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 archaeological research on the Kinsella and Mattheis Research Ranches

Dr. Ives and Dr. Kisha Supernant (Assistant Professor, Dept. of Anthropology) will lead graduate and undergraduate students in undertaking the discovery, evaluation, and mapping of archaeological sites on the Mattheis and Kinsella Research Ranches. The number and nature of sites present will be identified using foot surveys and subsurface testing. Once identified, sites will be evaluated further through testing, mapping, and potentially through excavation programs. This research will help manage...
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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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