Forestry Research


While it is well known that expanding conifer canopies result in substantial decreases in local plant species richness and abundance and that removing or thinning pinyon and juniper often results in reversing those decreases, less is known about the broader regional effects of PJ removal on wildlife communities.

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Kevin Shoemaker
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science
Start Date: 11-01-2016

One of the species of shrew found in the Great Basin

Adrian Harpold
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science
Start Date: 6-01-2016

Sampling sediment at lake tahoe

Quantifing how PJ woodland removal alters vegetation community structure and how such shifts potentially cascade through insect and small vertebrate communities at small to large spatial scales.

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Kevin Shoemaker
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science
Start Date: 9-01-2016

Hoary Bat clinging to Cottonwood tree

This research has the potential to make transformational improvements in our understanding of Sierra Nevada biogeochemistry while also connecting citizens to regional meadows and forests that supply water, forest products, and cattle. Improving our understanding of the amount of carbon contained in different ecosystem pools, and the rates of greenhouse gas emissions from the soil, will assist in future management and restoration of meadows.

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Benjamin Sullivan
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science
Start Date: 6-01-2016

citizen scientist helping with research