My research targets revegetation of wildland disturbances such as mined lands and on areas impacted by exotic invasions and wildfire. My students have conducted research on Threatened and Endangered plant species, wildlife habitat in shrubland systems, and native species response to exotic invasive plant species. I work within grassland and shrubland ecosystems of the Intermountain West to improve productivity and revegetation effectiveness, enhance wildlife habitat and understand the mechanisms that contribute to and limit exotic invasions. To get an idea of the kinds of projects that my students have completed, visit my website.
I teach graduate and undergraduate courses in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management. Range Resource Management (REWM 5000) is a course for graduate students in any area of natural resources who want to strengthen or develop background in grassland ecology, grazing systems, vegetative community dynamics under herbivory, and assessment of range condition. Shrubland Ecology (RNEW 5540) discusses research and management issues unique to shrubland systems. I also offer a companion Shrub Ecology Field Trip (RNEW 5545) that provides hands-on exposure to shrubland systems and management issues while visiting shrub communities in the southwest (Texas, New Mexico & Arizona) or the Great Basin and Colorado Plateau (Colorado and Utah).
My undergraduate capstone course for Rangeland Ecology and Management majors, Rangeland Management Planning (REWM 4900), helps students to integrate their ecological understanding of rangelands with public land policy (such as NEPA and ESA) and develop skills in the human dimensions of natural resource management. Undergraduates interested in research are also welcome in the Shrubland Ecology course.
I continually recruit applicants for graduate and undergraduate research opportunities. If you are interested in research, visit my website for more information. Potential graduate students should look for a list of "Questions for potential graduate students" to answer and send to me along with their transcripts. You are welcome to express interest in research by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.