Department of Landscape Architecture

Research Center

Center for Landscape Conservation Planning
Dr. Tom Hoctor, Director

The Center for Landscape Conservation Planning conducts applied research on the relationship between conservation and land use while providing learning opportunities for students. Results of the Center’s research are used to influence public policy through education and direct involvement in the application of relevant science, technology, and planning principles and methods to conservation analysis, planning, and management. A primary goal is research and education regarding the importance of protecting green infrastructure. Green infrastructure promotes the critical concept that ecosystem function, biodiversity, and the health of human communities are inextricably linked. The activities of the Center include four primary programmatic areas: research and planning related to protection of regional ecological networks; landscape and biodiversity conservation research and planning; green infrastructure research and planning; and education for students, designers, and planners in principles of landscape ecology, conservation biology, and conservation planning including relevant GIS applications and tools.