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.

Mapping patterns in the distribution and abundance of upland songbirds on the Mattheis Research Ranch

Dr. Nielsen’s research team conducted repeated point counts in two consecutive years at 372 locations throughout upland habitats of the Mattheis Research Ranch, detecting a total of 100 species of grassland songbirds, shorebirds, ducks, and raptors. Information collected during these surveys allowed for the mapping of occupancy and abundance of upland songbirds across the ranch, and the creation of habitat preference models and predictive maps for individual songbird species. The most common sp...
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Baseline carbon monitoring for rangeland carbon sequestration

Using a combination of atmospheric measurements, plot sampling, and remote sensing techniques, Dr. Gamon and his graduate students monitored carbon fluxes and stocks at the Mattheis Research Ranch, in order to establish baseline measurements of ecosystem carbon uptake for representative locations throughout the property. According to this research, Mattheis Ranch grasslands appear to be net carbon sinks (with some areas taking up more carbon than others, likely because of inherent differences in...
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