Assistant Professor, Forest Management
Ecological resilience is the amount of disturbance that a system can absorb before shifting to an alternative ecological regime with its own distinct structures, functions, and feedbacks. Dr. Donovan is interested in understanding how disturbance processes like fire can promote or degrade ecosystem resilience across spatial and temporal scales and how this information can be used to support social-ecological systems management. She combines remotely sensed data with field research to answer quantitative questions that link ecological theory to application in order to promote sustainable ecosystem conservation, restoration, and management.
West Florida Research and Education Center
5988 Highway 90, Building 4900, Milton, FL 32583