Dr. Matthew G. Betts is a Professor in the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society at Oregon State University. Matt studies the ways that landscape composition and pattern influence animal behavior, species distributions, and ecosystem function. As humans are one of the primary drivers of landscape characteristics globally, much of Matt‘s work is applied and focused on management and conservation; however, understanding mechanisms is key to generalization, so a central part of his research links landscape ecology to behavioral ecology, physiology, and molecular ecology. The complexity of ecological systems requires powerful tools that extend beyond ecology into other disciplines—particularly mathematics and computer science; thus, Matt and his research team engage actively in interdisciplinary collaborations. Matt received his PhD in Forestry and Environmental Management from the University of New Brunswick. Matt served as a member of SESYNC’s External Advisory Board.