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