David Warton (University of New South Wales) interviews Marie-Josee Fortin (University of Toronto) about a recent article on state-and-transition models from her group in Methods in Ecology and Evolution. David and Marie-Josee also discuss what motivated her career to date in spatial ecology, and what she sees as the main advances in this area and current challenges in the field.

The article that is discussed in this interview – State-and-transition simulation models: a framework for forecasting landscape change – is Open Access and was published on Saturday 16 July 2016.