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Grainy Matt Reeves

Matt C. Reeves

Research Ecologist
PO Box 7669
Missoula, MT 59807
Phone: 406-546-5875
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Current Research

I am a Post-Doctoral Research Ecologist with the Human Dimensions Program at Rocky Mountain Research Station. I specialize in use of remote sensing and GIS to facilitate evaluation of contemporary issues facing US rangelands. I serve on the Sustainable Rangelands Roundtable, am a member of the RPA scientists' cadre. My research portfolio consists of a variety of subjects spanning 4 disciplines: 1) Climate Change 2) Decision Support Tools 3) Inventory and Monitoring and 4) Threat Assessment. I serve on the Sustainable Rangelands Roundtable (http://sustainablerangelands.org/) and am a member of the RPA scientist cadre.

Research Interests

Climate Change Effects on Rangeland Productivity; Vulnerability of livestock production to climate change; Vulnerability of elk populations in the Northern Rockies to climate change; Development of the Rangeland Vegetation Simulator: FVS extension; Use of remote sensing for inter-annually updating fine fuels on US rangelands; Inventory and monitoring of US rangelands; Determining the ecological footprint of herbivory on US rangelands; Rangelands on the Edge: Mapping human modification, fragmentation, and forecasting residential; Quantifying degradation of US rangelands

Past Research

My past research has been very diverse ranging from evaluating big game habitat suitability models and creating vegetation classifications in southwestern ecosystems to mapping wildland fuels for the coterminous US. Nearly all my work has been completed in a spatially explicit manner.

Why This Research is Important

This research is important because we do not understand the effects of climate change or how rangelands are vulnerable. The high expense of suppression and large loss of resources obviate the need for more timely, accurate and useful spatially explicit fuel data for estimating the effects and behavior of fires in rangeland settings. My research is helping improve this situation and we have developed cutting age mapping algorithms producing state-of-the-science fuel maps for all rangelands in the coterminous US.

Education

  • Washington State University, BS Rangeland Management, 1995
  • Arizona State University, MS Environmental Resources, 1999
  • University of Montana, Ph.D. Remote Sensing and Ecological Modeling, 2004

Professional Experience

  • Research Ecologist, US Forest Service
    2009 - Current
    I am a Research Ecologist specializing in rangelands
  • Instructor for Principles of Rangeland Managament , University of Montana
    2012 - 2012
    I taught Principles of Rangeland Managament in Fall Semester of 2012. I led students on 5 field trips evaluating rangeland health, elk habitat, monitoring techniques and ecological sites.
  • Fuels Team Leader for the LANDFIRE Project, US Forest Service
    2004 - 2009
    I was the lead spatial analyst and team leader for the LANDFIRE project
  • Consultant for rangeland wildlife habitats, Self
    1995 - 1996
    I was a consultant who worked to providing habitat assessments for elk, mule deer and lekking birds in in rangelanlds.

Professional Organizations

  • University Of Montana, Adjunct Faculty (2012 - Current)
    Adjunct professor, sponsoring students, joint ventures and lecturer
  • Society For Range Management, Board Member (2002 - Current)
    Event organizer and active member on GIS and Remote Sensing and Inventory and Monitoring Committees

Awards & Recognition

  • Certificate of Merit for scientific leadership of the rangeland component for the RPA Assessment, 2011
    Certificate of Merit for scientific leadership of the rangeland component for the USDA FS 2010 RPA Assessment Report from Tom Tidwell, chief of the US Forest Service
  • Meritorious award for completion of LANDFIRE project awarded by Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory, 2009
    Meritorious award for completion of LANDFIRE project awarded by Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory
  • Meritorious award for completion of LANDFIRE project awarded by Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory, 2009
    Meritorious award for completion of LANDFIRE project awarded by Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory
  • Award for outstanding service awarded by US Forest Service Fire and Aviation Management. , 2005
    Award for outstanding service awarded by US Forest Service Fire and Aviation Management.
  • Outstanding Graduate Student, 1999
    I was voted the outstanding graduate student at Arizona State Univeristy in the Department of Architecture and Environmental Design
  • Outstanding Range Management Senior, 1995
    I was voted the outstanding senior at Washington State Univeristy

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Last updated on : 08/08/2014