Team Members

James McIver

Ecologist and SageSTEP Project Coordinator, Oregon State University

Oregon State University
Eastern Oregon Agriculture Research Center
PO Box E
Union, Oregon 97883
(541) 910-0924
james.mciver@oregonstate.edu

Dr. McIver conducts research on the ecology of arthropod predator-prey relationships, on the organization of foraging in ants, and coordinates the SageSTEP study.

Scott Shaff

Ecologist, U.S. Geological Survey

Forest & Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center
USGS, Biological Resources Division
3200 SW Jefferson Way
Corvallis, Oregon 97331
office: (541) 750-0942
cell: (541) 908-6908
sshaff@usgs.gov

Scott manages the day-to-day operations of SageSTEP West study sites, including field and laboratory work.  His principle duties include plot layout, coordinating and overseeing treatment application, fuels data collection, soil sampling, data management, and manuscript preparation.

Maggie Gray

Research Associate, Utah State University

Utah State University
Wildland Resources Department
5230 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-5230
office: (435) 797-2569
maggie.gray@usu.edu

Maggie manages the day-to-day operations of the SageSTEP East network, including field and laboratory work. Her principal duties include plot layout, coordinating and overseeing treatment application, fuels data collection, soil sampling, data management, and manuscript preparation.

Lael Gilbert

Outreach Program Coordinator, Utah State University

Utah State University
Department of Environment & Society
5215 Old Main Hill
Logan, Utah 84322-5215
office: (435) 797-8455
cell: (435) 764-6571
lael.gilbert@usu.edu

As Outreach Program Coordinator for SageSTEP, Lael develops materials and methods to deliver project information and results to land managers and other interested stakeholders.

Mark Brunson

Social Scientist, Utah State University

Utah State University
Department of Environment & Society
5215 Old Main Hill
Logan, Utah 84322-5215
(435) 797-2458
Mark.Brunson@usu.edu

Dr. Brunson conducts research on social aspects of management change in rangeland and forest systems, including public acceptability and knowledge regarding wildland ecosystems and their management, adoption of new practices by public and private land managers, and the connections between biophysical and socio-demographic changes.

Gene Schupp

Plant Ecologist, Utah State University

Utah State University
Wildland Resources Department
5230 Old Main Hill
Logan, Utah 84322-5230
(435) 797-2475
Schupp@cnr.usu.edu

Dr. Schupp’s primary research focus is the critical seed and seedling stages of plant establishment-the ecology of seed production and dispersal, seed survival and germination, and seedling survival and growth. The goal is to contribute to the development of an understanding of plant population and, ultimately, community dynamics by understanding processes controlling quantitative and spatial patterns of plant recruitment.

David Pyke

Plant Ecologist, U.S. Geological Survey

Forest & Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center
USGS, Biological Resources Division
3200 S.W. Jefferson Way
Corvallis, Oregon 97331
(541) 750-7334
david_a_pyke@usgs.gov

Dr. Pyke studies the population ecology of native and invasive plants in the Intermountain West with an emphasis on restoring native plants on invaded landscapes. He also specializes in developing monitoring protocols for ecosystem integrity on wild lands.

Mike Pellant

Great Basin Restoration Initiative

Bureau of Land Management
Idaho State Office
1387 S Vinnell Way
Boise, Idaho 83709
(208) 373-3823
mike_pellant@blm.gov

As Coordinator of the Great Basin Restoration Initiative, Mike Pellant works to develop and implement partnership-based management strategies to restore areas of high values, reduce the effects of annual grasses and noxious weeds in others, and reverse the destructive cycle of wildland fires and weeds.

Bruce Roundy

Plant Ecologist, Brigham Young University

Brigham Young University
701 East University Parkway Drive
4105 LSB
Provo, UT 84602
(801)422-8137
Bruce_Roundy@byu.edu

Dr. Roundy’s research projects include establishment ecology of weeds and native plants, vegetation disturbance thresholds for management of sagebrush systems, watershed responses to management practices, and increasing diversity of fire rehabilitation and other range seedings.

Jeanne Chambers

Plant Ecologist, USDA Forest Service

USDA Forest Service
Rocky Mountain Research Station
Forest Sciences Lab
University of Nevada
920 Valley Road
Reno, Nevada 89512
(775) 784-5329
jchambers@fs.fed.us

Jeanne C. Chambers is a research plant ecologist with the USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station in Reno, Nevada, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Nevada, Reno. Her research focuses on understanding plant species, community and ecosystem responses to environmental changes resulting from disturbance, climate, or invasive species and in applying this information to problems in restoration ecology. Her current research centers on the uplands and riparian areas of the semi-arid Great Basin and is detailed at http://www.ag.unr.edu/gbem/

April Hulet

University of Idaho

Brigham Young University
Department of Plant and Wildlife Science
275 WIDB
Provo, Utah 84602
office: (801) 422-3177
cell: (435) 590-1192
huletapril@hotmail.com

April manages the day-to-day operations of the Utah woodland sites, including field and laboratory work. Her principle duties include fuels data collection, soil sampling, data management, and manuscript preparation.

Beth Newingham

ARS-Reno

Great Basin Rangelands Research
USDA Agricultural Research Service
920 Valley Road
Reno, NV 89512
(775) 784-6057 ext. 233
Beth.Newingham@ars.usda.gov

Dr. Newingham is a Research Ecologist with the USDA-Agricultural Research Service in Reno, NV. Her research focuses on linking plant and soil processes in the context of community and ecosystem ecology, fire, restoration, and climate change.

Keirith Snyder

ARS-Reno

Great Basin Rangelands Research
USDA Agricultural Research Service
920 Valley Road
Reno, NV 89512
(775) 784-6057 ext. 245
 keirith.snyder@usda.gov

Lisa Ellsworth

Oregon State University

Dept. of Fisheries and Wildlife
Oregon State University
104 Nash Hall
(541) 760-2001
Corvallis, OR 97331
lisa.ellsworth@oregonstate.edu

Research interests include disturbance ecology; fire science and modeling; invasive species ecology; restoration ecology; landscape ecology and modeling, social-ecological dimensions of natural resource management.

Eva Strand

University of Oregon

Director, CNR GIS Teaching Lab
Department of Rangeland Ecology and Management
University of Idaho
(208) 885-5779
Evaso@uidaho.edu

Eva Strand is the manager of the University of Idaho GIS teaching Lab. Eva’s research focuses on the landscape-scale dynamics of woody encroachment in juniper/sagebrush-steppe rangelands. As part of her extensive research she has developed and modeled a new state and transition model of aspen succession.

Matt Reeves

USDA Forest Service

Human Dimensions Program
Rocky Mountain Research Station
USDA Forest Service
800 East Beckwith Avenue
Missoula, Montana 59801-5801
(406) 546-5875
matt.c.reeves@usda.gov

Matt specializes in use of remote sensing and GIS to facilitate evaluation of contemporary issues facing US rangelands. He is interested in facilitating management and administration of the nations’ rangelands and is pursuing numerous efforts to improve the quality and usefulness of forest plan revisions. His research spans four themes: climate change, decision support tools, inventory and monitoring, threat assessment.

Benjamin Rau

Soil Scientist

USDA-Agricultural Research Service
Pasture Systems and Watershed Management Research Unit
Building 3702 Curtin Road
University Park, PA 16802
814-865-1067
ben.rau@ars.usda.gov

Ben Rau is a soil scientist for the USDA-ARS. His work with SageSTEP is related to vegetation shifts and ecosystem rehabilitation effects on total carbon and nitrogen budgets and plant-soil interactions in the Great Basin. Ben is coordinating the SageSTEP soil and vegetation chemistry studies.

Lea Condon

Research Ecologist, U.S. Geological Survey

Forest & Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center
USGS
Reno, NV
lcondon@usgs.gov

Biocrust and plant community research ecologist. Lea has worked throughout the west on projects related to landscape and disturbance ecology. Her work focuses on translating ecological processes into sustainable land management and restoration practices.

Fred Pierson

Research Hydrologist, USDA Agricultural Research Service

USDA Agricultural Research Service
800 Park Blvd., Ste 105
Boise, Idaho 83712-7716
(208) 422-0720
fred.pierson@ars.usda.gov

Dr. Pierson’s research explores hydrologic impacts of rangeland management and restoration activities. His specific objective for this project is to characterize the hydrologic and erosion impacts of different levels of juniper encroachment and juniper control methods of fire and mechanical cutting.​

Jason Williams

Hydrologist, USDA Agricultural Research Service

USDA Agricultural Research Service
Northwest Watershed Research Center
800 Park Blvd., Plaza IV, Suite 105
Boise, ID 83712-7716
(208) 422-0708
jason.williams@ars.usda.gov

Jason Williams is a support scientist working on erosion and runoff studies in woodland sites.

James Grace

Research Ecologist, U.S. Geological Survey

U.S. Geological Survey
National Wetlands Research Center
700 Cajundome Blvd.
Lafayette, LA 70506
(337) 266-8632
jim_grace@usgs.gov

James Grace is an ecosystem analyst who specializes in the use of model techniques, such as structural equation modeling, in order to better understand the relationships among variables within ecological systems.

Steven Peterson

Brigham Young University

Associate Professor
Plant & Wildlife Sciences
Brigham Young University
Provo, UT 84602
(801) 422-4220
steven_petersen@byu.edu

Peterson’s research emphasizes the spatial and temporal dynamics of rangeland ecosystems, plant community dynamics and animal – habitat interactions. He utilize geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing technology to answer ecological questions. He is currently working in seven areas of wildland spatial ecology, rangeland ecology and management, and forest ecology and management.

Brice Hanberry

Research Ecologist, UDA Forest Service

Rocky Mountain Research Station
USDA Forest Service
8221 Mt. Rushmore Rd.
Rapid City, South Dakota 57702
605-716-2205

brice.hanberry@usda.gov

Analysis and management of disturbance effects including fire and fire exclusion, climate change, and land use on terrestrial ecosystems, natural resources, and wildlife at multiple scales, with particular focus on open oak and pine ecosystems. Oak and pine savannas and woodlands are part of a continuum between grasslands and closed forests. The unique bipartite characteristics of grasslands with a tree overstory are not recognized and therefore, undervalued for conservation and management.

Zachary Aanderud

Brigham Young University

Associate Professor
Plant & Wildlife Sciences
Brigham Young University
Provo, UT 84602
(801) 422-4220
zachary_aanderud@byu.edu

Microbial and Ecosystem Ecology—Much of my research links temporal fluctuations in resources to microorganism responses and ecosystem services. This overarching theme has inspired questions relating to the: 1) impacts of human-induced disturbances on aquatic and terrestrial bacterial dormancy, dominance, and species interactions; 2) consequences of rainfall, snowfall, and resource changes on bacterial communities and trace gas production in extreme environments; and, 3) more recently, the use of hyperthermophilic bacteria to digest waste streams prior to methane production.

Linda Schueck

IT Specialist

USGS Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center
970 Lusk Street
Boise, ID 83706
208-426-5211
linda_schueck@usgs.gov

Linda manages the SageSTEP Data Store. 

Kim Rollins

Economist, University of Nevada, Reno

University of Nevada, Reno
Department of Resource Economics
Mail Stop 204
Reno, Nevada 89557-0105
(775) 784-1677
krollins@cabnr.unr.edu

Dr. Rollins’ work explores economic problems associated with allocation of public goods, incentive mechanisms for optimal conservation and use of environmental amenities, and valuation of environmental amenities.

Paul Doescher

Former Principal Investigator (Vegetation)

(Former) Oregon State University
Department of Forest Resources

Dr. Doescher’s work focused on restoration of shrub steppe and woodland communities in the Intermountain West, fire ecology, and ecological and physiological dynamics of plant species. He passed away in August 2017.

Richard Miller

Former Principal Investigator (Vegetation)

Oregon State University
The Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center
202 Strand Agriculture Hall
Corvallis, Oregon 97331-2218
(541) 737-1622
Richard.Miller@oregonstate.edu

Dr Miller’s research explores (1) the impacts of juniper expansion on plant community dynamics and avian populations, (2) juniper woodland chronology, (3) dynamics and ecology of old growth juniper woodlands, (4) impacts of fire on plant community structure, composition, and on avian, small mammal, and lepidoptera populations, and (5) fire history of the sagebrush steppe.

Robin Tausch

Former Principal Investigator (Vegetation)

USDA Forest Service
Rocky Mountain Research Station
Forest Sciences Lab
University of Nevada, Reno
920 Valley Road
Reno, Nevada 89512
office: (775)784-5329
cell: (775) 426-9110
rtausch@fs.fed.us

Dr. Tausch’s research explores 1) the paleoecology of Great Basin upland ecosystems to determine how plant communities have changed in response to Holocene climate change; 2) more recent vegetation changes by focus on how the spatial and temporal patterns of the expansion of pinyon-juniper woodlands is influencing the community dynamics and fire patterns of the affected sagebrush ecosystems; and 3) how current spatial and temporal patterns in vegetation and fire are likely to change into the future in response to climate change. 

Steve Bunting

Former Principal Investigator (Fuels)

University of Idaho
Department of Rangeland Ecology & Management
Moscow, Idaho 83844-1135
(208) 885-7103
sbunting@uidaho.edu

Dr. Bunting’s research focuses on the effects of fire and fire management in arid and semi-arid ecosystems, including sagebrush steppe and western juniper woodlands. The overall goal of the research is a better understanding of the function of disturbance, and particularly fire, in the dynamics of rangeland ecosystems.

Dale Johnson

Former Principal Investigator (Soils)

University of Nevada, Reno
Natural Resources and Environmental Science
Mail Stop 370
Reno, Nevada 89557
(775) 784-4511
dwj@unr.edu

Dr. Johnson’s research explores (1) biogeochemical cycling, including the influence of atmospheric pollution, climate change, and fire, and (2) soils. His current soils research interests are soil-soil solution chemical interactions, factors affecting organic carbon accumulation and loss, nitrogen, sulfur, phosphorus transformations, and trace gas emission from soils.

Steve Knick

Former Principal Investigator (Wildlife)

​USGS, Biological Resources Division
Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center
Snake River Field Station
970 Lusk Street,
Boise, Idaho 83706
(208) 426-5208
Steve_Knick@usgs.gov

Dr. Knick’s research explores shrubsteppe systems in the Intermountain West. He has investigated the role of human and natural disturbance in shaping ecological systems, the effects of habitat fragmentation on passerine bird communities, resource selection by animals, the use of satellite imagery to determine landscape attributes of semi-arid regions, and spatial and temporal modeling of ecological systems.  He developed the SAGEMAP website, the primary web-based portal for spatial data and information for research and management of sagebrush ecosystems.

John Tanaka 

Former Principal Investigator (Economics)

Department of Renewable Resources
University of Wyoming, Dept. 3354
1000 E. University Avenue
Laramie, WY 82071
307-766-5130
307-460-8558 (cell)
jtanaka@uwyo.edu

Dr. Tanaka’s specialty is Resource and Environmental Economics and his current research interests include the economic effects of livestock grazing management practices in riparian areas and public land policy and economic issues surrounding rangeland sustainability and rural communities.  For SageSTEP, Dr. Tanaka will help lead the development of ranch level models to determine the economic impact of changing seasons of use and loss of forage resources (and development of alternative forage resources) in response to alternative land management strategies over time; refine ranch-level economic models by adding environmental components (weather, wildlife trade-offs, etc.) to the analysis; and work with range and fire ecologists, rural sociologists, regional economists, natural resource economists (non-market valuation), land managers and others to determine the policy implications of alternative land management strategies for juniper- and sagebrush-dominated rangelands.

David Turner

Former Principal Investigator (Statistics)

USDA Forest Service
Rocky Mountain Research Station
Logan Forestry Sciences Lab
860 North 1200 East
Logan, Utah 84321
(435) 755-3576
DLTurner@fs.fed.us

Dr. Turner specializes in the application of modern statistical design and analysis techniques to natural resource problems.

Mike Wisdom

Former Principal Investigator (Wildlife)

USDA Forest Service
Pacific Northwest Research Station
1401 Gekeler Lane
La Grande, Oregon 97850
(541) 962-6532
mwisdom@fs.fed.us

Dr. Wisdom has conducted research on threats to sagebrush habitats and species and is editor of a new book, “Habitat Threats in the Sagebrush Ecosystem: Methods of Regional Assessment and Applications in the Great Basin.” For information on ordering this book, please visit the Alliance Communications Group website.

Nora Devoe 

Former Principal Investigator (Management Rep)

Contact

Lisa Elsworth
SageSTEP Project Co-coordinator
Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR  97330
Lisa.Ellsworth@oregonstate.edu
(541) 737-0008

Lael Gilbert
SageSTEP Outreach Coordinator
Utah State University
5215 Old Main Hill
Logan, Utah 84322-5215
lael.gilbert@usu.edu
(435) 797-8455

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