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Ecosystem Science and Management

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

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Jeff Beck, Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management

Research interests: Basic and applied aspects of restoration ecology to restore the functionality of and mitigate impacts to forest and rangeland wildlife habitats following disturbance.

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Kristina Hufford, Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management

Research interests: Spatial and temporal patterns of selection in plant populations using techniques in field ecology, molecular genetics and bioinformatics, adaptation of plant populations to local environments, and the implications of local adaptation for the restoration of native plant communities.

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Scott Miller, Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management

Research interests: Measurement and modeling of watershed-to-landscape scale processes, use of GIS in process-based spatially distributed hydrologic modeling, fluvial geomorphology, development of landscape metrics for land cover change and habitat evaluation, Spatial Analysis of Watershed and Landscape Systems Group.

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Melanie Murphy, Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management

Research interests: Ecosystem biodiversity, ecological and anthropogenic processes and how they constrain species distributions, functional connectivity and how it limits population persistence, landscape change and impact of alternative future landscape conditions on ecosystem sustainability.

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Ginger Paige, Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management

Research interests: Watershed and rangeland hydrology, measurement and modeling hydrologic processes, watershed and landuse management decision tools, effects of fire on rangeland hydrologic and erosion processes, characterization of soil hydraulic properties, soil moisture measurement, ecological site characterization and monitoring.

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Derek Scasta, Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management

Research interests: Interactions and impacts of herbivores on rangeland ecosystems and relationships of ecological condition and forage production for domestic livestock, wildlife habitat attributes, insects and invasive plant species

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Thijs Kelleners, Soil Science

Research interests: Water flow, heat transport, and solute transport in the soil, linkages with the atmosphere, the surrounding terrain, and the deeper sub-surface (e.g. the groundwater), modeling the soil-water-plant-atmosphere system, both at the field scale and at the catchment scale.

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Mike Zhu, Soil Science

Research interests: Cycling of P and S in the environment, microbially-mediated contaminant transformation, mineral-water interfacial reactions, formation and structure of environmental nanomaterials, remediation of contaminated soils, sediments and water

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Tim Collier, Entomology

Research interests: Plant nutrients and host selection in plant-feeding insects, including weed biological control agents, integrating biological control and herbicides for suppression of Dalmatian toadflax and Canada thistle, nutritional ecology of parasitoid wasps.

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Scott Schell, Entomology

Research interests: Rangeland grasshopper ecology and management, black grass bug ecology and management, stable isotopes to determine mosquito source habitat, development of Reduced Area Agent Treatments strategies for the control of grasshopper outbreaks.

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Scott Shaw, Entomology

Research interests: Biodiversity and classification of insects, especially with respect to parasitoid wasps and aquatic insects

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Ecosystem Science and Management

Agriculture Building 2013

Department #3354

1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-2263


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