Science and Solutions for the Range
The Rangeland Center is committed to using science to find solutions for today’s rangelands. Our members are university faculty, extension professionals, researchers and staff with expertise in a wide range of intersecting fields and specialties. As a center, our focus on creating collaborative opportunities has generated crosscutting studies that address key issues for Idaho’s rangelands.
Our research areas are diverse, connecting multiple aspects of rangeland uses and management. Past and present studies span across disciplines and focus areas, from wildlife and range ecology, invasive weeds, and water resources to livestock management and behavior, new technology, and impacts of rangeland activities.
Research is Shedding Light on the Attributes of Cattle that Thrive in Rangeland Conditions
A team led by Dr. Jim Sprinkle is studying cow movements and behavior to identify cows that thrive on Idaho’s range – and for the unique genetic markers that make them so efficient.
Understanding the Effects of Annual Invasive Grasses on Rangelands and Wildfire
Annual invasive grasses are one of the greatest challenges in today's rangelands. Georgia Harrison, Ph.D Candidate in Plant Sciences, is working with Rangeland Center Member Dr. Tim Prather to research how invasive grasses are changing rangelands and wildfire behavior.
Photo courtesy of USDA/NRCS.
A Virtual Fence to Meet the Challenge of Idaho's Rangelands
Rangeland Center Director Dr. Karen Launchbaugh is leading efforts to design virtual fence technology designed with Idaho’s rugged, remote terrain in mind.
Restoring riparian habitat through Beaver Dam Analogs
Dr. Jason Karl, Dr. Melinda Ellison, and Dr. Charles Goebel, and Eric Winford, Rangeland Center Associate Director, work with a team to restore degraded stream systems with artificial beaver dams, improving riparian habitat and boosting late-season water supply on the range.
A 10-year Study to Understand the Relationship Between Livestock Grazing and Greater Sage-Grouse Populations
Rangeland Center Members are at the helm of 10-year study on effects of livestock grazing on Greater Sage Grouse populations.
Photo courtesy of Tom Koerner/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Assessing the Effectiveness of New Herbicides for Managing Invasive Weeds on Rangelands
Dr. Tim Prather, Rangeland Center Senior Associate Director, works with Center Member and Research Associate Lisa Jones to assess the effectiveness of indaziflam for managing invasive weeds in rangelands with aerial application.
Photo courtesy of Jaepil Cho.