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Reed Noss
Phone: 407-823-0975
Office: BL 202C
Email: rnoss@mail.ucf.edu




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Research Interests

The focus of Dr. Noss’s research program for the last two decades has been on systematic conservation planning at regional to continental scales. He has designed and directed such studies in Florida, the Pacific Northwest, California, the Rocky Mountains, and several regions of Canada, and has been an advisor to similar projects throughout North America and parts of Latin America and Europe. This work seeks to identify areas requiring protection from development and to devise management policies, approaches, and techniques that will maintain the biodiversity and ecological values of these areas and entire landscapes over time. Such planning focuses on several levels of biological organization, depending on available data, and includes field research and population modeling of imperiled taxa and other focal species. Predictions from ecological theory and population models can be used to test the ability of alternative reserve designs and management practices 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 scientifically defensible networks. Dr. Noss and his students have pioneered methods of integrating population viability analysis into reserve selection algorithms. His current research program is increasingly interdisciplinary and includes work on fire ecology, forest and grassland restoration and management, the Florida Grasshopper Sparrow and its dry prairie habitat, Florida Scrub-Jays, and the Florida Panther. An emerging theme is the responses of species (especially vertebrates) and ecological processes to environmental conditions along urban-wildland gradients. Road ecology (e.g., responses of wildlife to roads and the design of wildlife crossings and barriers to minimize impacts) and movement ecology (e.g., corridors and connectivity) figure prominently in this research theme.



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Selected Publications

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 56:135-143.
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.
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.
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 20:946-948
Noss, R.F., J.F. Franklin, W.L. Baker, T. Schoennagel, and P.B. Moyle. 2006. Managing fire-prone forests in the western United States. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 4:481-487.
Czech, B., D. L. Trauger, J. Farley, R. Costanza, H. E. Daly, C. A. S. Hall, R. F. Noss, L. Krall, and P. R. Krausman. 2005. Establishing indicators for biodiversity. Science 308:791-792.
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.
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 18:1110-1120.
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
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.
Noss, R.F. 2001. Beyond Kyoto: Forest management in a time of rapid climate change. Conservation Biology 15:578-590.


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Highlights

April 2005:

Davis-Shine Endowed Professor Reed Noss received a grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the amount of $615,594.


April 2005: Davis-Shine Endowed Professor Reed Noss received a grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the amount of $615,594.



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Memberships

American Association for the Advancement of Science
American Institute of Biological Sciences
American Ornithologists? Union
Association of Field Ornithologists
Certified Senior Ecologist, Ecological Society of America
Cooper Ornithological Society
Ecological Society of America
Elected Scientific Fellow, Wildlife Conservation Society
Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
Florida Academy of Sciences
Florida Native Plant Society
Florida Ornithological Society
Gopher Tortoise Council
Society for Conservation Biology
The Natural Areas Association
Wilson Ornithological Society


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Education

Ph.D Wildlife & Range Sciences, 1988 - University of Florida
Ecology Ecology, 1979 - University of Tennessee, Knoxville
B.S Graduate School of Education, 1976 - Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio
B.S Education, 1975 - University of Dayton, Ohio




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