Houses and WUI Research

Should I stay or should I go? Patterns of building and re-building after wildfires.


Across the United States, the number and cost of wildfires are rising. While rebuilding lost homes is common, Patricia Alexandre finds some unexpected patterns as communities recover from these infernos.
Jan 2016
Study lake in Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in Northern Wisconsin

The differential importance of aquatic insect productivity on terrestrial, insectivorous bird guilds.


Aerial insectivore birds have experienced population declines while other insectivore guilds have not. Paul’s research shows that aerial insectivore abundance is related to aquatic insect emergence, while gleaner abundance is not.
Jan 2016

Why do some houses burn and others do not when a wildfire hits?


Multiple environmental factors explain the likelihood of a burning house with a wildfire.
Jan 2015

Using Bayesian statistics to predict housing growth in the U.S.


Information about housing densities at fine spatial scales is critical to understanding how human development impacts wildlife. Nick Keuler, statistician for the SILVIS lab, and Roger Hammer at Oregon State University are using Bayesian statistics to project US census data to smaller spatial scales.
Jan 2014

Helping to train the next generation of conservation scientists: running the IGERT on biodiversity conservation in novel ecosystems


Research topics range from economics to entomology, and research locations literally span the globe. Some might call administering such a grant challenging, but to Shelley Maxted, it's a treat.
Feb 2013

Conservation conflicts: Housing growth in conservation priority areas in Wisconsin


Sarah Carter uses projections of future housing development to identify those sites requiring immediate conservation attention in order to successfully conserve Wisconsin's biodiversity.
Feb 2013

Where do fires destroy homes in the United States?


Rural housing development and fires: Understanding trends of housing loss to wildfires and rebuilding efforts throughout the United States.
Jan 2013

Massaging the U.S. Census to look at the WUI and at housing growth trends


Dave Helmers sits down with me and gives the skinny on how he turns U.S. Census data into ecologically relevant products for answering some of the most pressing questions in land-change conservation science.
Jan 2013

Housing development is eroding the value of protected lands


Locations in and around natural areas are especially appealing for housing development. Unfortunately, this development may have undesirable consequences.
Jan 2013

Why and where do fires start (in the Huron National Forest)?


Can we stop fires before they start? Researchers are working to predict fire ignitions.
Aug 2011

Weaving the conservation landscape: habitat connectivity and the future of the National Wildlife Refuge System


Could land use change threaten the US National Wildlife Refuge System? PhD student Chris Hamilton uses cutting-edge technologies to find an answer.
Nov 2010

Housing growth and road density in and near Park Service holdings in the Midwest


Worldwide, intensifying land use is limiting management options inside and out of national parks. Shelley Maxted and others developed a land use monitoring approach and applied it to two parks in the Midwest to assess development pressures. They found considerable changes in road and housing density and landscape fragmentation.
Jul 2010

Zoning has heterogeneous effects on housing growth, but in most cases is not strong enough to affect ecosystem functions


Is zoning an appropriate tool to protect lakes? Van Butsic answered this question for a study region in Northern Wisconsin. He found out that zoning is only effective on lakes with a certain baseline development. One size fits all zoning is ineffective.
Jul 2010

Optimizing fuel treatment locations in the WUI


How can we optimize resources to protect houses from fire in America's Wildland Urban Interface? A team of SILVIS researchers, lead by Avi Bar Massada, is exploring this question.
Jul 2010

The Legacy of Past Housing Patterns is Important to Explain Today's Plant Invasions


How important is the past to understand present plant invasions? Gregorio Gavier Pizarro recently found that plant invasions may depend more on historic housing and road patterns than on today's urban sprawl. To the contrary, contemporary forest fragmentation explained invasions better than fragmentation legacies.
Jan 2010