Ecologist/Adjunct Associate Professor
Lead Principal Investigator,
Co-Principal Investigator, Sevilleta Long Term Ecological Research Project
Lead research scientist,
ECOTONE modeling website: http://usda-ars.nmsu.edu/slik-eco/
Jornada Basin LTER website: http://jornada-www.nmsu.edu/
Sevilleta LTER website: http://sev.lternet.edu/
Ph.D. Range Science
Postdoctoral work: Natural
Resource Ecology Laboratory,
Research interests: Landscape ecology, Ecosystem modeling, Cross-scale interactions and feedbacks
My research focuses on understanding and predicting the
dynamics of arid and semiarid systems across a range of spatial and temporal
scales. Much of my research involves interactions within and among various
species of grasses and shrubs with a focus on extrapolating patterns and
processes across scales, from individual plants to patches, landscapes, and
regions. Current projects include (1) the examination of spatial variation in
shrub invasion and grass persistence, (2) the study of ecotones and biotic
transitions at multiple scales, (3) predicting nonlinear spatial dynamics of
cascading systems, (4) using cross-site studies to generalize processes and
patterns, and (5) integrating process-based experiments with simulation models
(ECOTONE), geographic information systems (GIS), and remote sensed images.
Research is conducted at a number of sites in
Funding may be available to support graduate students through the Jornada Basin LTER or other sources.
Peters, D. P. C. and R. P. Gibbens. Plant communities
Peters, D. P. C., J. R. Gosz, W. T. Pockman, E. E. Small, R. R. Parmenter, and S. L. Collins. Understanding biotic transitions at multiple scales: integrating patch dynamics with ecotone theory. BioScience (in review).
Peters, D. P. C., W. H. Schlesinger, J. E. Herrick, L. F. Huenneke, and K. M. Havstad. Future directions in Jornada research: developing and applying an interactive landscape model to solve old and new problems. Pages 000-000 In: K. M. Havstad, W. H. Schlesinger, and L. F. Huenneke, eds. Structure and function of a Chihuahuan Desert ecosystem: the Jornada Basin LTER. Oxford University Press (in press).
Peters, D. P. C., D. L. Urban, R. H. Gardner, D. D. Breshears, and J. E. Herrick. Strategies for ecological extrapolation. Oikos (in press).
Peters, D. P. C., J. Yao, L. F. Huenneke, K. M. Havstad, J. E. Herrick, A. Rango, and W. H. Schlesinger. A framework and methods for simplifying complex landscapes to reduce uncertainty in predictions. Pages 000-000. In: J. Wu, B. Jones, and O. L. Loucks, eds. Scaling and uncertainty analysis in ecology (in press).
Symstad, A.J., F.S. Chapin, D.H. Wall, K.L. Gross, L.F. Huenneke, G.G. Mittelbach, D.P.C. Peters, and G.D. Tilman. 2003. Long-term perspectives on biodiversity-ecosystem function relationships. BioScience 53:89-98.
Rastetter, E.B., J.D. Aber, D.P.C. Peters, and D.S. Ojima. 2003. Using mechanistic models to scale ecological processes across space and time. BioScience 53:1-9.
Peters, D. P. C. 2002. Recruitment potential of two perennial grasses with different growth forms at a semiarid-arid ecotone. American Journal Botany 89: 1616-1623.
Peters, D.P.C. 2002. Plant species dominance at a grassland-shrubland ecotone: an individual-based gap dynamics model of herbaceous and woody species. Ecological Modelling 152(1): 5-32.
Peters, D.P.C., and J.E. Herrick. 2001. Modelling Vegetation Change and Land Degradation in Semiarid and Arid Ecosystems: An Integrated Hierarchical Approach. Advances in Environmental Monitoring and Modelling (http://www.kcl.ac.uk/advances).
Gosz, J. R., D. P. C. Peters, M. Kertész, E.
Kovács-Láng, Gy. Kröel-Dulay, and S. Bartha. 2000. Organization of grasslands
along ecological gradients: U.S.-Hungarian LTER grassland cooperation. Pp67-78
In: K. Lajtha and K. Vanderbilt, eds. Proceedings of the ILTER Regional
Research is conducted primarily at two LTER sites:
Jornada Basin LTER and ARS site in southern NM (north of
Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge LTER site in central NM (south of