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Current Research Projects

Wyoming Reclamation and Restoration Center

Revegetation, Soil Management, Weed Control, Wildlife Habitat, Air Quality, Water Quality

Impacts of Gasfield Soil Management practices on soil properties and plant establishment. Jay Norton, Calvin Strom, Gary Austin, Ralph Swift, Pete Guernsey, PIs. Calley Hudlow, M.S student, graduated. Funded by Encana, QEP, and BP. Completed Fall, 2012.
Improving sagebrush reclamation technologies in bentonite minelands of the Bighorn Basin, Pete Stahl & Lyle King, PIs. Zack Liesenfeld, M.S. Student. Funded by BLM. Completed in Fall 2012
Improving forb reclamation technologies in Bentonite minelands of the Bighorn Basin. Pete Stahl and Lyle King, PIs. Dylan Bergman, M.S. Student. Project initiated summer, 2012.
Reclaiming Halogeton invasions of salt-desert shrublands in the Wyoming Basin, Ann Hild, PI. Funded by WRRC and USDA. Megan Taylor, M.S. Student. Completed Summer, 2012.
Energy development and wildlife habitat database organization, Pete Stahl, John Tanaka, PIs. Hillary Jones, M.S. Student, defending in October. Data from BLM Field Office, Buffalo, WY, Funded by WY Game& Fish and WRRC. Completed Fall, 2012.
Economics of native seed production for reclamation and restoration activities, Roger Coupal, Kristiana Hansen & Kristina Hufford, PIs. Betsy Mock, M.S. Student Funded by WRRC.
Identification of elk disturbance risk and driving mechanisms in a natural gas development field, Jeff Beck, PI. Clay Buchanan, PhD. Student. Conducted in the Fortification Creek area. Funded by Anadarko Petroleum, Petrol-Canada, Pennaco/Marathon, SER and WRRC. In Progress.
Innovative remediation strategies for radium in soil, Lisa Cox (M.S. Student, graduated summer 2012) and Pete Stahl, PIs. Conducted in central Wyoming. Funded by WMA and UWSER. Completed Summer, 2012.
Best Management Practices for Reclamation of Natural Gas Well Pads in South Central Wyoming (Database Project).  Gary Austin, Steve Paulsen and Pete Stahl, PIs. Michael Curran and Benjamin Wolff, M.S. Students Funded by BP and WRRC. In Progress, Fall, 2012.
Coalbed Natural Gas Co-produced Water Impacts on Soils, George Vance, PI, Kyle Lilly, M.S. student, Completed Summer 2012.
Constructing a GIS based pollutant emission inventory. Dr. Robert Field, PI.  Funded by UW School of Energy Resources and WRRC. In Progress, Fall, 2012.
Supplemental Irrigation on Jonah Field Wellpads. Ralph Swift, Calvin Strom, and Pete Stahl, PIs.  Funded by Encana and WRRC. Completed Fall, 2012. No students involved.
Municipal Waste Compost as a soil amendment to alleviate soil crusting and salinity. Gary Austin, Calvin Strom, David Marshall, and Pete Stahl, PIs. Jennifer Faulkner, M.S. student, Completed Fall, 2012. Funded by BP, KC Harvey, Terra Firma Organics and WRRC.
Use of sterile triticale to immobilize N and prevent weed invasion. Gary Austin, Calvin Strom, David Marshall, Pete Stahl, PIs. Funded by BP, KC Harvey and WRRC. No students involved. In Progress.
Quantifying sagebrush structure on ecological sites in the Upper Green River Basin. Ginger Paige, Matt Holloran, Ann Hild, PIs. Funded by T. Thorne Sage Grouse Conservation Fund. In Progress.
Carbon rich soil amendments for ecological restoration of drastically disturbed rangeland sites. Jay Norton, Pete Stahl, Matt Anderson, PIs. Jen Faulkner  (M.S. Student). Funded by UW Ag. Exp. Stat., Encana, QEP, Terra Firma. Completed Fall, 2012.
Potential of forage kochia to reclaim steep topographic areas and areas of low reclamation potential used by gas industries. Anowar Islam, Blair Waldron, and Pete Stahl. Matthew Jolivet, M.S. Student. Funded by GA Program WRRC. Initiated Fall, 2011; In Progress.
Seeds of Success Native Plants and Germination Research. PI: Kristina Hufford. Funded by BLM. In Progress.
What potential reclamation and enhancement sites have the most potential benefit to Sage Grouse? Melanie Murphy. PI; Beth Fitzpatrick, PhD Student.. Funded by WRRC. Initiated Spring, 2012; In Progress.
Improving marginal habitat restoration in western rangelands: ecological genetic and landscape approaches to Mountain Mahogany shrubland reclamation. Kristina Hufford and Peter Stahl. Funded by the University of Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station. Initiated Spring, 2013: In Progress.
Phytoremediation and Bioremediation of Selenium Contaminated Soil at the Smith Ranch/Highland Operation. P.D. Stahl, PI. Rachana Giri, M.S. Student. Funded by Cameco Resources. Research Initiated Fall, 2012; In Progress.
Cheatgrass Distribution in Wyoming: Management Prioritization. Brian Mealor, PI. Cara Noseworthy, M.S. Student. Funded by Wyoming Weed and Pest, WRRC. Initiated Fall, 2012: In Progress.
Testing the Relative Contribution of Genetic Diversity and Local Adaptation to Restoration Seedling Success. PI: Kristina Hufford. Funded by BLM. In progress.
Microcosm Study to examine potential for bioremediation of in-situ uranium wellfield aquifers. Kevin Chamberlain, John D. Willford, Peter Stahl, David Williams, Craig Cook, PIs. Funded by Cameco Resources. Research Initiated Summer, 2012; In Progress
Amending Soils for Successful Reclamation: Effects of Gypsum, Compost, Cover Crops and Other Amendments on Soil Physical and Biotic Properties. J.B. Norton, T. Kelleners, P.D. Stahl, C. Strom, S. Day. Funded by the School of Energy Resources and the WRRC. Initiated Fall 2012; In Progress.
Effect of Commercial Seed Introductions on the Genetic Composition of Native Plant Populations at Resource Extraction Sites in Wyoming. PIs: K. Hufford and P.D. Stahl. Funded by BLM and WRRC. In Progress.
Response of Greater Sage-Grouse to Treatments in Wyoming Sagebrush. J.L. Beck, K. T. Smith. Funded by Local Sage Grouse Working Groups and WRRC. In Progress.
Successful Reclamation in Steep Topographic areas and areas considered to have low reclamation potential. PI Scott N. Miller, S. Chitrakar. Funded by BLM and WRRC. Initiated Summer 2013.
Using Differential Germination Requirements to prevent Cheatgrass Infestations in Reclamation. PI: B. Mealor. Funded by WRRC. Initiated 2013.
Microcapillary Barriers and Local-Source Seed for Improved Reestablishment of High Desert Plant Communities on Drastically Disturbed Rangelands. PIs: J.B. Norton, M. D. Ankeny, K. Hufford, and A. Pilmanis. Funded by WRRC. Initiated Summer 2013.

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