Elaina Marshalek

Elaina Marshalek

Tropical forests, as the most species diverse terrestrial ecosystems in the world, are subject to a broad range of management objectives, including watershed protection, carbon sequestration, timber production, and biodiversity conservation. Balancing ecological considerations and economic pressures is a persistent challenge, however methods from the field of Operations Research may be used for strategic planning in multi-use tropical forest landscapes.

My research lies in the intersection between operations research and forest ecology to create sustainable models for forest management. I utilize mathematical modeling and optimization techniques to investigate how improved forest management planning may mitigate impacts on species diversity.

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