Chris Wilson

Chris Wilson
The central goal of research in the Wilson Lab is to improve management of pasture and rangeland for a variety of ecosystem services, with a special emphasis on strategies that can simultaneously enhance rural livelihood while contributing to climate change mitigation and ecosystem resilience.

Teaching

Currently, I am teaching Global Agroecosystems, Alternative Cropping Systems and our department’s new Project Teams in Agrobiology. My goal as an instructor is for students to develop a holistic and rigorous understanding of agroecology as an interdisciplinary science, one that is ideally suited to address the global and local crises facing our food systems. My approach is to challenge students to engage with material both personally and intellectually using a variety of learning modalities, lively discussion, and project-focused curricula.

Research

The central goal of research in the Wilson Lab is to improve management of pasture and rangeland for a variety of ecosystem services, with a special emphasis on strategies that can simultaneously enhance rural livelihood while contributing to climate change mitigation and ecosystem resilience. To this end, we perform targeted field experiments- often with stable isotopes- to test hypotheses linking large herbivores, plant communities and soil organic matter. We also combine field data with satellite remote sensing to foster scalable scientific insight and inform land management. Finally, we work to reconcile disparate sources of information, and sometimes competing scientific models, using hierarchical statistical methods.

Contact

Office:
2089 McCarty Hall B, Gainesville, FL 32611

Mail:
PO Box 110500, Gainesville, FL 32611

Phone:
(352) 273-2217

Email:
chwilson@ufl.edu