Areas of expertise
What do we research?
...on the ground
...in the lab
...from the air
Our collective expertise in a variety of disciplines offers this century’s scientists and stewards a comprehensive picture of the foundational resources that support life on earth.
Our field of vision peers through microscopic lenses, surveys the bird’s-eye view and envisions a stewardship future for forests and rangelands worldwide.
We ask scientific questions that integrate community needs into research applications for forests and rangelands.
Our results show what’s happening on the ground, leading to progressive change. Within specific areas of expertise, our faculty are currently exploring many of the following topics.
Informing tough choices
Land managers have challenging decisions to make. Our collaborative research is tried and tested, and continually offers local leaders with the latest body of knowledge they need about forests and rangelands.
- Environmental controls on conifer regeneration at multiple scales
- Assessing the evolution and adaptation of multi-stakeholder collaborative governance in national forest management
- Individual and collaborative decision-making on rangelands
- Identifying potential management options to overcome constraints on upward tree migration in the Southern Rocky Mountains
- Operations research, statistics and systems dynamic models to support strategic wildfire management
- Examining factors affecting inter-organizational cooperation for cross-boundary wildfire risk management
- Remote sensing forest structure
- Characterizing controls of forest growth
- Developing a decision tool to support USFS National Forest planning
- Helping livestock producers and their cattle live with poisonous plants
How it works
We study the delicate patterns and relationships that exist in forests and rangelands. Our conclusions add greater understanding for how individual elements interact to balance ecosystem services forests and rangelands offer.
- Basic ecology of Gambel oak woodlands
- Effects of changing climate on seed production and population viability of mast-seeding conifers
- Biodiversity of insect pollinators in forests and rangelands
- Chasing Tree Die-off: Testing Near-term Ecological Forecasting Throughout Emerging Extreme Drought
- Traditional and local ecological knowledge of pastoralists
- Insect vectors of forest pathogens
- Biology and ecology of bark beetles
- Forest vulnerability to disturbances and climate change
- Stomping out invasive, exotic iris from wetlands
- How wolf reintroduction affects vegetation in Yellowstone National Park
- The effect of climate change and land use on the sustainability of alpine peatlands in the Andes Mountains
- Effects of Spruce Beetle (Dendroctonus rufipennis) Outbreaks and wildfires on Rocky Mountain Spruce-Fir Ecosystems
We discover how to restore essential ecological processes to damaged forest and rangeland ecosystems. We monitor resource use and unearth new ways to make affected spaces healthy and resilient again.
- Forest stand dynamics following fuel hazard reduction and restoration treatments
- Best practices for revegetation of salt desert ecosystems of western Colorado
- Manipulating soil mycorrhizae networks to restore native plant communities
- Restoration of native rangelands by targeting cheatgrass seedlings
- Restoration of historic livestock impacts in Yosemite National Park
We study the ecological benefits of fire in forests and rangelands historically shaped by this natural phenomenon. We also pioneer technology that provides better information for severe wildfire prevention and preparedness nationwide.
Policy and Economics
Influencing sound decisions
We seek to understand the social forces at work for effective and influential policy and governance of public and private forests and rangelands.