The scientists from the Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center capitalize on their diverse
expertise to answer critically important scientific questions shaped by the equally diverse environments
of the western United States. FRESC scientists collaborate with each other and with partners to provide
rigorous, objective, and timely information and guidance for the management and
conservation of biological systems in the West and worldwide.
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Conservation of Native Pacific Trout Diversity in Western North America
Pacific trout in western North America are valued ecologically and culturally, yet recent declines in some trout populations reflect the challenges of balancing current...
Predatory Trout Affect Larval Long-Toed Salamander Growth and Development
Predators can influence prey directly by eating them or indirectly through nonconsumptive effects, altering prey behavior, morphology, and life history. Montana State...
New Study: Monitoring of Lands Affected by the Soda Fire
The 2015 Soda Fire, that burned nearly 400 square miles in southwest Idaho and southeast Oregon, affected important sagebrush-steppe habitat for many species of native...
A Decision Support Model for River Restoration Planning in the Methow River
Several Columbia River Basin populations of salmon and steelhead are listed under the Federal Endangered Species Act, prompting a variety of salmon recovery measures. In...
Pre-Construction Assessment: Bird and Bat Risk from Wind Energy Development
Bird and bat fatalities from wind energy development can be particularly damaging to populations of rare and low-density species, or species facing multiple threats, and...
Evaluating How Different Sagebrush Seedlings Respond to Weather
To restore sagebrush ecosystems after fire, resource managers can use sagebrush seeds taken from considerable distances and planted at restoration sites, affecting...
examines research topics centered on wildlife ecology and conservation biology in natural and human-altered landscapes. David and his staff conduct research and provide technical assistance on demanding conservation issues such as evaluating status, trends, and threats to species of conservation concern, improving methods for implementing and monitoring habitat restoration, and developing novel approaches for monitoring changes in populations, communities, and habitats.
Research About Fire, Fuel Treatments, and Restoration Ecology
in David's lab involves conducting studies to quantify and predict the ecological effects of fuel manipulations and post-fire seeding. Land managers have invested considerable funding to decrease fuel loads and restore forests and rangelands, yet little information is available about how restoration activities have influenced wildlife and habitats. At FRESC, researchers combine field sampling, experimental manipulations, remote sensing, and modeling to help managers and scientists predict fire risk and assess effects of management activities on fuel loads and native species.