media release

Researcher lauded for advancing landscape ecology

June 05, 2014

Andrew Fall (Lasqueti Island resident), 250.333.8595,
Professor Janet Franklin, president US-IALE, 480.965.9884,
Carol Thorbes, PAMR, 778.782.3035,


The United States Regional Association of the International Association for Landscape Ecology (US-IALE) has presented a Simon Fraser University researcher with the 2014 Distinguished Landscape Practitioner Award.  The award recognizes outstanding applications of the principles of landscape ecology to real-world problems.

Landscape ecology is the science of studying and improving relationships between ecological processes in the environment and particular ecosystems. This is done within a variety of landscape scales, development spatial patterns and organizational levels of research and policy.

Andrew Fall, an SFU Faculty of Environment adjunct professor in the School of Resource and Environmental Management, is a research consultant. He has been integrating computer technologies directly into landscape ecology since he and his brother Joseph created the landscape scale-simulation-modeling tool Spatially Explicit Landscape Event Simulator (SELES), in 1996.

His novel contribution is in the application of this powerful tool to encouraging participatory modeling for development of land management and policy on a large spatial and temporal scale.

A quote from one of his nomination letters: “Where Buzz Holling championed the idea of adaptive management, Andrew Fall made it reality... He recognized that to effectively inform decision-making, the right people had to be involved in the modeling at all times… He developed an iterative participatory modeling process that we use to this day when using simulation to inform land management decisions.”

The US-IALE award recognizes Fall for his many contributions to resource management in British Columbia, Quebec, Catalonia, and elsewhere internationally.

The US-IALE fosters research and use of landscape ecology in North America. Details about US-IALE and the International Association for Landscape Ecology can be found at and

Simon Fraser University is consistently ranked among Canada's top comprehensive universities and is one of the top 50 universities in the world under 50 years old. With campuses in Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey, B.C., SFU engages actively with the community in its research and teaching, delivers almost 150 programs to more than 30,000 students, and has more than 125,000 alumni in 130 countries.


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