on forest resilience, and ecological thresholds in rangelands. Recently his work has used large-scale spatial data to map wildland values and climate change vulnerability to guide conservation strategies. His research has appeared in Nature, Ecology, Ecological Applications, and Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, among other journals.
He completed his M.S. at the University of Tennessee, Ph.D. at Virginia Tech, and conducted postdoctoral research with the USGS in Flagstaff, AZ. When he is not mapping you can find him in the backcountry with his wife and two boys camping and exploring.
Dr. Travis Belote speaking on the benefits and need of wilderness for the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute.
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