The Noon Lab of Conservation and Landscape Ecology

Focusing on the Application of Ecological Concepts and Theory
to Environmental Problems
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Personal Summary

As a result of the breadth of my interests in ecology, I have been involved in a variety of research programs, ranging in scale from the population to the landscape, and in character from theoretical to applied. My initial interests in ecology were largely theoretical, attempting to better understand the factors that control the abundance and distribution of terrestrial organisms. Stimulated by work with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, my attention to theoretical ecology began to compete for time with my growing interests in applied ecology. Arising from an awareness of the significance of biological diversity and an increased understanding of the threats to its persistence, I became increasingly interested in the application of ecological concepts and theory to the solution of environmental problems.

B.A. Biology, Princeton University, 1971
Ph.D. Biology, State University of New York - Albany, 1977 
Research Interests

Since 1988, my research has been set within the broad context of sustainable forest management in the Pacific Northwest. I was one of many scientists involved in an attempt to find a scientific basis for the management of these forests. My specific contribution was research on the life history and population dynamics of spotted owls, a focal species in the debate over the fate of Pacific Northwest forests. In my research, I have emphasized the relationships between the owls' demography and life history and management of its habitat. In collaboration with Jennifer Blakesley, we are beginning the 12th year of study on the demography and habitat relationships of California Spotted Owls (Southern Cascade Mountains in CA).
Work on forestry issues in the Pacific Northwest forced me into the arena where science meets politics. As a result of these experiences, I now believe that scientists have a responsibility to be engaged in public policy issues, and to communicate their understanding of natural systems to decision makers. In this context, I recently finished serving as a member of a national Committee of Scientists, appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture, with the task of developing suggestions for improving the scientific basis of management of the National Forests.
My work on the vertebrate communities of forests ecosystems, and the conservation problems they face, has provided opportunities for international research. Currently and I am involved in collaborative research with Indian scientists and graduate students. Collectively, we are studying the effects of forest fragmentation on vertebrate biodiversity in the Western Ghats Mountains, India.
Contact Information:

Colorado State University
1474 Campus Delivery
Attn: Dr. Barry Noon
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1474


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