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Integrated resource assessment, inventory and monitoring of wildlife responses to manipulation of the shrubsteppe enviroment


July 2004 - June 2011


Research objectives include: (1) Evaluation of assessment, inventory and monitoring techniques for determining status of plant and animal species and communities in the shrubsteppe ecosystem; (2) Focal animal studies on shrubsteppe passerine obligates, the greater sage-grouse, pygmy rabbit, and small mammal communities; and (3) A two-pronged effort on modelling vegetation, focused on (i) methods for change detection in shrubsteppe environments; and (ii) understanding the dynamics of vegetation transition, especially in response to man-induced and natural disturbance factors.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 102

Masters Students: 241

Phd Students: 163

Post Docs: 58

University Staff: 240

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 703

Scientific Publications: 1901

Presentations: 4321



Funding Agencies

  • Natural Resource Conservation Service
  • S. E. J. Quinney Foundation
  • Utah Division of Wildlife Resources


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