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The Rangeland Research Institute provides researchers with opportunity to conduct a wide range of short- and long-term research projects focused on providing a solid scientific foundation for the sustainable management of rangelands.

We support research that combines expertise and approaches from a variety of academic disciplines and addresses issues related to the competing demands of ecosystem conservation and resource use, including energy exploration and extraction, grazing, water management, wildlife management and biodiversity conservation, and sustainable landscape management.

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Quantifying carbon stocks across Alberta's grasslands in support of a provincial carbon strategy

Dr. Edward Bork | Professor and Mattheis Chair in Rangeland Ecology & Management
Director, Rangeland Research Institute
Department of Agricultural, Food & Nutritional Science
Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences
University of Alberta

Dr. Bork is working with several graduate students and collaborators from federal and provincial ministries to quantify the size and composition of carbon pools across various land use types in southern and central Alberta. Members of the research team will examine how carbon pools change with vegetation type, soil physical properties, and presence or absence of livestock. Researchers will link their field results to the provincial Grassland Vegetation Inventory (GVI), thus helping to enhance the spatial understanding of carbon storage across different agro-climatic zones. Ultimately, this research is expected to support the development of an innovative policy that recognizes and rewards landowners for carbon storage. The research team for this project includes M.Sc. students Mark Lyseng and Donald Schoderbek, Post Doctoral fellow Daniel Hewins, UAlberta faculty members Scott Chang and Cameron Carlyle, Alberta Environment and Sustainable Development researchers Barry Adams, Mike Alexander, Craig DeMaere, Darlene Moisey, and Tennille Kupsch, and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada emeritus researcher Walter Willms.

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