Grazing Exclosures (Shortgrass prairie) In 2016, a team of students and I built grazing exclosures at a bison-grazed site and a separate site grazed by a similar density of cattle. This project will help grassland ecologists and land managers understand how removing bison and cattle may influence plant community composition and structure in a shortgrass prairie.
EDGE (Shortgrass, mixed-grass, and tallgrass prairies) EDGE (Extreme Drought in the Grasslands Experiment) is a multi-year drought experiment implemented across different grassland types in the United States. I am interested in analyzing cover and above-ground biomass data to understand how plant communities in the Great Plains respond to extreme drought.
DroughtNet (Grasslands around the world) DroughtNet is a global network of researchers using the same methods to assess how extreme drought affects grasslands. I am collaborating with people from the Univ. of Minnesota, Utah State Univ., and the Univ. of Bayreuth (Germany) to organize and analyze data from this project.