Stephanie Tomscha

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Postdoctoral Research Fellow School of Biological Sciences

Research Interests

Humans rely on the natural world to provide a wide range of benefits including clean water, food, fibre, as well as less tangible benefits such as recreation and spiritual well-being. I work towards understanding and enhancing the relationships between humans and nature using geospatial data including biophysical and participatory maps. I am particularly interested in how we can restore wetlands and floodplains to promote equitable access to clean water, recreation, and traditional food sources. Some datasets and approaches I use include aerial photography, historical maps, participatory mapping, household surveys, and ecosystem service models including the Land Use Capability Indicator model (LUCI). I have worked in floodplain, tropical, and wetland ecosystems.

I lead a collaborative project Wetlands for People and Place, which aims to create more effective wetland restoration strategies. Our approach accounts for the diverse values of New Zealanders and their connections to nature, as well as considers of the spatially-explicit equity implications of different restoration approaches.


Hanna, DEL, Tomscha, SA, Ouellet Dallaire, C, & Bennett, EM (2017). A review of riverine ecosystem service quantification: research gaps and recommendations. Journal of Applied Ecology.

Morgan, JL, Gergel, S, Ankerson, C, Tomscha, SA, & Sutherland, IJ (2017). Historical Aerial Photography for Landscape Analysis. In Learning Landscape Ecology.

Sunderland, T, Abdoulaye, R, Ahammad, R, Asaha, S, Baudron, F, Deakin, E, Duriaux, JY, Eddy, IMS, Foli, S, Gumbo, D, Khatun, K, Kondwan, M, Kshatriy, M, Leonald, L, Rowland, D, Stacey, N, Tomscha, S, Yang, K, & Van Vianen, J (2017). A methodological approach for assessing cross-site landscape change: Understanding socio-ecological systems. Forest Policy and Economics, 84, 83-91. doi:10.1016/j.forpol.2017.04.013

Tomscha, SA, Gergel, SE, & Tomlinson, MJ (2017). The spatial organization of ecosystem services in river-floodplains. Ecosphere, 8(3), 18 pages. doi:10.1002/ecs2.1728

Sutherland, IJ, Villamagna, AM, Dallaire, CO, Bennett, EM, Chin, ATM, Yeung, ACY, Lamothe, KA, Tomscha, SA, Cormier, R (2017). Undervalued and under pressure: A plea for greater attention toward regulating ecosystem services. Ecological Indicators. doi:10.1016/j.ecolind.2017.06.047

Tomscha, SA, Sutherland, IJ, Renard, D, Gergel, SE, Rhemtulla, JM, Bennett, EM, Lori D. Daniels, LD, Eddy, IMS, Clark, EE (2016). A guide to historical data sets for reconstructing ecosystem service change over time. BioScience, 66(9), 747-762. doi:10.1093/biosci/biw086

Tomscha, SA, & Gergel, SE (2016). Ecosystem service trade-offs and synergies misunderstood without landscape history. Ecology and Society, 21(1). doi:10.5751/ES-08345-210143

Tomscha, S. A., & Gergel, S. E. (2015). Historic land surveys present opportunities for reconstructing frontier settlement patterns in North America. Landscape Ecology, 30(2), 203-213. doi:10.1007/s10980-014-0124-x

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