Conferences, seminars and workshops

Conferences (updates coming soon)

Spring 2018 Seminar Presentations

Dr. Troy Ocheltree

Assistant Professor, Forest and Rangeland Stewardship

May 3, 2018

From Plant Cell to Continental Distributions: Understanding Plant Drought Survival at Multiple Scales

Locally, drought is a common occurrence that shapes the structure and function of ecosystems in Colorado and much of the western U.S. Dr. Ocheltree presents a framework for identifying the mechanisms of survival in perennial herbaceous plants and show results from research in my lab, where we have been working to address gaps in our understanding of plant survival during drought.

Bill Zeedyk

Ecologist and Author

April 26, 2018

Restoring Incised Meadows--- Evolving Methods That Work

Bill Zeedyk discusses how natural stream function can be restored by reestablishing meander patterns, surface and subsurface flows appropriate to the landform, reconnecting stream channels with their floodplains and reestablishing sheet flow across high elevation slope wetland surfaces.

Dr. David Merritt

Riparian Plant Ecologist, U.S. Forest Service

April 19, 2018

Water Scarcity and River Futures: Case Studies and Tools for Determining How Much Water a River Requires to Be a River

Human population growth in the arid western US continues to intensify the demand to develop new sources of fresh water. Dr. David Merritt provides examples of some of the classic and more recently developed methods for evaluating the consequences of present and possible future flow regimes on riparian ecosystems in the arid western U.S.

Dr. Ursula Quillmann

Instructor, Forest and Rangeland Stewardship

April 12, 2018

Spring 2017 Semester at Sea Voyage: Witnessing Firsthand Global Ecological Challenges in Coastal and Marine Environments

Ursula Quillmann has extensive experience inspiring undergraduate students through teaching. She expanded her abilities for experiential learning during her time as a Global Teaching Scholar on the Spring 2017 Semester at Sea voyage. She describes the lessons she learned, as well as new methods for teaching scientific concepts while on location around the world.

Dr. Patricia Champ

Economist, Human Dimensions Program, USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station

April 5, 2018

Bridging the Research-Practice Divide to Create Fire Adapted Communities

While wildfire is a natural phenomenon, learning to live with wildfire is a social issue. In this seminar, Patty Champ will describe the efforts of a unique research-practice team called WiRē (Wildfire Research). WiRē is working on social solutions that facilitate community adaptation to wildfire risk.

Dr. Nathan Sayre

Professor and Chair of Geography, University of California-Berkeley

March 29, 2018

The Politics of Scale: A History of Rangeland Science

The Politics of Scale tells the history of scientific efforts to understand and manage rangelands—the grasslands, shrublands, savannas, tundra, steppe and deserts that comprise some two-fifths of Earth’s land surface. Across the West today, community-based conservation initiatives suggest the promise of more collaborative, multi-scaled approaches to managing rangelands.

Dr. Chantsaa Jamsranjav

Post-Doctoral Researcher, Forest and Rangeland Stewardship

March 22, 2018

Herders’ Indicators Predict Ecological Conditions Along Livestock Use Gradients in Three Mongolian Ecological Zones

Given the growing research on traditional ecological knowledge and its use in resource management, there is a need to understand the relationship between indicators to assess resource condition used by researchers and those used by local herders. This research shows a strong and positive relationship between the herders’ ratings of rangeland conditions, the indicators they use in making their ratings, and the conditions of the zones measured in this new ecological study.

Dr. Kirk Emerson

Professor, School of Government and Public Policy, University of Arizona

March 8, 2018

From Environmental Conflict Resolution to Collaborative Governance: Trajectories for Practice and Research

Dr. Emerson will highlight key themes from practice, research and theory development in environmental conflict resolution and collaborative governance. Drawing on examples from public lands and natural resource management, she will discuss progress in the practice of environmental collaboration and conflict resolution and new research findings of note.

Dr. Seth Davis

Assistant Professor, Forest and Rangeland Stewardship

March 1, 2018

Spruce Beetle in Colorado: Patterns and Discoveries

Dr. Seth Davis addresses factors influencing performance of spruce beetle across all three scales, focusing on interactions with symbiotic microorganisms, host tree susceptibility and defenses across the southern Rocky Mountain region, and the roles of climate as drivers of outbreaks.

Dr. David Augustine

Research Ecologist, USDA Agricultural Research Service

February 22, 2018

Collaborative adaptive management to sustain multiple ecosystem services in rangelands of the western Great Plains

The Collaborative Adaptive Rangeland Management (CARM) experiment implemented in eastern Colorado is a collaboration of 11 stakeholders who make decisions about livestock grazing and vegetation management. They use a structured CARM process based on jointly developed objectives for beef production, vegetation, and wildlife conservation.

Jacob Muller

Ph.D. Candidate, University of Minnesota

February 8, 2018

Seedling Response to Adaptive Silviculture Treatments Aimed at Climate Change
in Northern Minnesota

The first of five Adaptive Silviculture for Climate Change (ASCC) installations is located on the Chippewa National Forest in northern Minnesota. This presentation will highlight the variability of microclimates across the treatments and associated canopy structures, the treatment conditions influencing seedling growth and survival, and the initial performance of future climate-adapted species in northern Minnesota forests.

Dr. Linda Nagel

Professor and Department Head, Forest and Rangeland Stewardship

February 8, 2018

Introduction to the Adaptive Silviculture for Climate Change Network

Adaptive Silviculture for Climate Change (ASCC) is a collaborative effort to establish a series of experimental silvicultural trials across a network of different forest ecosystem types throughout the United States. Scientists, land managers, and partners are developing trial sites as part of a multi-region study researching long-term ecosystem responses to a range of climate change adaptation actions.

Katie Fialko

M.S. Candidate, Forest and Rangeland Stewardship

February 1, 2018

Conifer Regeneration and Fuels Treatment Longevity in Dry Mixed-Conifer Forests
of the Colorado Front Range

Colorado wildfires have been increasing in size and severity, and to mitigate negative consequences, fuels reduction treatments are being applied to Front Range dry-mixed conifer forests. Katie Fialko’s research study will help inform forest managers responsible for scheduling maintenance of fuels treatments.

Alex Masarie

Ph.D. Candidate, Forest Sciences, Forest and Rangeland Stewardship

February 1, 2018

Identifying Suppression Risk Factors from Firefighting Data

Perhaps you’ve heard of fighting fire with fire, but what about with math? Alex Masarie’s research applies state-of-the-art math models with an aim to streamline wildfire management. Expect to see a novel math method in action on a multi-fire problem, applicable for many fire seasons to come.

Dr. Tony Cheng

Director, Colorado Forest Restoration Institute

Professor, Forest and Rangeland Stewardship Department

January 25, 2018

Collaborative Adaptive Management for Forest Landscape Resilience: Putting Principles into Practice

The Colorado Forest Restoration Institute (CFRI) acts as a boundary-spanning, bridging organization within a collaborative, adaptive management and governance framework for forest landscape resilience. CFRI is representative of a broader directional change in the modern Land Grant university by facilitating the coproduction and application of locally-relevant knowledge to sustain the resilience of forests and natural resources.

Other Presentations

Graduate Defense

Curtis Prolic defended his master’s thesis on Engelmann Spruce Regeneration in Fall 2017.

Regional Success

Check out this presentation on the successes of New Mexico’s Collaborative Forest Restoration Program (CFRP). The Colorado Forest Restoration Institute is facilitating similar efforts in Colorado that use forest restoration activities to build local capacity to protect both wildland urban interface communities and critical watersheds.

Workshops (updates coming soon)