Ecosystem service, landscape ecology, biological conservation, land-water interactions, hydrologic ecosystem service, integrated scenarios, global change, climate and land use change, biological invasions, sustainability, social-ecological systems, spatial ecology, remote sensing, biophysical and spatial modeling, GIS.
My dissertation research addresses how global environmental changes, including climate and land-use change and biological invasions, affect the sustainability of freshwater resources and other ecosystem services (benefits people obtain from nature) in the Yahara Watershed of southern Wisconsin, USA—an exemplar typifying many agricultural landscapes. Specifically, I am using an interdisciplinary approach integrating spatial modeling, remote sensing, landscape analysis, integrated scenarios, field experiment/observation, and social sciences to address the following research questions:
- What are the spatial concordance and spatial interactions (i.e., tradeoffs and synergies) among a suite of ecosystem services?
- How do landscape pattern affect the delivery of hydrologic ecosystem services, and are there opportunities for small changes in landscape pattern to produce large gains in the provision of hydrologic services?
- What are the consequences of alternative future scenarios for landscape sustainability and interactions among multiple ecosystem services?
- What are the consequences of a newly arrived non-native earthworm (Amynthas agrestis) for the supply of ecosystem services that respond to soil alterations, and do effects differ among forest, prairie and agroecosystems?
Read our recent research coverage "Small landscape changes can mean big freshwater gains".
Read our recent research coverage "Ecologists map the benefits of our ecosystems".
Read our recent research brief entitled "Optimizing the benefits of our ecosystems will require holistic landscape management".
Read more about our project: Tradeoffs and synergies among ecosystem services in an urbanizing agricultural landscape in the Upper Midwest, USA
This is part of an NSF funded “Water Sustainability and Climate (WSC)” project—Climate change, shifting land use, and urbanization in a Midwestern agricultural landscape focused on the Yahara River Watershed.
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Qiu, J.. 2015. A global synthesis on the effects of biological invasion on greenhouse gas emissions. Global Ecology and Biogeography 24:1351-1362.
Qiu, J., Turner, M.G. 2015. Importance of landscape heterogeneity in sustaining hydrologic ecosystem services in an agricultural watershed. Ecosphere 6:art229
Qiu, J., Turner, M.G. 2013. Spatial interactions among ecosystem services in an urbanizing agricultural watershed. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 110:12149–12154.
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