Daniel Brown is a professor for the School of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of Michigan. He enjoys teaching on conceptual and practical aspects of geographic information system (GIS), spatial analysis and modeling applied to ecological and environmental questions, especially landscape ecology. His current research focuses on land use change and its effects on ecosystems and on human vulnerability. This work connects a computer-based simulation (e.g., agent-based modeling) of land-use-change processes with GIS and remote sensing based data on historical patterns of landscape change and social surveys. He is working to couple these models with GIS-based data and other models to evaluate consequences of change and to understand the ways in which land-use decisions are made. Professor Brown is a valued advisor on various IFRI projects.