Research and Publications

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Rethinking the restoration of resilience for ecosystems outside their historical range of variation

View research brief. Resilience goals should be updated to better apply to 21st century ecosystems. They propose a concept of scaled resilience, which incorporates scales of time, space, and biological level of...

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Managing for resilience during climate change

View research brief. Making lands resilient to climate change has become a legal mandate for US Forest Service land planners (2012 USFS Planning Rule). However, interpreting and applying the directive is challenging...

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Linking diverse terminology to vegetation type-conversion

View research brief. Ecosystems worldwide are facing complex interacting stressors that are leading to rapid and potentially irreversible change. Many of these changes involve vegetation type-conversion in various stages and forms. A...

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Compounded heat and fire risk for future U.S. populations

View article. Climate change is increasing the risk of extreme events, resulting in social and economic challenges. I examined recent past (1971–2000), current and near future (2010-2039), and future (2040-2069) fire and...

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Patterns and trends in wildfire activity in the US from 1984-2015

View article. This study shows that simultaneous wildfire is at least as correlated with preparedness levels as other burned area measures and identify changes in simultaneous wildfire occurrence within the western and...

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Nevada Society for Range Management Suggested Reading – Fall 2020

View abstracts. Abstracts of Recent Papers on Range Management in the West. Prepared by Charlie Clements, Rangeland Scientist, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Reno, NV.

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Post-wildfire hazards: Understanding slope failure

View article. Across the western US, severe wildfires fueled by tinder-dry vegetation have already burned more than 3.2 million hectares (8 million acres) — an area the size of Maryland — as...

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Assessment of the need for native seeds and their supply

View report. Across the United States, millions of acres of land have been so disturbed by human activities or severe climate events that significant portions of their native plant communities have been...

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Predicting fine-scale forage distribution for ungulate nutrition

View article. This study showed that all models provided higher predictive accuracy than chance, with an average AUC across the 20 forage species of 0.84 for distal and proximal variables and 0.81...

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Use of science in wildland fire management: Barriers and facilitators

View article. This study developed a conceptual model that describes the possible uses of science in fire management (perception, planning, forecasting, implementation, assessment, communication, and policy), common barriers to science use (lack...

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