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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.


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Baseline carbon monitoring for rangeland carbon sequestration

Using a combination of atmospheric measurements, plot sampling, and remote sensing techniques, Dr. Gamon and his graduate students monitored carbon fluxes and stocks at the Mattheis Research Ranch, in order to establish baseline measurements of ecosystem carbon uptake for representative locations throughout the property. According to this research, Mattheis Ranch grasslands appear to be net carbon sinks (with some areas taking up more carbon than others, likely because of inherent differences in...
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Oasis on the prairie: quantifying and characterizing the water resources of the Mattheis Research Ranch

Water quantity and quality are important issues that affect and are affected by the management of rangelands in southern Alberta. The Mattheis Research Ranch has significant surface water resources, including the Red Deer River at the north and Matzhiwin Creek at the south of the property, and a series of created wetlands that cover approximately 400 hectares. Irrigation water circulates through these wetlands before being delivered to cultivated fields and to the rest of the ranch where it is p...
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