Major Responsibilities/Research Interests
Major theme of research is in improving the level of productivity and long-term sustainability of rangeland plant communities and ecosystems. This includes research in rangeland management and planning, monitoring and assessment, as well as rangeland improvement and restoration. Major areas of investigation include the integrated control and management of Canada thistle on pastures using proper fertility, herbicide, and grazing management activities, work on establishing guidelines for applying liquid hog manure to range and pasture, and research into the ecology and management of grazed and burned prairie systems. Other areas of research include riparian area grazing management, forest restoration following ingrowth, assessment of wildlife impacts on range condition, and the evaluation of agro-forestry production systems in Alberta.