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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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...
Nitrogen-Rich Forests Feed on Atmospheric Calcium
Excess nitrogen in soil from biological fixation, atmospheric deposition, and direct fertilization negatively affects terrestrial ecosystems. Leaching of excess nitrogen...
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...
New Study: Distribution of Mesocarnivores in Klamath Network Parks
Information on the distribution of wildlife can help guide National Park managers minimize human-related impacts on species of concern. Park units within the Klamath...
Examining How Reservoirs Affect Fish Mercury Concentrations
Reservoirs are ubiquitous in western North America, and reservoir water management operations can influence contaminant dynamics and bioaccumulation. As part of the...
Nutrient Ratios Help Predict Ecosystem Resilience After Disturbance
Ecosystem disturbances, such as wildfire or flooding, can result in complex biogeochemical responses that can influence the pattern and pace of ecosystem recovery. To...
is a fire ecologist who leads research to understand how fire and other disturbances affect ecosystems across broad spatial and temporal scales. Doug and his staff study the historical role of disturbances in shaping ecosystem structure, diversity and resiliency; how plant communities change over time; and the role of disturbance in ecosystem management and conservation. To accomplish research across broad landscapes, Doug uses a variety of tools, including field sampling techniques, GIS, and landscape simulation modeling.
Studying and Quantifying Disturbance Dynamics in Natural Communities
often reveals complex relationships between climate, vegetation, topography, and land use, as well as with other disturbance agents, such as insects and wind. To better understand these relationships, we are investigating disturbance regimes (especially fire), successional processes, and vegetation patterns across large landscapes and different ecosystems of the Intermountain West. We use this information to project future ecological change and disturbance dynamics under alternative land-use and climate change scenarios, to help guide management and restoration.