Owl Creek Range photograph
(c) George Wuerthner
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Reed F. Noss, Ph.D.
Dr. Noss directs the SPICE (Science and Planning In Conservation Ecology) lab at
the University of Central Florida, which concentrates on basic and applied
problems in biodiversity conservation. Research topics addressed by Dr. Noss
and his students and collaborators include the autecology of imperiled vertebrate
species (e.g., habitat relationships, demography, dispersal ecology, population
viability); the protection, restoration, and management of ecosystems (from plant
communities to regional landscapes); ecological indicators, monitoring, and
adaptive management; multicriteria conservation planning; and the planning and
management of the wildland-urban interface. Current projects include field studies
and population modeling of the Florida grasshopper sparrow, Florida scrub-jay,
and Big Cypress fox squirrel; research on the impacts of roads on wildlife and the
design of wildlife crossings and other mitigation; studies of fire ecology,
restoration, and conservation of western and boreal forests; ecology of
amphibians and birds in isolated southeastern wetlands; and regional
conservation planning (e.g. in the Great Sand Hills of Saskatchewan and the Dry
Prairie of south-central Florida). Proposed projects include research on
multi-species carnivore guilds along wildland-urban gradients in Florida;
restoration of longleaf pine ecosystems for recovery of red-cockaded
woodpeckers; and ecological and genetic studies of eastern indigo snakes and
Florida bog frogs.

In April 2005 Professor Noss received a grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service in the amount of $615,594.

In addition to his work at the SPICE lab and his service to CPI, Dr. Noss is
President and Chief Scientist for the
Florida Institute for Conservation Science.
Professor Noss crawling along steephead stream, Nokuse Plantation,
Walton County, Florida. Photo by April Noss
Research Interests

The focus of my research program, especially over the last decade, has been on
systematic, multicriteria conservation planning on regional to continental scales. I
have designed and directed such studies in Florida, the Pacific Northwest,
California, and the Rocky Mountains of the U.S. and Canada, and have been an
advisor to similar projects throughout North America and parts of Latin America
and Europe. This work seeks to identify and map areas deserving protection from
development and to devise management policies, approaches, and techniques
that will succeed in maintaining the natural values of these areas over time.
Hypothesis-testing is a central part of this approach. For example, predictions
from ecological theory and population dynamics models and inferences drawn
from studies of related taxa can be used to test the ability of alternative reserve
designs to maintain populations of focal species over time. Through an iterative
process of testing maps against data and predictions from models, preliminary
designs can be refined into a scientifically defensible network. My students and I
have pioneered methods of integrating population viability analysis into reserve
selection algorithms. I am currently developing a research program in central
Florida that will examine responses of species (especially vertebrates) and
ecological processes to environmental conditions along urban-wildland
gradients. I am also interested in comprehensive conservation planning in the
Caribbean/Mesoamerican region.
Professor Noss exploring the active dunes of the Great Sand Hills,
Saskatchewan. Photo by Clay Noss.
Selected Publications

Noss, R.F., C. Carroll, K. Vance-Borland, and G. Wuerthner. 2002. A multicriteria
assessment of the irreplaceability and vulnerability of sites in the Greater
Yellowstone Ecosystem. Conservation Biology 16:895-908.

Redford, K.H. P. Coppolillo, E.W. Sanderson, G.A.B. da Fonseca, E. Dinerstein,
C. Groves, G. Mace, S. Maginnis, R. Mittermeier, R. Noss, D. Olson, J.G.
Robinson, A. Vedder, and M. Wright. 2003. Mapping the conservation landscape.
Conservation Biology 17:116-131.

Noss, R.F. 2003. A checklist for wildlands network designs. Conservation
Biology 17:1270-1275.

Carroll, C., R.F. Noss, P.C. Paquet, and N.H. Schumaker. 2003. Integrating
population viability analysis and reserve selection algorithms into regional
conservation plans. Ecological Applications 13:1773-1789.

Lindenmayer, D.B., D.R. Foster, J.F. Franklin, M.L. Hunter, R.F. Noss, F.A.
Schmiegelow, and D. Perry. 2004. Saving forests or saving fiber? Salvage
harvesting policies after natural disturbance impairs ecosystem and species
recovery. Science 303:1303.

Carroll, C., R.F. Noss, P.C. Paquet, and N.H. Schumaker. 2004. Extinction debt
of protected areas in developing landscapes. Conservation Biology

Noss, R.F. 2004. Information needs for large-scale conservation planning.
Natural Areas Journal 24:223-231.

Noss, R.F. 2004. Some suggestions for keeping National Wildlife Refuges
healthy and whole. Natural Resources Journal 44:1093-1111.

Svancara, L.K., R. Brannon, J.M. Scott, C.R. Groves, R.F. Noss, and R.L.
Pressey. 2005. Policy-driven vs. evidence-based conservation: a review of
political targets and biological needs. BioScience 55:989-995.

Fleishman, E., R.F. Noss, and B.R. Noon. 2006. The utility and limitations of
species richness metrics in conservation. Ecological Indicators 6:543-553.

Noss, R.F., P. Beier, W.W. Covington, R.E. Grumbine, D.B. Lindenmayer, J.W.
Prather, F. Schmiegelow, T.D. Sisk, and D.J. Vosick. 2006. Integrating
restoration ecology and conservation biology: a case study from ponderosa pine
forests of the southwestern USA. Restoration Ecology 14:4-10.

Meretsky, V.J., D. Ashe, R.L. Fischman, J.R. Karr, J.M. Scott, R.F. Noss, and R.
Schroeder. 2006. Biological diversity, integrity, and environmental health:
conservation under the National Wildlife Improvement Act of 1997. BioScience

Meine, C., M. Soulé, and R.F. Noss. 2006. "A mission-driven discipline": the
growth of conservation biology. Conservation Biology 20:631-651

Noss, R.F., and D.B. Lindenmayer. 2006. Introduction: The ecological effects of
salvage logging after natural disturbance. Conservation Biology 20:xx-xx

Lindenmayer, D.B., and R.F. Noss. 2006. Salvage harvesting, ecosystem
processes, and biodiversity conservation. Conservation Biology 20:xx-xx.

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