This program addresses both consumptive and non-consumptive uses of natural resources on rangelands, while considering the unique blend of biological and political constraints that occur across Arizona's watersheds. Outputs include teaching in the Range 101 and rangeland monitoring workshops, offering independent studies to help undergraduates study for the annual Undergraduate Range Management Exam (URME) and to address their career goals, and participating in the CALS Annual Career Development Event (CDE) Day. Contact Dr.
Animal foraging behavior and distribution problems are a major source of controversy on public and private rangelands throughout the western United States. Research and extension in this area has been to be part of multi-state, interdisciplinary teams in Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico. Research and extension projects are designed to elucidate the underlying causes of animal distribution patterns (i.e., learning and genetics) and to explore how livestock can be used in targeted grazing projects to manage invasive plant problems and provide ecosystem services.
Noxious, invasive plants are harmful non-native species that are regulated by state and federal laws because they threaten agriculture, navigation, fish, wildlife, or human health on both public and private lands.