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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Quantifying the carbon balance of the Mattheis Research Ranch

Dr. Gamon is continuing to measure net carbon uptake at the Mattheis Research Ranch using a combination of eddy covariance and remote sensing methods, validated by independent ground sampling. This work extends previous studies through improved measurement methods and models, and aims to obtain a more complete carbon budget and to deliver a robust model for estimating carbon uptake from remote sensing. This method can be readily applied to larger areas or other similar grassland sites, allowing ...
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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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