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Gary Bentrup

Gary Bentrup

Res. Landscape Planner
East Campus
Lincoln, NE 68583-0822
Phone: 402-437-5178 x4018


Current Research

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. 

Research Interests

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.

Education

  • Utah State University, M.L.A Landscape Architecture, 1999
  • Kansas State University, B.L.A Landscape Architecture, 1992

Professional Experience

  • 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

Professional Organizations

  • 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

Publications & Products

Research Highlights

HighlightTitleYear


SRS-2010-014
Buffer Guidelines

Buffer Guidelines: This field guidebook was promotes multifunctional landscape management through a concise yet comprehensive and easy-to-unders ...

2010


Last updated on : 10/01/2014