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Research

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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Biophysical quantification and mapping of soil quality at the Mattheis Research Ranch

Forage productivity, quality and persistence are essential factors for the success and profitability of rangeland operations. Good soil quality is critical for achieving and sustaining these outcomes; it enhances plant performance by facilitating root growth, and also supports other ecosystem services such as water storage and purification, flood regulation and greenhouse gases mitigation. Ranchers and farmers need information on the status of soil quality in their lands so that they can subsequ...
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Defoliation and altered precipitation effects on soil microbial communities in the Mattheis Research Ranch

The impact of grazing and irrigation on soil microbial communities is poorly understood even though microbes play a significant role in affecting ecosystem biogeochemistry, greenhouse gas emissions and rangeland health. Dr. Chang is studying changes in rangeland soil microbial communities under different simulated grazing and irrigation treatments, to help us understand the underlying mechanisms of grazing and/or irrigation effects on soil microorganisms. The bacterial, archaeal and fungal commu...
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