GSDUpdate: Year in Review: Spotlight on 2012 Research
we look back at selected studies of the Grassland, Shrubland and Desert Ecosystem
Science Program (GSD) that depict its strengths and focus areas. Significant results of recent research and science
applications by GSD scientists are highlighted. We identify where program research lines up with the strategic priorities of
the USDA Forest Service and the Rocky Mountain Research Station. In particular, we spotlight accomplishments in
understanding and controlling invasive plant species;
assessing changes in ecosystems and landscapes caused by disturbances and stressors such as fire,
climate change and their interactions;
evaluating methods to monitor and support rare native species and biodiversity; and
developing approaches for restoring ecosystems and landscapes to improve their resiliency.
Welcome to the Grassland, Shrubland and Desert Ecosystems (GSD) Program of the Rocky Mountain Research Station.
The Big Picture
Grassland, shrubland, and desert ecosystems are under threat from disturbances, invasive species, and climate change. These ecosystems provide considerable value in the form of wildlife habitat, clean air and water, biological diversity and recreation.
What We Do
We develop and deliver scientific knowledge, technology and tools that will enable people to sustain and restore grasslands, shrublands, and deserts under increasing threats from expanding human-related uses, invasive species, changing disturbance patterns, and climate changes.
Research by Subject Area
Our scientists perform relevant and timely research in five focal areas: disturbance, invasive species, restoration, ecosystem sustainability and management, and climate change.
Research by Ecoregions
Our science teams perform research in three ecoregions in western North America and other ecosystems around the world. These eco-regions cover vast areas of the western landscapes where our teams tackle multiple threats to ecosystem sustainability.
Who We Are
The GSD program consists of scientists, professionals, technicians and support staff with diverse expertise in the biological, social, and natural resource sciences. We work in collaboration with universities, municipal, state and federal natural resources agencies, non-government organizations, and other research and management institutions. Members of the GSD staff are located at 7 laboratories in 6 states in the intermountain West (Provo, UT, Reno, NV), Rocky Mountains (Boise and Moscow, ID), northern Great Plains (Bozeman, MT, Rapid City, SD), and American Southwest (Albuquerque, NM). GSD employees also manage the Great Basin Experimental Range and the Desert Experimental Range and serve as liaisons to research natural areas within the geographic region covered by the Rocky Mountain Research Station.