Res. Landscape Planner
Lincoln, NE 68583-0822
Phone: 402-437-5178 x4018
Contact Gary Bentrup
My research focuses on four interrelated areas: 1) the application of conservation buffers to provide multiple landscape services; 2) development and evaluation of evidence-based tools for planning and designing multifunctional agricultural landscapes; 3) agroforestry's potential role in adapting to climate change and extreme weather events; and 4) theory and principles for effective science delivery.
Agroforestry, agricultural land use, multifunctional landscapes, science delivery, conservation buffers, landscape planning and design
Why This Research is Important
Over 50% percent of land use in the U.S. is dedicated to some form of agricultural production. How we manage farms and ranches plays a critical role in determining the ecosystem services we can expect from these working landscapes. One key option in the toolbox is agroforestry—the intentional combination of agriculture and forestry to create an integrated and sustainable land-use system. Research lays the foundation for creating agroforestry systems that provide multiple benefits for landowners and society.
- Utah State University, M.L.A Landscape Architecture, 1999
- Kansas State University, B.L.A Landscape Architecture, 1992
- Adjunct Professor, University of Nebraska, Department of Agronomy and Horticulture
2007 - Current
- Research Landscape Planner, USDA National Agroforestry Center
1999 - Current
- Landscape Architect/Wetland Specialist, Willow Creek Ecology, Mendon, UT
1997 - 1999
- Landscape Architect/Wetland Specialist, Aquatic and Wetland Consultants, Boulder, CO.
1994 - 1996
- American Society Of Landscape Architects, Member (2009 - Current)
- Soil And Water Conservation Society Of America, Member (2002 - Current)
- International Association for Landscape Ecology, Member (2000 - Current)
Awards & Recognition
- USFS R&D Deputy Chief's Science Delivery Award, 2012
For outstanding initiative and creativity in science delivery
- Southern Research Station Director's Award - Technology Transfer, 2009
For outstanding initiative and creativity in developing a field book of science-based guidelines for conservation buffer planning and design.
- USDA Two Chiefs' Partnership Award, 2006
For collaborative work on developing the CanVis Visual Simulation Kit
- The Wildlife Society - Outstanding Book Award, 2001
For co-authorship of the publication entitled "Conservation Corridor Planning at the Landscape Level: Managing for Wildlife Habitat".
Featured Publications & Products
- Schoeneberger, M.; Bentrup, Gary; , . 2012. Branching out: Agroforestry as a climate change mitigation and adaptation tool for agriculture.
- Dosskey, M.G.; Bentrup, Gary; Schoeneberger, Michele. 2012. A role for agroforestry in forest restoration in the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley, Journal of Forestry 110(1):48-55.
- Dosskey, Mike; Wells, Gary; Bentrup, Gary; Wallace, Doug. 2012. Enhancing ecosystem services: Designing for multifunctionality.
- Bentrup, Gary; Kellerman, Todd. 2004. Where should buffers go? modeling riparian habitat connectivity in northeast Kansas.
Publications & Products
- Bentrup, G. 2014. A Win-Win on Agricultural Lands: Creating Wildlife Habitat through Agroforestry.
- Bentrup, Gary; Opdam, P.; Nassauer, J.L.; Wang, Z.; Albert, C.; Castella, J.C.; McAlpine, C.; Liu, J.; Sheppard, S.; Swaffield, S. 2013. Science for action at the local landscape scale..
- Dosskey, Michael G.; Bentrup, Gary; Schoeneberger, Michele. 2012. A Role for Agroforestry in Forest Restoration in the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley.
- Bentrup, Gary. 2007. Buffer$--An Economic Analysis Tool.
- Bentrup, Gary; Wells, Gary. 2005. Picture this.
- Bentrup, Gary; Schoeneberger, Michele; Dosskey, Mike; Wells, Gary; Kellerman, Todd. 2005. Tool time: melding watershed and site goals on private lands.
- Bentrup, Gary. 2005. Visualizing agroforestry alternatives or pixel this!.
- Bentrup, Gary; Leininger, Tim. 2002. Agroforestry: mapping the way with GIS.
- Bentrup, Gary; Schoeneberger, Michele; Josiah, Scott; Francis, Charles. 2001. Ecobelts: reconnecting agriculture and communities - case studies.
- Bentrup, Gary. 2001. Evaluation of a collaborative model: a case study analysis of watershed planning in the intermountain west.
Buffer Guidelines: This field guidebook was promotes multifunctional landscape management through a concise yet comprehensive and easy-to-unders ...