Rosaleen March is a landscape ecologist with an interest in how species and communities respond to broad-scale environmental change.
Rosaleen March is a landscape ecologist with an interest in how species and communities respond to broad-scale environmental change. She has examined a variety of ecosystems (marine, wetlands, forest, drylands) that have undergone climate change-related phenomena, such as sea-level rise, widespread drought, and woody encroachment. She uses remote sensing with species distribution modeling to examine ecosystem dynamics at the landscape level.
During her PhD at Texas A&M University she studied the consequences of an extreme drought event in the southwestern US in 2011 that resulted in widespread tree mortality. She explored the feasibility of using coarse to moderate resolution remote sensing products and techniques such as subpixel analysis to quantify and determine the spatial distribution of dead trees. She studied climatic, edaphic, and biological drivers and assessed how short-term weather conditions and long-term climate averages work as predictors of tree mortality. During this time she also worked as a teaching assistant for Forest and Rangeland Watershed Management, Introduction to GIS, and Fundamentals of Ecology.
Rosaleen joined the Conservation Biology department of CML in November 2017 as a postdoc funded by the H2020- Marie Skłodowska Curie COFUND Programme “LEaDing Fellows”.
Currently, her work aims to determine both spatial and temporal distribution of functional diversity in tundra ecosystems and determine which edaphic and climatic factors are the main drivers of this distribution. Methods will be developed for characterizing temporal dynamics of functional diversity using time series of earth observation data.