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Thank you to all who attended the Climate Change Symposium and Field Day September 4th in Cheyenne.  The event was well attended, and our research program will certainly benefit from the insights we gained from the many conversations which took place.

Check Out this Article:

How might climate change affect native grasslands?Wyoming Trubine Eagle; by Michelle Dynes.


Presentations given at the Symposium: (Large files allow several minutes to load)

Symposium overview; David Williams, University of Wyoming.

Climate Change Impacts & Resource Management; Stephen T. Gray, Water Resources Data System WY State Climate Office University of Wyoming.

How Scientists Study Climate Change A Rangeland Perspective; Jack Morgan, ARS, Rangeland Resources Research Unit.

Consequences of Climate Change for Rangelands: Unexpected Consequences of More Extreme Rainfall Patterns;Alan K. Knapp,Colorado State University.

Climate Change and Rangelands Information for Adaptation;Linda Joyce,Rocky Mountain Research Station,USDA FS.


The are the Publications that were available at the Climate Change Symposium.

Blumenthal, D, R.A. Chimner, J.M. Welker and J.A. Morgan. 2008. Increased snow facilitates plant invasion in mixedgrass prairie.New Phytologist 179: 440-448.

Blumenthal, D.  2005.  Interrelated causes of plant invasion.  Science 310:243-244.

Blumenthal, D.  2006.  Interactions between resource availability and enemy release in plant invasion.  Ecology Letters 9:887-895.

Booth, D.T., S.E. Cox and G.E. Simonds. 2006. Riparian monitoring using 2-cm GSD aerial photography.Journal of Ecological Indicators 7:636-648.

Booth, D.T., S.E. Cox and R.D. Berryman. 2006. Point Sampling Digital Imagery with ‘SamplePoint’.Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 123:97-108.

Booth, D.T., and S.E. Cox. Image-based monitoring to measure ecological change on rangelands.Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 6, doi:10.1890/070095

Derner,Justin D., Gerald E. Schuman, Michael Jawson, Steven R. Shafer, Jack A. Morgan, H. Wayne Polley, G. Brett Runion, Stephen A. Prior, H. Allen Torbert, HugoH. Rogers, James Bunce, Lewis Ziska, Jeffrey W. White, Alan J. Franzluebbers, Jean D. Reeder, Rodney T. Venterea, and Lowry A. Harper. 2005  USDA-ARS Global Change Research on Rangelands and Pasturelands Rangelands27:36 - 42.

Derner, J.D. and Schuman, G.E. Carbon sequestration and rangelands: a synthesis of land management and precipitation effects.Journal of Soil and Water Conservation 62:77-85. 2007.

Dijkstra,F. A., E. Pendall, A. R. Mosier, J. Y. King, D. G. Milchunas and J. A. Morgan. 2008.  Belowground responses to climate change--Long-term enhancement of N availability and plant growth under elevated CO2 in a semi-arid grassland.Functional Ecology 2008 doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2435.2008.01398.x

Heisler-White,Jana L.,  Alan K. Knapp, Eugene F. Kelly. 2008.  Increasing precipitation event size increases aboveground net primary productivity in a semi-arid grassland.Oecologia, DOI 10.1007/s00442-008-1116-9

Ingram, L.J., P.D. Stahl, G.E. Schuman, J.S. Buyer, G.F. Vance, G.K. Ganjegunte, J.M. Welker, and Derner, J.D.  Grazing impacts on soil carbon and microbial communities in a mixed-grass ecosystem.  Soil Science Society of America Journal 72:939-948. 2008.

LeCain, D.L., J.A. Morgan, D.G. Milchunas, A.R. Mosier, J.A. Nelson and D.P. Smith. 2006. Root biomass of individual species, and root size characteristics after five years of CO2 enrichment on native shortgrass steppe.Plant and Soil 279:219-228.

Morgan, J.A., D.E. Pataki, C. Korner, H. Clark, S.J. DelGrosso, J.M. Grunzewig, A.K. Knapp, A.R. Mosier, P.C.D. Newton, P.A. Niklaus, J.B. Nippert, R.S. Nowak, W.J. Parton, H.W. Polley and M.R. Shaw. 2004. Water relations in grassland and desert ecosystems to elevated atmospheric CO2.Oecologia 140:11-25.

Morgan, J.A., D.G. Milchunas, D.R. LeCain, M.S. West and A. Mosier. 2007. Carbon dioxide enrichment alters plant community structure and accelerates shrub growth in the shortgrass steppe.Proceedings of the Natl Academy of Sciences, 104(37):14724-14729.

Pendall,E., A.R. Mosier, and J.A. Morgan.  2004.   Rhizodeposition stimulated by elevated CO2 in a semi‑arid grassland. New Phytologist 162:447-458

Pendall,Elise, Scott Bridgham, Paul J. Hanson, Bruce Hungate, David W. Kicklighter, Dale W. Johnson, Beverly E. Law, Yiqi Luo, J. Patrick Megonigal, Maria Olsrud, Michael G. Ryan and Shiqiang Wan. 2004. Below-ground process responses to elevated CO2 and temperature:a discussion of observations, measurement methods, and models.New Phytologist (2004)162  311–322


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