Ecosystems Mission Area

Land Management Research Program

Our focus is ecosystems, the biological communities of interacting organisms and their physical environment.  Much of our research is about how to restore and manage ecosystems while maximizing their ability to support biodiversity and services (e.g. coastal protection, water availability, pollination, erosion control etc) and preparing for anticipated climate change impacts. 

Environments

Environments

Our scientists work in landscapes from Alaska to Florida to predict how systems respond to change, evaluate restoration, improve habitat for biodiversity and provide services including clean water, food, and storm protection.

 

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Sage-grouse & Sagebrush Ecosystem

Sage-grouse & Sagebrush Ecosystem

We bring a diversity of expertise and capabilities to address a wide variety of science needs at multiple spatial scales across the sagebrush ecosystem and are committed to providing high quality science to our management partners.

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Status and Trends

Status and Trends

To protect, conserve, and restore the living resources—plants, animals, habitats, ecosystems—entrusted to their care, land and resource managers must understand the condition, or status of those resources as well as their trends.

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This work requires a broad set of capabilities such as identifying stressors, predicting future conditions, developing and evaluating management alternatives, making difficult trade-offs, and predicting fish and wildlife habitat use.  Managing natural resources on behalf of the public usually impacts multiple stakeholders in different ways, so we work with partners to use decision analysis as an approach to structure their decisions and navigate difficult choices in a transparent way.

Contacts

Zachary H Bowen, Ph.D.

Landscape Program Coordinator
Ecosystems
Phone: 970-226-9218

Lianne Ball, Ph.D.

Environments Program Manager
Ecosystems
Phone: 703-648-4028

Lief Wiechman

Sagebrush Ecosystem Specialist
Ecosystems Mission Area
Phone: 970-237-2764

Paul Steblein

Wildland Fire Science Coordinator
Ecosystems
Phone: 703-648-6895

Claudia Mengelt, PhD

Land Management Program Manager
Ecosystems Mission Area
Phone: 571-329-6661