Laura Farwell

Postdoctoral Research Associate

(608) 890-3160

126A Russell Labs
1630 Linden Drive
Madison, WI 53706


2018: Ph.D. Forest Resources, West Virginia University
2011: M.S. Forest Resources, University of Washington
2009: B.S. Environmental Science and Resource Management, University of Washington

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Research interests

Landscape and wildlife ecologist, broadly interested in impacts of global change on ecosystems and biodiversity, with a focus on avian responses to land use and land cover change. Research integrates field-based surveys with remote sensing data using innovative quantitative and spatial modeling techniques. Current projects include impacts of shale gas energy development (i.e., fracking) on forests and migratory birds in the central Appalachian region, as well as development of novel remote sensing habitat indices for biodiversity applications.

Personal interests

When I’m not in front of a computer I love playing outside with my husband and two sons. Interests include: hiking, running, gardening, linguistics, science fiction, and taco trucks.

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