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Graduate Education|Ecosystem Science and Management

Ecosystem Science and Management Faculty and Research

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Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management

Soil Science

Entomology

Reclamation and Restoration Ecology

Jeff Beck, Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management

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.


Craig Cook, Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management

Craig Cook, Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management

Research interests: Isotope ratio mass spectrometry, including method development, quality control and quality assurance, and teaching.


Ann Hild, Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management

Ann Hild, Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management

Research interests: Revegetation of wildland disturbances such as mined lands and on areas impacted by exotic invasions and wildfire, improvement of productivity and revegetation effectiveness to enhance wildlife habitat and understand the mechanisms that contribute to and limit exotic invasions.


Kristina Hufford, Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management

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.


Rachel Mealor, Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management

Rachel Mealor, Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management

Position: Extension Educator Extension Range Specialist


Scott Miller, Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management

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.


Melanie Murphy, Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management

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.


Ginger Paige, Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management

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.


K.J. Reddy, Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management

K.J. Reddy, Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management

Research interests: Environmental chemistry watershed land use activities (e.g., energy industry and ag production), sustainability of natural resources (e.g., air quality and water quality).


Dan Rodgers, Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management

Dan Rodgers, Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management

Research interests: Rangeland plant identification, poisonous plants and toxins, and ecological applications for wildland management


Mike Smith, Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management

Mike Smith, Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management

Research interests: Water quality, livestock and vegetation management in sagebrush ecosystems.


John Tanaka, Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management

John Tanaka, Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management

Research interests: Rangeland sustainability, including ecological functioning of rangelands, economic values and decision-making, rangeland-dependent communities and families, Sustainable Rangelands Roundtable.


Tom Thurow, Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management

Tom Thurow, Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management

Research interests: Forest management, wildland watershed management, ecological applications for wildland management, restoration ecology.


Jim Waggoner, Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management

Jim Waggoner, Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management

Research interests: Nutrition and management problems and questions concerning livestock operations, feeding and management program development with 4-H, information dissemination.


Dave Williams, Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management

Dave Williams, Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management

Research interests: Plant-environment interactions in terrestrial environments of the world with particular focus on savannas, grasslands and deserts, potential responses of water-limited ecosystems to changes in climate, atmospheric chemistry and vegetation composition.


Thijs Kelleners, Soil Science

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.


Larry Munn, Soil Science

Larry Munn, Soil Science

Research interests: Soil genesis, morphology and classification, soil- native plant community relationships, mineland reclamation, coal bed methane development effects on soils and landscapes.


Jay Norton, Soil Science

Jay Norton, Soil Science

Research interests: Nutrient cycling in natural, disturbed, and agricultural settings from the perspective of landscape and soil organic matter dynamics, interactions among landscapes, plant communities, and land use affect resiliency and degradation-recovery processes as applied to on-the-ground ecological restoration and sustainable management.


Pete Stahl, Soil Science

Pete Stahl, Soil Science

Research interests: Spatial and temporal variability of soil microbial communities, response and recovery of soil microbial communities and their ecosystem functions to various forms of disturbance, influence of land management practices on soil microbial community structure and function, nutrient cycling.


Steve Williams, Soil Science

Steve Williams, Soil Science

Research interests: Symbiotic associations between plants and soil microorganisms including applications in mineland reclamation, wildland ecology and intensive agriculture, interactions and biocycling of metals by soil biota, below ground parameters that impact revegetation and restoration of disturbed lands, climate change impacts on soils and soil biota at high elevations.


Tim Collier, Entomology

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.


Alex Latchininsky, Entomology

Alex Latchininsky, Entomology

Research interests: Biology and ecology of main arthropod pests of Wyoming, including rangeland, horticultural, forest, urban, and crop pests, methods of integrated pest management (IPM) in Western High Plains, remote sensing and geographic information sciences (GIS) applications in insect ecology and pest management, and more.


David Legg, Entomology

David Legg, Entomology

Research interests: Quantitative and systems-level skills in entomology, soil science, reclamation, and water quality, development and use of various sampling and population models.


Scott Schell, Entomology

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.


Scott Shaw, Entomology

Scott Shaw, Entomology

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


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