Rob is a Professor in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources and a Faculty Fellow with the Center for Geospatial Analytics. He received his Ph.D. in Forest Ecology from the University of Wisconsin. His research focuses on landscape change: how landscapes have changed, how they will change, and why it matters. Specifically, his research examines how management and natural disturbances generate or reduce landscape health, specifically in regards to climate change. He forecasts landscape change to inform policy choices, regionally and globally. He has published more than 60 manuscripts and book chapters and otherwise enjoys the natural and cultural amenities of North Carolina.