Kevin J. Gutzwiller, Ph.D.
Department of Biology
Waco, TX 76798-7388 USA
The overarching goals of my research are to understand broad-scale human influences on natural systems and to provide a scientific basis for managing the influences in support of biodiversity, ecosystem services, and human societies. My general research interests include interdisciplinary assessment and management of impacts from land use, wildland recreation, road networks, energy and residential development, and climate change. Policy relevance and societal importance are key aspects of this work. The ecological settings for these analyses range from remote wildlands to managed landscapes. I am interested in various taxa and ecosystems, especially those that are facing significant conservation problems.
Some Current Research Emphases
- Cross-scale Interactions and Thresholds in Species-Landscape Relationships
- Broad-scale Effects of Wildland Recreation Disturbance
- Habitat Persistence and Transition Modeling
- Interannual Variation in Species Distribution Models
- Applications of Landscape Ecology in Conservation
Monz, C.A., K.J. Gutzwiller, V.H. Hausner, M.W. Brunson, R. Buckley, and C.M. Pickering. 2020. Understanding and managing the interactions of impacts from nature-based recreation and climate change. Ambio: doi.org/10.1007/s13280-020-01403-y.
Chaudhary, A., and K.J. Gutzwiller. 2020. Within-scale and cross-scale interaction effects of temperature and human socioeconomic conditions on avian abundance. Avian Conservation and Ecology 15(2): Article 8.
Gutzwiller, K.J., and A. Chaudhary. 2020. Machine-learning models, cost matrices, and conservation-based reduction of selected landscape classification errors. Landscape Ecology 35:249-255.
Gutzwiller, K.J., A.L. D’Antonio, and C.A. Monz. 2017. Wildland recreation disturbance: broad-scale spatial analysis and management. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 15:517-524. (cover-story article)
Gutzwiller, K.J., S.K. Riffell, and C.H. Flather. 2015. Avian abundance thresholds, human-altered landscapes, and the challenge of assemblage-level conservation. Landscape Ecology 30:2095-2110.
Betts, M.G., K.J. Gutzwiller, M.J. Smith, W.D. Robinson, and A.S. Hadley. 2015. Improving inferences about functional connectivity from animal translocation experiments. Landscape Ecology 30:585-593.