Jonathan Lyon, Merrimack College

Chair North Andover, Massachusetts lyonj@merrimack.edu Office: (978) 837-5280

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My broad research interests are in applying ecological approaches to help understand, predict and ultimately solve real-world problems. I have active research interests in plant community ecology, the character of ecotones between communities and across landscapes, the impacts of human disturbanc...

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Bio/Research

My broad research interests are in applying ecological approaches to help understand, predict and ultimately solve real-world problems. I have active research interests in plant community ecology, the character of ecotones between communities and across landscapes, the impacts of human disturbance on plant community structure and dynamics, conservation biology and environmental management. I also have interest in freshwater, aquatic plant communities.

Riparian systems are of particular interest because of their species richness and variability in space and time, their impact on water quality, their importance as wildlife habitat, and the development and human utilization pressures on these systems. My primary focus is on elucidating patterns of plant diversity in relation to flooding regimes, topography, soils, physical characteristics of the landscape, and human disturbance. Much of this research has incorporated use of geographic information systems (GIS), multivariate statistics and spatial modeling in efforts to identify key environmental gradients and human impacts that are influencing these systems.


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