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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Differentiating and understanding the roles of soil nutrient and soil community heterogeneity on plant growth, carbon storage, and biodiversity

Though plant growth in grasslands has historically been viewed from primarily nutritive and topdown perspectives, diverse soil microorganisms have substantial non-nutritive impacts on growth, ecosystem services, biodiversity and invasion. Using a functional approach, Dr. Cahill and co-investigator Dr. Pierre-Luc Chagnon (Killam Post-doctoral fellow, Biological Sciences) will quantify the net effects of soil microorganisms on plant growth and key ecosystem processes within the Mattheis Research R...
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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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