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Research Project: Improved Management to Balance Production and Conservation in Great Plains Rangelands

Location: Rangeland Resources & Systems Research

Publications (Clicking on the reprint icon Reprint Icon will take you to the publication reprint.)

Can collaborative adaptive management improve cattle production in multi-paddock grazing systems? Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Derner, J.D., Augustine, D.J., Briske, D., Wilmer, H.N., Porensky, L.M., Fernandez-Giminez, M., Peck, D.E., Ritten, J. 2020. Can collaborative adaptive management improve cattle production in multi-paddock grazing systems?. Rangeland Ecology and Management. 75:1-8. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rama.2020.11.002.

Nitrogen and phosphorus constrain the CO2 fertilization of global plant biomass Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Terrer, C., Franklin, O., Prentice, I.C., Keenan, T.F., Kaiser, C., Vicca, S., Fisher, J.B., Reich, P.B., Stocker, B.D., Blumenthal, D.M. 2019. Nitrogen and phosphorus constrain the CO2 fertilization of global plant biomass. Nature Climate Change. 9:684-689. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41558-019-0545-2.

Traits link drought resistance with herbivore defense and plant economics in two semiarid grasslands: The central role of leaf dry matter content Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Blumenthal, D.M., Mueller, K., Kray, J.A., Ocheltree, T.W., Augustine, D.J., Wilcox, K.R. 2020. Traits link drought resistance with herbivore defense and plant economics in two semiarid grasslands: The central role of leaf dry matter content. Journal of Ecology. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2745.13454.

Polyacrylamide dissolved in low quality water effects on structure stability of soils varying in texture and clay type Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Mamedov, A., Wagner, L.E., Presley, D., Norton, D., Levy, G. 2020. Polyacrylamide dissolved in low quality water effects on structure stability of soils varying in texture and clay type. Journal of Soils and Sediments. https://doi.org/10.1080/03650340.2020.1757658.

Adjusting the lens of invasion biology to focus on the aspects of climate-driven range shifts Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Wallingford, P.D., Morelli, T.L., Allen, J.M., Beaury, E.M., Blumenthal, D.M., Bradley, B.A., Dukes, J.S., Early, R., Fusco, E.J., Goldberg, D.E. 2020. Adjusting the lens of invasion biology to focus on the aspects of climate-driven range shifts. Nature Climate Change. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41558-020-0768-2.

Farm-level economic assessment of alternative groundwater management strategies over the High Plains aquifer in southeastern Wyoming - (Experiment Station)
Willis, K., Hansen, K., Peck, D.E., Miller, S., Sharma, V. 2020. Farm-level economic assessment of alternative groundwater management strategies over the High Plains aquifer in southeastern Wyoming. Experiment Station Bulletins. 2019 Field Days Bulletin. Pp 114-115. http://www.uwyo.edu/uwexpstn/publications/

An assessment of production trends on the Great Plains from 1984 to 2017 - (Peer Reviewed Journal)

Chronic wasting disease undermines efforts to control the spread of brucellosis in the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Maloney, M., Merkle, J.A., Aadland, D., Peck, D.E., Horan, R.D., Monteith, K., Finnoff, D., Sims, C., Schumaker, B. 2020. Chronic wasting disease undermines efforts to control the spread of brucellosis in the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem. Ecological Applications. 30(6):e02129. https://doi.org/10.1002/eap.2129.

How to talk with ranchers about drought and climate resilience: Lessons from knowledge exchange workshops in Montana - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Lassa, M.J., Wilmer, H.N., Boom, M., Brown, Z., Derner, J.D., Peck, D.E., Thissen, C., Marlow, C. 2020. How to talk with ranchers about drought and climate resilience: Lessons from knowledge exchange workshops in Montana. Journal of Extension. 58(5):v58-5rb1.

Factors influencing the measurement of assimilation and stomatal conductance with the LI-COR 6400XT gas exchange system Reprint Icon - (Trade Journal)
Lecain, D.R., Gleason, S.M. 2019. Quantifying experimental error in the measurement of assimilation and stomatal conductance with the LI-COR 6400XT gas exchange system. bioRxiv. https://doi.org/10.1101/494120.

A review of wind erosion models: data requirements, processes, and validity Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Jarrah, M., Mayel, S., Tatarko, J., Funk, R., Kuka, K. 2019. A review of wind erosion models: data requirements, processes, and validity. Catena. 187:104388. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.catena.2019.104388.

Climatic and management determinants of large herbivore production in semiarid grassland Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Derner, J.D., Raynor, E.J., Reeves, J., Augustine, D.J., Milchunas, D. 2019. Climatic and management determinants of large herbivore production in semiarid grassland. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment. 290:106761. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.agee.2019.106761.

Computational fluid dynamics simulation of airflow through standing vegetation Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Gonzales, H., Tatarko, J., Casada, M.E., Maghirang, R., Hagen, L., Barden, C. 2020. Computational fluid dynamics simulation of airflow through standing vegetation. American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. 62(6):1713-1722. https://doi.org/10.13031/trans.13449.

Large herbivores maintain a two-phase herbaceous vegetation mosaic in a semi-arid savanna Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Augustine, D.J., Wigley, B., Ratnam, J., Kibet, S., Nyangito, M., Sankaran, M. 2019. Large herbivores maintain a two-phase herbaceous vegetation mosaic in a semi-arid savanna. Ecology and Evolution. 9:12779-12788. https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.5750.

Thinking like a grassland: Opportunities for biodiversity conservation in the Great Plains of North America - (Peer Reviewed Journal)

Induced biological soil crust controls on wind erodibility and PM10 emissions Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Fick, S.E., Barger, N., Tatarko, J., Duniway, M. 2020. Induced biological soil crust controls on wind erodibility and PM10 emissions. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms. 45:224-236. https://doi.org/10.1002/esp.4731.

Traversing the wasteland: A framework for assessing ecological threats to drylands Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Hoover, D.L., Bestelmeyer, B.T., Grimm, N., Huxman, T., Reed, S., Sala, O., Seastedt, T., Wilmer, H.N., Ferrenberg, S. 2019. Traversing the wasteland: A framework for assessing ecological threats to drylands. Bioscience. 70(1):35-47. https://doi.org/10.1093/biosci/biz126.

Adaptive rangeland management benefits grassland birds utilizing opposing vegetation structure in the shortgrass steppe - (Peer Reviewed Journal)

Thresholds are in the eye of the beholder: Plants and wildlife respond differently to short-term cattle corrals Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Veblen, K.E., Porensky, L.M. 2019. Thresholds are in the eye of the beholder: Plants and wildlife respond differently to short-term cattle corrals. Ecological Applications. 29(8):e01982. https://doi.org/10.1002/eap.1982.

Dairy producer perceptions of the Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) animal care program - (Peer Reviewed Journal)

Shifting cattle producer beliefs on stocking and invasive forage: Implications for grassland conservation Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Raynor, E.J., Coon, J.J., Swartz, T.M., Morton, L.W., Schacht, W.H., Miller, J.R. 2019. Shifting cattle producer beliefs on stocking and invasive forage: Implications for grassland conservation. Rangeland Ecology and Management. 72:888-898. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rama.2019.07.008.

Anthropogenic noise does not surpass land cover in explaining habitat selection of Greater Prairie-Chicken (Tympanichus cupido) Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Raynor, E.J., Harrison, J.O., Whalen, C.E., Smith, J.A., Schacht, W.H., Benson, J.F., Tyre, A.J., Brown, M.B., Powell, L.A. 2019. Anthropogenic noise does not surpass land cover in explaining habitat selection of Greater Prairie-Chicken (Tympanichus cupido). The Condor: Ornithological Applications. 121(4):duz044. https://doi.org/10.1093/condor/duz044.

Strong but opposing effects of associational resistance and susceptibility on defense phenotype in an African savanna plant Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Coverdale, T., McGeary, I., O'Connell, R., Palmer, T., Goheen, J., Sankaran, M., Augustine, D.J., Ford, A., Pringle, R. 2019. Strong but opposing effects of associational resistance and susceptibility on defense phenotype in an African savanna plant. Oikos. 128:1772-1782. https://doi.org/10.1111/oik.06644.

Validation of DNA metabarcoding of fecal samples using cattle fed known rations Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Scasta, J., Jorns, T., Derner, J.D., Lake, S., Augustine, D.J., Windh, J., Smith, T. 2019. Validation of DNA metabarcoding of fecal samples using cattle fed known rations. Animal Feed Science And Technology. 255:114219. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.anifeedsci.2019.114219.

Ecological sites: Can they be managed to promote livestock production? Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Reynolds, A., Derner, J.D., Augustine, D.J., Porensky, L.M., Wilmer, H.N., Jorns, T., Briske, D.D., Scasta, J., Fernandez-Gimenez, M. 2019. Ecological sites: Can they be managed to promote livestock production? Rangelands. 41(6):239-243. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rala.2019.07.003.

Seroprevalence and risk factors of Brucella ovis in domestic sheep in Wyoming, USA Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Elderbrook, M., Schumaker, B., Cornish, T., Peck, D.E., Sondgeroth, K. 2019. Seroprevalence and risk factors of Brucella ovis in domestic sheep in Wyoming, USA. BMC Veterinary Research. 15:246. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12917-019-1995-5.

When does extreme drought elicit extreme ecological responses? Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Zhang, F., Quan, Q., Ma, F., Tian, D., Hoover, D.L., Zhou, Q., Niu, Z. 2019. When does extreme drought elicit extreme ecological responses? Journal of Ecology. 107(6):2553-2563. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2745.13226.

Effects of fire and large herbivores on canopy nitrogen in a tallgrass prairie Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Ling, E.J., Raynor, E.J., Goodin, D., Joem, A. 2019. Effects of fire and large herbivores on canopy nitrogen in a tallgrass prairie. Remote Sensing. 11:1364. https://doi.org/10.3390/rs11111364.

Flash drought: Lessons learned from the 2017 drought across the U.S. Northern Plains and Canadian prairies - (Government Publication)
Jencso, K., Parker, B., Downey, M., Hadwen, T., Hoell, A., Leaf, J.R., Edwards, L., Akyuz, A., Peck, D.E., Wilmer, H.N. 2019. Flash drought: Lessons learned from the 2017 drought across the U.S. Northern Plains and Canadian prairies. National Integrated Drought Information System Special Report. https://www.drought.gov/drought/documents/flash-drought-lessons-learned-2017-drought-across-us-northern-plains-and-canadian-O

Application of grazing land models in ecosystem management: Current status and next frontiers Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Ma, L., Derner, J.D., Harmel, R.D., Tatarko, J., Moore, A., Rotz, C.A., Augustine, D.J., Boone, R., Coughenour, M. 2019. Application of grazing land models in ecosystem management: Current status and next frontiers. Advances in Agronomy. 158:173-216. https://doi.org/10.1016/bs.agron.2019.07.003.

Predicting soil wind erosion potential under different corn residue management scenarios in the central Great Plains Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Rakkar, M.K., Blanco-Canqui, H., Tatarko, J. 2019. Predicting soil wind erosion potential under different corn residue management scenarios in the central Great Plains. Geoderma. 353:25-34. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoderma.2019.05.040.

Simulating impacts of climate change on cotton yield and water requirement using RZWQM2 Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Chen, X., Qi, Z., Gui, D., Gu, Z., Ma, L., Zeng, F., Li, L. 2019. Simulating impacts of climate change on cotton yield and water requirement using RZWQM2. Agricultural Water Management. 222:231-241. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.agwat.2019.05.030.

Comparing water-related plant functional traits among dominant grasses of the Colorado Plateau: Implications for drought resistance Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Hoover, D.L., Koriakin, K., Albrigsten, J., Ocheltree, T. 2019. Comparing water-related plant functional traits among dominant grasses of the Colorado Plateau: Implications for drought resistance. Plant and Soil. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11104-019-04107-9.

Shrub persistence and increased grass mortality in response to drought in dryland systems Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Winkler, D., Belnap, J., Hoover, D.L., Reed, S., Duniway, M. 2019. Shrub persistence and increased grass mortality in response to drought in dryland systems. Global Change Biology. 25:3121-3135. https://doi.org/10.1111/gcb.14667.

Shifts in plant functional composition following long-term drought in grasslands Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Griffin-Nolan, R.J., Blumenthal, D.M., Collins, S.L., Farkas, T.E., Hoffman, A.M., Mueller, K.E., Ocheltree, T.W., Smith, M.D., Whitney, K.D., Knapp, A.K. 2020. Shifts in plant functional composition following long-term drought in grasslands. Journal of Ecology. 107:2133-2148. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2745.13252.

Modeling and mitigating phosphorus losses in a tile-drained and manured field using RZWQM2-P Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Sadhukhan, D., Qi, Z., Zhang, T., Tan, C., Ma, L. 2019. Modeling and mitigating phosphorus losses in a tile-drained and manured field using RZWQM2-P. Journal of Environmental Quality. 48:995-1005. https://doi.org/10.2134/jeq2018.12.0424.

Apparent competition, lion predation, and managed livestock grazing: can conservation value be enhanced? Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Ng'Weno, C.C., Buskirk, S.W., Georgiadis, N.J., Gituku, B., Kibungei, A.K., Porensky, L.M., Rubenstein, D.I., Goheen, J.R. 2019. Apparent competition, lion predation, and managed livestock grazing: can conservation value be enhanced? Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. 7:123. https://doi.org/10.3389/fevo.2019.00123.

Threshold responses of grassland and sagebrush birds to patterns of disturbance created by an ecosystem engineer Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Duchardt, C.J., Augustine, D.J., Beck, J.L. 2019. Threshold responses of grassland and sagebrush birds to patterns of disturbance created by an ecosystem engineer. Landscape Ecology. 34(4):895-909. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10980-019-00813-y.

Grass-Cast: a new tool to inform drought management in the West - (Abstract Only)

Evaluating composition and conservation value of roadside plant communities in a grassland biome Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Soper, J.M., Raynor, E.J., Wienhold, C., Schacht, W.H. 2019. Evaluating composition and conservation value of roadside plant communities in a grassland biome. Environmental Management. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00267-019-01154-x.

Data management infrastructure: building elements at Central Plains - (Abstract Only)
Kaplan, N.E., Derner, J.D., Vandenberg, B.C., Delgado, J.A., Augustine, D.J., Hoover, D.L., Smith, D.P., Gaffney, R.M. 2019. Data management infrastructure: building elements at Central Plains. Meeting Abstract. Not published.

Designing a platform for ethical citizen science: A case study of CitSci.org Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Lynn, S., Newman, G., Kaplan, N.E., Newman, S., Scarpino, R. 2019. Designing a platform for ethical citizen science: A case study of CitSci.org. Citizen Science: Theory and Practice. 4(1):1-15. https://doi.org/10.5334/cstp.227.

Cattle grazing distribution in shortgrass steppe: Influences of topography and saline soils Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Gersie, S., Augustine, D.J., Derner, J.D. 2019. Cattle grazing distribution in shortgrass steppe: Influences of topography and saline soils. Rangeland Ecology and Management. 72:602-614. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rama.2019.01.009.

Hyperspectral analysis of leaf pigments and nutritional elements in tallgrass prairie vegetation Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Ling, B., Goodin, D., Raynor, E.J., Joem, A. 2019. Hyperspectral analysis of leaf pigments and nutritional elements in tallgrass prairie vegetation. Frontiers in Plant Science. 10(142):1-13. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2019.00142.

A thorny issue: Woody plant defense and growth rates in an East African savanna Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Wigley, B., Coetsee, C., Augustine, D.J., Ratnam, J., Hattas, D., Sankaran, M. 2019. A thorny issue: Woody plant defense and growth rates in an East African savanna. Journal of Ecology. 107:1839-1851. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2745.13140.

Community-engaged research builds a natureculture of hope on multifunctional North America Great Plains rangelands Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Wilmer, H.N., Porensky, L.M., Fernandez-Gimenez, M., Derner, J.D., Ritten, J., Peck, D.E. 2019. Community-engaged research builds a natureculture of hope on multifunctional North America Great Plains rangelands. Social Sciences. 8(1):22. https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci8010022.

Black-tailed prairie dog Cynomys ludovicianus (Sciuridae), metapopulation response to novel sourced conspecific signals Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Connell, L., Porensky, L.M., Chalfoun, A., Scasta, J. 2019. Black-tailed prairie dog Cynomys ludovicianus (Sciuridae), metapopulation response to novel sourced conspecific signals. Journal of Animal Behavior. 150:189-199. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.anbehav.2019.02.004.

Evaluating RZWQM2-CERES-Maize and water production functions for predicting irrigated maize yield and biomass in eastern Colorado Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Sima, N.Q., Andales, A.A., Harmel, R.D., Ma, L., Trout, T.J. 2019. Evaluating RZWQM2-CERES-Maize and water production functions for predicting irrigated maize yield and biomass in eastern Colorado. Transactions of the ASABE. 62(1):1-11. https://doi.org/10.13031/trans.13045.

Does the signature of sea surface temperature anomalies influence livestock production in the Western Great Plains? - (Abstract Only)
Raynor, E.J., Derner, J.D., Augustine, D.J., Chen, M., Parton, W., Hartman, M.D., Wilmer, H.N., Porensky, L.M. 2019. Does the signature of sea surface temperature anomalies influence livestock production in the Western Great Plains?. Society for Range Management Meeting Abstracts. P 83.

Flexible stocking with Grass-Cast: A new grassland productivity forecast to translate climate outlooks with ranchers - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Peck, D.E., Derner, J.D., Parton, W., Hartman, M., Fuchs, B. 2019. Flexible stocking with Grass-Cast: A new grassland productivity forecast to translate climate outlooks with ranchers. Western Agricultural Economics Association. 17(1):24-39.

Assessing the acute safety hazard to highway transportation from blowing dust at Lordsburg Playa, New Mexico - (Proceedings)

Humbled by nature: A rancher’s mental-model of adaptation in the Great Plains Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Wilmer, H.N., Sturrock, J. 2020. Humbled by nature: A rancher’s mental-model of adaptation in the Great Plains. Great Plains Research. 30(1):15-33. https://doi.org/10.1353/gpr.2020.0001.

Economic cost analysis of continuous-season-long versus rotational systems - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Windh, J.L., Ritten, J.P., Derner, J.D., Paisley, S.L., Lee, B.P. 2019. Economic cost analysis of continuous-season-long versus rotational systems. Western Agricultural Economics Association. 17(1):62-72.

Using APAR to predict aboveground plant productivity in semi-arid rangelands: Spatial and temporal relationships differ Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Gaffney, R.M., Porensky, L.M., Gao, F.N., Irisarri, J., Durante, M., Derner, J.D., Augustine, D.J. 2018. Using APAR to predict aboveground plant productivity in semi-arid rangelands: Spatial and temporal relationships differ. Remote Sensing. 10:1474. https://doi.org/10.3390/rs10091474.