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Dean L. Urban

Professor Emeritus of Environmental Sciences and Policy
Environmental Sciences and Policy
Box 90328, Durham, NC 27708-0328
A320 Lev Sci Res Ctr, Durham, NC 27708


My interest in landscape ecology focuses on the agents and implications of pattern in forested landscapes. Increasingly, my research is in what has been termed "theoretical applied ecology," developing new analytic approaches to applications of immediate practical concern such as conservation planning. A hallmark of my Lab is the integration of field studies, spatial analysis, and simulation modeling in extrapolating our fine-scale empirical understanding of environmental issues to the larger space and time scales of management and policy.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Professor Emeritus of Environmental Sciences and Policy · 2023 - Present Environmental Sciences and Policy, Nicholas School of the Environment

Education, Training & Certifications

University of Tennessee, Knoxville · 1986 Ph.D.
Southern Illinois University · 1981 M.A.
Southern Illinois University · 1978 B.A.