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  Shrubland Biology
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Boise Aquatic Sciences Lab
322 East Front Street
Suite 401
Boise, ID  83702

(208) 373-4340
(208) 373-4391 (FAX)

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Grassland, Shrubland and Desert Ecosystem Research Program

Jeff Ott, Postdoctoral Researcher

email: jeott [at]
phone: (208) 373-4353

B.S., Conservation Biology, Brigham Young University
M.S., Botany, Brigham Young University

Ph.D., Biology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Research Interests
I am interested in the effects of fire and other disturbances on plant communities of the Intermountain West, and the effectiveness of post-fire seeding for establishing perennial plants and reducing proliferation of annual weeds. I am currently involved in a collaborative study of seeding techniques, Equipment and strategies to enhance post-wildfire establishment and persistence of Great Basin native plants.

I am also interested in modeling distributions of communities, species and ecotypes in relation to climate and other environmental factors. I am involved in the development and application of novel clustering methods for community analysis; using plant species occurrence data to understand geographic ranges as a participant of the NCEAS working group Botanical Ecology and Information Network; and assisting in seed zone research for the Great Basin native species, bluebunch wheatgrass (Pseudoroegneria spicata).

Selected Publications

Ott, J. E.; McArthur, E. D.; Sanderson, S. C. 2011. Vegetation dynamics at a Mojave Desert restoration site, 1992-2007. In: Wambolt, C. L.; Kitchen, S. G.; Frisina, M. R.; Sowell, B.; Keigley, R. B.; Palacios, P.; Robinson, J., comps. Proceedings Shrublands: wildlands and wildlife habitats; 2008 June 17-19; Bozeman, MT. NREI, volume XVI. S.J. and Jessie E. Quinney Natural Resources Research Library; Logan, Utah. p. 105-120.


Sanderson, S. C.; Ott, J. E.; McArthur, E. D.; Harper, K. T. 2006. RCLUS, a new program for clustering associated species: a demonstration using a Mojave Desert plant community dataset. Western North American Naturalist. 66: 285-297.


Ott, J. E.; McArthur, E. D.; Roundy, B. A. 2003. Vegetation of chained and non-chained seedings after wildfire in Utah. Journal of Range Management. 56: 81-91.


Ott, J. E.; Sanderson, S. C.; McArthur, E. D. 2001. Plant community dynamics of burned and unburned sites in the sagebrush and pinyon-juniper zones of the Great Basin. In: McArthur, E.D.; Fairbanks, D.J., comps. Shrubland ecosystem genetics and biodiversity: proceedings; 2000 June 13-15; Provo, UT. Proc. RMRS-P-21. Ogden UT: USDA, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 177-191.

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