2009 Annual Report
1a.Objectives (from AD-416)
The objective of this cooperative agreement is to promote scientific and academic cooperation between the USDA, Agricultural Research Service's research unit based at the Jornada Experimental Range (the ARS) and the Universidad Nacional de La Pampa at Santa Rosa, La Pampa, Argentina (UNLPam). Cooperation activities include the exchange of visiting scientists and graduate students associated to both institutions and the promotion of joint cooperative research projects regarding understanding and management of rangeland landscape.
1b.Approach (from AD-416)
Collaborative academic activities including seminars, scientific meetings, and courses will be planned according to mutual interests and requirements. Research activities concern primarily the development, design, and implementation of research projects in related sites in the Southwestern United States and Central Argentinean rangelands. Research activities will be focused primarily to increase the understanding of landscape dynamics in the semiarid grassland ecosystems in order to develop site specific management strategies.
Both institutions will facilitate the exchange of researchers to participate in academic and research activities in their respective countries.
This project will begin with a 2-month visit by a Univ. Nacional de la Pampa faculty member to this research unit from September-October 2009. During this visit we will establish specific research objectives for projects to be initiated in both Argentina and the US in 2010. Universidad Nacional de La Pampa administrators and ARS unit scientists communicated on a regular basis through e-mail, written correspondence, and telephone relative to collaboration between institutions focusing on rangeland management landscape.