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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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Spatial patterns of and management effects on soil carbon in the Mattheis Research Ranch

By systematically sampling rangelands and croplands within the Mattheis Research Ranch, Dr. Chang and co-investigator Dr. Zhiping Wang (Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences) were able to determine the spatial patterns of soil carbon on the property. The distribution of soil carbon was subsequently related back to the various grazing and cropping practices that are employed throughout the ranch. Throughout the grasslands of the ranch, more soil organic carbon (SOC) was present in low-...
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Oasis on the prairie: quantifying and characterizing the water resources of the Mattheis Research Ranch

Water quantity and quality are important issues that affect and are affected by the management of rangelands in southern Alberta. The Mattheis Research Ranch has significant surface water resources, including the Red Deer River at the north and Matzhiwin Creek at the south of the property, and a series of created wetlands that cover approximately 400 hectares. Irrigation water circulates through these wetlands before being delivered to cultivated fields and to the rest of the ranch where it is p...
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