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University of Nebraska Public Policy Center

Dirac Twidwell Jr. – Faculty Fellow

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Dr. Dirac Twidwell, Jr. is an associate professor in  UNL’s Department of Agronomy and Horticulture. Dr. Twidwell’s research program emphasizes cross-disciplinary collaborations to determine how novel changes in disturbance regimes and land-use change the resilience and transformability of social-ecological systems. His research demonstrates that many undesirable sources of novelty in social-ecological systems, such as increasing wildfire disasters and broad-scale plant invasions, are the result of modern-day human decision-making and land management. Dr. Twidwell is currently developing projects to clarify the impacts of novelty on a diverse suite of ecosystem services – such as the conservation of endemic biodiversity and rare species, energy exploitation of terrestrial ecosystems, livestock production and the capacity to protect human life from wildfire disasters.