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PLATTE RIVER WATERSHED ECOSYSTEMS SERVICES ON NATIVE AND RESTORED GRASSLANDS

Duration

August 2009 - September 2014

Narrative

This new research project will focus on ecosystem services provided by native and restored grasslands in the Platte River watershed, including land enrolled in the USDA Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). Although empirical data has indicated that grasslands provide a variety of services important for humankind, including habitat for crop pollinators, carbon sequestration, and erosion control, little research has been undertaken that compares the functioning of high quality virgin prairie with either high or low-diversity restorations. This research will include comparisons of specific ecosystem attributes in each grassland type while also exploring how pockets of prairie (surrounded by intensive agriculture) add to the resilience of the system.

 

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 3

Masters Students: 10

Phd Students: 15

Post Docs: 3

University Staff: 26

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 35

Scientific Publications: 110

Presentations: 192

 

Personnel

Funding Agencies

  • NSF

Links

Nebraska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
  2. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  3. U.S. Geological Survey
  4. University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  5. Wildlife Management Institute