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David A Pyke

I am a scientist emeritus at the Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center. My research interests include population ecology of native and invasive plants in the Intermountain West, monitoring protocols for ecosystem integrity on wild lands, and restoration ecology of native plants on disturbed and invaded lands.

I am involved with a few of my former projects. I am completing the ten-year analysis of the SageSTEP sagebrush – cheatgrass sites. I plan to assist and continue to provide guidance to new scientists who are now leading this long-term project. I am providing guidance and insights for two other on-going projects - The Field of Sagebrush Dreams project and the Mojave grazing removal project. Field of Dreams is an attempt to transplant sagebrush and create patches of sagebrush that will be used by Greater Sage-grouse for nesting within 5 years of a fire removing sagebrush from former nesting sites. The Mojave project is examining vegetation changes after livestock grazing was removed from locations on the Mojave National Preserve 20 years ago. Amongst these interests, my wife and I plan to travel in our teardrop trailer and see other landscapes in the US and Canada and to travel internationally to enjoy new cultures. In addition, we plan to make regular visits to our home in Honolulu.

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