The analysis of markets for timber and non-timber forest products under existing and potential future environmental, social and political constraints.
The changing role of non-industrial private forest landowners in the forest products sector of the Pacific Northwest and the application of collaborative learning as a mechanism for fostering more effective public involvement in the management of public forest lands.
Statistical modelling of multivariate time series. We are currently developing new multivariate statistical tools for the analysis of ecological communities that reveal quantitative measures of the interactions of creatures with each other and their environment, and also quantitative measures of overall ecosystem stability in the face of perturbations such as management actions or climate variability.
Conceptual Modelling of the FEW Nexus. We are beginning a new, NSF-funded program in applied epistemology and conceptual analysis examining the dynamics, trade-offs and stability at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water systems in the Columbia River Basin as part of a larger collaboration on resilience in the provisioning capacity of the Pacific Northwest.
Habitat Restoration in the Pacific Northwest. We continue a decades-long project to evaluate large-scale decision making in habitat management across the Pacific Northwest using applied semantics and ecoinformatics to ask questions such as “are we being efficient or effective with the billions of dollars spent on habitat restoration in the last 20 years?”
Local-scale climate variability impacts. We are continuing projects that use data confederation methods to evaluate how short-term climate variability affects local regional eco-systems and human-natural coupled systems, such as how the changing frequency of extreme events may have affected regional fisheries and other maritime activity?
Interactions among climate, the biosphere and the pedosphere
The structure and function of the Earth’s surface from a biogeochemical perspective — particularly in the context of climate change and the forcing factors that drive earth surface structure and function
Mechanisms of carbon stabilization in soil and the biogeochemical effects of winds on the earth’s surface
Biological Oceanography and Aquatic Ecology, with primary expertise in the population and community ecology of plankton.
Trophic role of heterotrophic planktonic protists 2-200 µm in size (“microzooplankton”) and metazoan planktonic animals 200-2,000 µm in size (“mesozooplankton”) as mediators of carbon and energy flow from primary producers to higher trophic levels such as invertebrates and fish, and especially how these small grazers influence the dynamics of harmful algal blooms and impact ecosystems when introduced to novel environments.
Interdisciplinary studies across the domains of aquatic science, political science, and science education.
Understand the Earth from the perspective of geochemistry
Radiogenic isotopes and geochronology
Utilizing radiogenic isotopes as natural tracers of sources and geological processes and also as geochronometers to determine the ages of rocks and geological events
Understanding how the Earth formed and how it has evolved through its history and also help constrain the geological processes that are operating on Earth today
Worked on a wide range of Earth and planetary materials including meteorites, igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks of all ages, modern sediments and volcanic rocks, and water samples. Vervoort is director of the Radiogenic Isotope and Geochronology Laboratory at WSU.
Transformational education strategies for improving scientific literacy for both majors and non-majors in environmental and natural resource sciences.
Improving and increasing use of collaborative public policy to address grand environmental challenges that face the Northwest region and the Nation.
Addressing complex water quality and quantity issues at a local and regional scale through multi-stakeholder collaboration and cooperation as an alternative (or compliment) to command-and-control strategies (i.e. regulation).