Gordon Bradley's teaching and research interests include environmental policy, planning, urban ecology and urban forest landscapes. Specific courses concern forest land use planning, environmental impact assessment, urban forest issues, conservation area planning, and urban ecology.
His research and consulting clients include public agencies at the federal, state and local level and numerous private natural resource management companies. The focus of his research is on human response to land use change along the urban to wildland gradient, and the relationship between forestlands and the built environment. Extensive research and consulting also revolves around forest practices in visually sensitive areas. An ongoing study on Capital State Forest involves the visual preferences of various interest groups to different harvest patterns.
Dr. Bradley edited Land Use and Forest Resources in a Changing Environment: The Urban Forest Interface (1984, University of Washington Press), and Urban Forest Landscapes (1995, University of Washington Press). He currently serves on the Board of Editors for Urban Ecosystems. Dr. Bradley serves on several state and local advisory panels, and served two terms on the National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council, a 15 member panel appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture.