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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.

Read the University of Alberta Beef and Range Report, published in August 2014.


Long-term monitoring of rangeland ecosystem functions on the Mattheis Research Ranch

Dr. Cameron Carlyle | Assistant Professor
Department of Agricultural, Food & Nutritional Science
Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences
University of Alberta


To better understand the sustainability of ecological goods and services derived from Alberta rangelands, Dr. Carlyle and co-investigator Dr. James Cahill (Professor, Dept. of Biological Sciences) have initiated a long-term study that monitors multiple ecosystem functions across both of the UAlberta research ranches (Mattheis and Kinsella). At each ranch, twenty-four permanent sites will be used to evaluate long-term effects of climate and management on plant biomass, including forage production and quality, plant diversity, and other ecosystem functions such as litter accumulation, carbon sequestration and storage, and nutrient cycling. This monitoring program will help researchers to understand the implications of natural variability and the effects of management over the long term, and will shed light on how to best to manage Alberta’s rangelands in a way that sustains both the ranching industry and the delivery of important ecosystem services (e.g. biodiversity, carbon storage and sequestration).


 

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