The Center for Forest Sustainability (CFS) seeks to enhance and
facilitate linkages among research and education activities that focus
on comparability between natural resources and urban expansion at
regional, national, or international scales. The Center fosters
interdisciplinary efforts that integrate biological and socioeconomic
issues. The CFS functions as a primary interface between society and
natural resources issues which directly influence our quality of life.
Our goal is to help provide answers to one of the most critical issues
facing humanity, the impact of expanding human populations on natural
resources. We use interdisciplinary and outreach and education tools to
accomplish the following:
- Understand the influences of urban development on
biodiversity, water quality, vegetation dynamics, sociology, economics
and human health across forested landscapes at regional, national and
- Develop research techniques that facilitate
integrated study of biological, environmental, and socioeconomic effects
of urban development.
- Develop predictive and management tools that will
permit the anticipation and remediation of impacts related to future
land development scenarios.
Urban growth is an ecological and human issue that is
inextricably linked. To meet our goals, the CFS fosters transdisciplinary
and interdisciplinary research approaches to address pertinent issues
related to the urban-rural interface. Further details regarding this
research philosophy are provided in:
Lockaby, B.G., D.
Zhang, J. McDaniel, H. Tian, and S. Pan. 2005.
Interdisciplinary research at the urban-rural interface:
WestGA project. Urban Ecosystems 8:7-21.
Nagy, R.C. and B.G.
Lockaby. 2010. Urbanization in the Southeastern United States: socioeconomic
forces and ecological responses along an urban-rural gradient. Urban
Ecosystems: DOI 10.1007/s11252-010-0143-6.