Landscape Change Research Group


The scientists of the Landscape Change Research Group (LCRG) create original research as well as valuable tools and data sets for resource managers and decision makers. The LCRG works closely with the rest of NIACS to effectively deliver relevant information to land managers, collect valuable feedback from users of LCRG products, address information needs for forest adaptation, and inspire new research. The LCRG also takes advantage of local opportunities, working directly with scientists and managers to inform land management decisions in Ohio.

Chris Swanston

Chris Swanston has served as director of NIACS since 2008 and played an active role in most of the Institute’s major efforts, including directing the USDA Northern Forests Climate Hub. Chris is also project leader for NRS’ Climate, Fire, and Carbon Cycle Sciences group. He holds a PhD in forest science from Oregon State University. Chris embraces his home in the upper Midwest through snowshoe running (moving for warmth), and trail running (running from mosquitoes). Chris does not like cooked vegetables or mushrooms, because they’re gross.

Anantha Prasad

Anantha Prasad is a Research Ecologist with the U.S. Forest Service, Northern Research Station. His research focuses on modelling range-wide climate change dynamics of tree species and their intraspecific responses. Outside of work Prasad spends time with family, reading, gardening and taking walks in various parks around his house.

Matthew Peters

Matt is an Ecologist and provides technical support for the Climate Change Tree and Bird Atlas by conducting spatial analyses and data processing, statistical modeling, and generates cartographic products. He provides GIS analyses for other Northern Research Station researchers and various National Forests within the region. Matt enjoys camping and hiking with his family. 

Stephen Matthews

Stephen Matthews is Associate Professor of Wildlife Landscape Ecology in the School of Environment and Natural Resources at Ohio State University and also holds an affiliation as an ecologist with the U.S. Forest Service Northern Research Station. His research focuses on how climate and land use change influences forests and birds. Outside of work Steve spends time with his family exploring the outdoors and the kitchen.