Research and Publications

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National Seed Strategy: Making progress

View progress report. This document highlights work being done to address each goal of the Seed Strategy, followed by ecoregional projects that illustrate the extent of collaborations that are underway to lay […]

The wildfire within: Gender, leadership and wildland fire culture

View article. This article examines findings from a 2016 study on gender and leadership within the British Columbia Wildfire Service (BCWS), Canada. The study utilized action research to facilitate an in-depth conversation […]

Secondary invasions of noxious weeds associated with control of invasive Tamarix are frequent, idiosyncratic and persistent

View article. In a collaborative study, we monitored plant species composition following control of non-native Tamarix trees along southwestern U.S. rivers using defoliation by an introduced biocontrol beetle, and three physical removal […]

Climate change and future wildfire in the western US: An ecological approach to nonstationarity

View paper. Most people, including many familiar with fire ecology and future climate, assume that the area burned by wildfire will increase in a warmer climate. This depends a lot on what […]

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Wildland-urban interface (WUI) growth in the U.S.

View research brief. We have been studying the WUI in the U.S. for more than 10 years, looking at where WUI areas were once located, where they are now, and where we […]

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The impacts of increasing drought on forest dynamics, structure, and biodiversity in the United States

View report. This report synthesized insights from current understanding of drought impacts at stand-to-biogeographic scales, including management options, and we identify challenges to be addressed with new research. Large stand-level shifts underway […]

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Riparian research and management: Past, present, future – Volume 1

View report. Fifty years ago, riparian habitats were not recognized for their extensive and critical contributions to wildlife and the ecosystem function of watersheds. This changed as riparian values were identified and […]

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Evaluating efficacy of fence markers in reducing greater sage-grouse collisions with fencing

View article. This study found substantial evidence for the ability of all markers to reduce collisions (~ 57% reduction), with little difference between the tested marker types. It found strong evidence for […]

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A proposed mechanism for high pathogen-caused mortality in the seed bank of an invasive annual grass

View paper. Pyrenophora semeniperda can infect nondormant Bromus tectorum seeds under optimal germination conditions, but most escape mortality. This reduces pathogen fitness relative to infection of dormant seeds, which are almost always […]

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Contrasting climate niches among co-occurring subdominant forbs of the sagebrush steppe

View article. This study identified contrasting climate niches for ten Great Basin understorey forbs, including differences in both mean values and climate variability. These estimates can guide species selection for restoration by […]