The primary objective of my research program is to determine the limiting factors controlling rangeland-seeding success and to utilize this knowledge in the development of methodologies and technologies that result in the establishment of functional native plant communities. Linked objectives include: 1) quantifying the role and impact of edaphic, climatic and biotic factors on plant survival and plant productivity; 2) determining how barriers to restoration success vary across the landscape; and 3) developing and or identifying seed enhancement technologies (e.g., seed coating, pelleting, deterrents, biological and physiological treatments, and other non-traditional methods) that are capable of mitigating ecological processes and conditions limiting plant establishment. In addition to rangeland systems, I am also seeking to develop and apply innovative seed enhancement technologies for use in other ecosystem types and in various agricultural sectors.
Investigating Seed Enhancements for Improving Establishment of Native Grasses in Great Basin National Park
- Associate Professor, Department of Plant and Wildlife Sciences, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT (2021-Present)
- Assistant Professor, Department of Plant and Wildlife Sciences, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT (2015-2021)
- Research Ecologist, Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center, USDA-Agricultural Research Service, Burns, OR (2010-2015)
- 2010 Ph.D. Wildlife and Wildlands Cons. Brigham Young University, Provo UT
- 2007 M.S. Soil Science Utah State University, Logan UT
- 2004 B.S. Watershed Science Utah State University, Logan UT