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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.


Quantifying carbon stocks across Alberta's grasslands in support of a provincial carbon strategy

Dr. Bork is working with several graduate students and collaborators from federal and provincial ministries to quantify the size and composition of carbon pools across various land use types in southern and central Alberta. Members of the research team will examine how carbon pools change with vegetation type, soil physical properties, and presence or absence of livestock. Researchers will link their field results to the provincial Grassland Vegetation Inventory (GVI), thus helping to enhance t...
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Grazing effects on the plant-pollinator relationship: a contrast of native legumes with an invasive (Astragalus cicer L.)

Native pollinators experienced a rapid decline in abundance as a result of large scale agricultural conversion across the Canadian prairies and remaining grasslands are important habitat for these species. Pollinators and flowering plants have a mutualistic relationship in which pollinators facilitate plant reproduction and the plants provide nectar and pollen to the insects. However, invasion of grasslands by non-native plants can greatly alter the availability of floral resources for pollinato...
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