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Impacts of Mountaintop Mining on Terrestrial Ecosystem Integrity


February 2012 - March 2014


We identified thresholds in forest loss within the mountaintop mining region at which different avian species increased or declined.

Research Products and Activities

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Becker, D.A., P.B. Wood, M.P. Strager, C. Mazzarella. 2015. Impacts of mountaintop mining on terrestrial ecosystem integrity: identifying landscape thresholds for avian species in the central Appalachians, United States. Landscape Ecology 30:339-356.

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 101

Masters Students: 232

Phd Students: 160

Post Docs: 58

University Staff: 268

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 677

Scientific Publications: 1887

Presentations: 4313



Funding Agencies

  • Environmental Protection Agency


Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey