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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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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Effects of defoliation and soil moisture level on methane production and oxidation in soils of the Mattheis Research Ranch

Rangelands are a significant global sink for atmospheric methane, however, little is known about the effects of grazing on the production and oxidation of this greenhouse gas. Dr. Chang and co-investigator Dr. Zhiping Wang (Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences) will examine the rates of methane production and oxidation in soils under various defoliation and watering treatments at the Mattheis Research Ranch. For this project, the effects of grazing under different management systems ...
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