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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Mechanisms for smooth brome invasion and the possibility of an invasional meltdown

By monitoring the expansion of smooth brome into native plant communities along soil moisture gradients, Dr. Cahill and PhD student Gisela Stotz will identify factors governing the rate of expansion of this exotic invasive grass species in Alberta’s grasslands (including at the Mattheis and Kinsella Research Ranches). Given that smooth brome may alter resource conditions and competitive interactions in plant communities where it invades, this research will also assess potential cascading effect...
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Ecological and agronomic consequences of Cicer milkvetch (Astragalus cicer L.) introduction into Mixed Prairie grassland

Cicer milkvetch is an introduced legume that is beginning to encroach on native mixed grass prairie plant communities within the Mattheis Research Ranch. By measuring soil properties, plant biomass, and plant community composition in areas with and without cicer milkvetch, Dr. Carlyle and undergraduate student Kyle Le assessed the localized effects of invasions by this species on rangeland ecosystem functions. They found that forage quantity and quality were highest in plots with cicer milkvetch...
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