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Albuquerque Forestry Sciences Laboratory
333 Broadway SE. Suite 115
Albuquerque, NM 87102-3497
Phone: 505-724-3660
Fax: 505-724-3688

Paulette L. Ford

p.ford imageResearch Ecologist
Ph.D. University of Arizona, 2000
plford[at]fs.fed.us
505-724-3670

Research Interests

The role of disturbance, (i.e., fire, drought, infestations, pathogens), in structuring grassland, desert, and woodland communities; scale and ecosystem resilience.

Current Studies

Effects of Season and Frequency of Fire in Shortgrass Steppe of the southern Great Plains. This long-term,18-year experimental fire research examines the response of multiple ecosystem components to fire, including soil and plant nutrient cycling, and small mammal and invertebrate community structure. The study is in the 12th year.

Reintroduction of the native grama grasses, Bouteloua eriopoda and Bouteloua gracilis, after experimental seasonal fires to restore and rehabilitate Chihuahuan Desert grasslands and rangelands.

Impact of a Drought, Bark Beetle, and Fungus on Piñon-Juniper Woodland Ecosystems in the Middle Rio Grande Basin.

Professional Activities

Research Representative, National Grasslands Council

Adjunct Professor, School of Forestry, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff.

Links

Ecosystem Services from National Grasslands

Encyclopedia of Life support Systems (EOLSS)

Selected Publications

Ford, P. L. 1999. Response of buffalograss (Buchloe dactyloides) and blue grama (Bouteloua gracilis) to fire. Great Plains Research 9:261-276.

Ford, P. L. 2001. Biodiversity and fire in shortgrass steppe. Pp. 884-5 In: Grassland Ecosystems, An Outlook into the 21st Century. Proceedings XIX International Grassland Congress. Sao Paolo, Brazil, February 21-28, 2001.

Ford, P. L. 2001. Scale, ecosystem resilience, and fire in shortgrass steppe. Pp 447-456. In: Ecosystems and Sustainable Development III. C.A. Brebbia, Y. Villacampa, and J-L Uso (eds.). Series: Advances in Ecological Sciences, Vol 10. WITPress Southampton, Boston. 824 pp.

Ford, P. L. 2002. Small-mammal community response to fire in shortgrass steppe of the southern Great Plains. Pages 155-157 in Field, R., R. J. Warren, H. Okarma, and P. R. Sievert, editors. 2001. Wildlife, land, and people: priorities for the 21st century. Proceedings of the Second International Wildlife Management Congress. The Wildlife Society, Bethesda, Maryland, USA.

Ford, P. L. 2002. Grasslands and savannas. 20 Pp In: Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems. UNESCO, http://www.eolss.net/. Encyclopedia Chapter.

Ford, Paulette L. 2003. Steppe plant response to seasonal fire Proceedings of the VIIth International Rangelands Congress, 26th July - 1st August 2003, Durban, South Africa. p. 1125-1131. http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/9296

Ford, P. L., R. A. Fagerlund, D. W. Duszynski, and P. J. Polechla. 2004. Fleas and lice of mammals in New Mexico. RMRS-GTR-123. Fort Collins, CO. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 57 pp. http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/6319

Ford, P. L., D. U. Potter, R. Pendleton, B. Pendleton, W. A. Robbie, and G. J. Gottfried. 2004. Chapter 3: Southwestern Grassland Ecology. Pp. 18-48. In: An Assessment of Grassland Ecosystem Conditions in the Southwest. USDA Forest Service Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-135. http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/7397

Ford, P.L.; White, C.S. 2005. Fire and nutrient cycling in shortgrass steppe of the southern Great Plains, USA In: O'Mara, F.P.; Wilkins, R.J.; 't Mannetje, L.; Lovett, D.K.; Rogers, P.A.M.; Boland, T.M., editors. XX International Grassland Congress: Offered Papers, XX International Grassland Congress, June 26 - July 1, 2005, Dublin, Ireland. p. 744. http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/21495

Ford, P. L. and G. V. Johnson. 2006. Effects of dormant- vs growing season fire in shortgrass steppe: biological soil crust and perennial grass responses. Journal of Arid Environments 6:1-14. http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/24972

Ford, P. L. and N. J. Scott, Jr. 2006. Community level analysis of opportunistically-breeding anurans in western Mexico. Herpetological Natural History 9(2):177-182. http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/22221

Ford, Paulette L. 2007. Shared community patterns following experimental fire in a semiarid grassland In: Proceedings of the 4th International Wildland Fire Conference; May 13-17 2007; Seville, Spain. http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/27706

Northcott, Jason; Andersen, Mark C.; Roemer, Gary W.; Fredrickson, Ed L.; DeMers, Michael; Truett, Joe; Ford, Paulette L. 2008. Spatial analysis of effects of mowing and burning on colony expansion in reintroduced black-tailed prairie dog (Cynomys ludovicianus) Restoration Ecology. 16(3): 495-502. http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/29162

Facka, A. N., P. L. Ford and G. W. Roemer. 2008. A novel approach for assessing density and range-wide abundance of prairie dogs. Journal of Mammalogy 89(2):356-364. http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/29862

Clifford, Michael J.; Rocca, Monique E.; Delph, Robert; Ford, Paulette L.; Cobb, Neil S. 2008. Drought induced tree mortality and ensuing bark beetle outbreaks in southwestern pinyon-juniper woodlands In: Gottfried, Gerald J.; Shaw, John D.; Ford, Paulette L., compilers. 2008. Ecology, management, and restoration of piņon-juniper and ponderosa pine ecosystems: combined proceedings of the 2005 St. George, Utah and 2006 Albuquerque, New Mexico workshops. Proceedings RMRS-P-51. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 39-51. http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/31240

Gottfried, Gerald J.; Shaw, John D.; Ford, Paulette L., compilers 2008. Ecology, management, and restoration of piņon-juniper and ponderosa pine ecosystems: combined proceedings of the 2005 St. George, Utah and 2006 Albuquerque, New Mexico workshops Proceedings RMRS-P-51. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 218 p. http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/31158

a more complete list of my publications is availablble from FSINFO