Dr. David Toledo serves as a Research Rangeland Management Specialist at the USDA-ARS Northern Great Plains Research Laboratory (NGPRL). He received his Ph.D. in Rangeland Ecology and Management from Texas A&M University in 2012 working on identifying socio-economic and ecological factors affecting landowner use of different land management practices. Before that, he was at the USDA-ARS Jornada Experimental Range, where he worked on the development and application of indicators for ecological monitoring and assessment. David’s research program at NGPRL has three major themes that closely interact with each other: (1) Developing and testing science based tools for monitoring and assessing ecosystem function and ecosystem change; (2) Assessing the effects of changes in climate and land use on the functioning of northern Great Plains agroecosystems; and (3) determining the impact of different land management practices on ecosystem services to optimize the long-term productivity and sustainability of northern Great Plains ecosystems. These three themes are addressed at multiple scales from the local to the national using tools such as synthesis, collaboration with different national networks, field and laboratory experiments, and simulation modeling.
Dr. David Toledo, Research Rangeland Management Specialist, received the "Outstanding Young Range Professional" award at the annual meetings of the Society for Range Management in Corpus Christi, Texas on February 3, 2016.
Dr. David Toledo, Research Rangeland Management Specialist, received the 2013 Texas A&M University Association of Former Students Distinguished Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Research for his “outstanding academic record and contributions in teaching and research”. The work Dr. Toledo performed that led to this award evaluated the social dimensions of using extreme fire as a rangeland restoration tool in Texas and in the Janos Biosphere Reserve in Mexico. His research filled a critical knowledge gap in effectively restoring the resilience of rangeland ecosystems.
2013 - present: Research Rangeland Management Specialist, USDA-ARS Northern Great Plains Research Laboratory, Mandan, ND.
2008 - 2013: Research Assistant, Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
2001 – 2008: Rangeland Management Specialist, USDA-ARS Jornada Experimental Range, Las Cruces, NM
Texas A&M University; Rangeland Ecology and Management; Ph.D. 2013.
New Mexico State University; Rangeland Science; M.S. 2004.
Florida State University; Environmental Studies; B.S. 2000.