Janet Silbernagel

Janet SilbernagelJanet Silbernagel, PhD is a landscape ecologist with a design background, specializing in landscape conservation strategies, applying landscape ecological theory, scenario modeling, and geospatial analyses. Recently she has worked on scenarios of forest conservation effectiveness in a changing climate (with The Nature Conservancy); citizen engagement and spatial literacy in Great Lakes coastal communities (with NOAA Sea Grant); landscape connectivity of conservation subdivisions (in WI); and studies to understand dynamics of wetland systems for crane conservation in both China and Wisconsin (with the International Crane Foundation).

Silbernagel started her career as a landscape architect with the US. Forest Service before receiving her PhD in Forest Science from Michigan Technological University. Previously Silbernagel served on the faculty of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture at Washington State University. She has been on the faculty at UW-Madison since 1999.

Dr. Silbernagel is excited to serve as the new lead editor for the Springer Landscape Series, redefined to invite proposals that are scientifically-grounded and solutions-oriented around key global challenges. At UW-Madison she directs the Professional Master’s program in Environmental Conservation within the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, designed to train conservation leaders internationally. Through these roles and her research, Dr. Silbernagel travels between the Great Lakes, Europe, and China.

Selected Publications

Silbernagel, J., Host, G., Hagley, C., Fortner, R., Axler, R., Danz, N. Hart, D., Axler, M., and A.Drewes.  2015Linking place-based science to people through spatial narratives of coastal stewardship. Journal of Coastal Conservation, April:1-18:  doi:10.1007/s11852-015-0380-1.

Bürgi, M., Silbernagel, J., Wu, J., Keinast, F. 2014. Linking ecosystem services with landscape historyLandscape Ecology, OnlineFirst:  doi:10.1007/s10980-014-0102-3

Nixon, K. J.Silbernagel, J.Price, N.Miller, and R.Swaty. 2014. Habitat availability for multiple avian species under modeled alternative conservation strategies for the Two Hearted River Watershed in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, USAJournal of Nature Conservation. Available online at: doi:10.1016/j.jnc.2014.02.005

Smith,V., R. Greene, and J. Silbernagel.  2013The social and spatial dynamics of community food production: A landscape approach to policy and program development. Landscape Ecology. doi: 10.1007/s10980-013-9891-z

Drewes, A. and J. Silbernagel. 2012. Uncovering the spatial dynamics of wild rice landscapes for community-based conservation. Ecological Modeling. Available online at: doi:10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2011.09.015.

Price, J., J. Silbernagel, N.Miller, R.Swaty, M.White, K.Nixon. 2012. Eliciting expert knowledge to inform landscape modeling of conservation scenarios. Ecological Modeling, doi:10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2011.09.010.

Silbernagel, J., J. Price, R. Swaty, and N. Miller. 2011. The Next Frontier: Projecting the Effectiveness of Broad-scale Forest Conservation Strategies. In: Landscape Ecology and Forest Management: Challenges and Solutions in a Changing Globe, (ed.s Chao Li, R. Lafortezza, & J. Chen), Springer.

Natori,Y., J.Silbernagel and M.S.Adams 2011. Biodiversity Conservation Planning in Rural Landscapes in Japan: Integration of Ecological and Visual Perspectives. In: Research in Biodiversity – Models and Applications, (Ed. Igor Ya.Pavlinov), ISBN: 978-953-307-794-9, InTech, Available from: http://www.intechopen.com/books/research-in-biodiversity-models-and-applications/biodiversity-conservation-planning-in-rural-landscapes-in-japan-integration-of-ecological-and-visual.

Silbernagel, J., L. Yang, W. Xu.  2009.  Strategies for landscape recovery and Giant Panda conservation in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake region, PR China.  Paper for Society for Conservation Biology meeting, Beijing, July

Silbernagel, J., J.Chen, B.Song, and A.Noormets. 2006. Conducting sound ecological studies at the landscape scale: Research challenges. In Ecology of Hierarchical Landscapes: From Theory to Application, New York, Nova Science Publishers Inc., 333pp. ISBN=1-60021-047-3

Silbernagel, J. 2005. Bio-regional patterns and spatial narratives for integrated landscape research and design.  In From Landscape Research to Landscape Planning: Aspects of Integration, Education, and Application, Dordrecht, Berlin, Heidelberg, Springer, 440pp.

Silbernagel, J. and W.G. Hendrix. 2004. Sunburn on the vineyard:  Terroir and the sustainability of juice grapes in an arid climate. International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability, 1(2):89-94.

Drewes, A. and J. Silbernagel. 2005. Setting up an integrative research approach for sustaining wild rice (Zizania palustris) in the Upper Great Lakes Region of North America. In: Tress, B., Tress, G., Fry, G., Opdam, P. (eds.), From Landscape Research to Landscape Planning: Aspects of Integration, Education, and Application. Wageningen UR Frontis Series, Volume 12. Springer, Dordrecht, Berlin, Heidelberg, 440pp, ISBN=978-1-4020-3979-9

Silbernagel, J. and W.G. Hendrix. 2004. Sunburn on the vineyard: Terroir and the sustainability of juice grapes in an arid climate. International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability, 1(2):89-94.

Silbernagel, J. 2003. Spatial theory in early conservation design: Examples from Aldo Leopold’s work. Landscape Ecology 18:635-646.PDF

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