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Burton K. Pendleton

Burton Pendleton

Scientist Emeritus

Address: 
333 Broadway SE, Suite 115
Albuquerque, NM 87102-3407
Phone: 
505-724-3674
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505-724-3688
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Current Research

Analyzing and providing ecological context for the inventory and monitoring program of the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area in southern Nevada's Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. This program monitors ecosystems, rare species, and Spring Mountains endemic species.Regeneration biology of blackbrush (Coleogyne ramosissima: Rosaceae).Creosote community expansion into semi-arid grasslands, including pollination and gene flow at the shrubland/grassland ecotone and use of prescribed fire as a management tool to slow shrub expansion and maintain healthy grasslands. The effects of climate change on geographic shifts among southwestern plant communities.

Research Interests

Ecotone shifts; climate change; monitoring rare species during times of climate change; plant reproductive biology and establishment ecology; inventory and monitoring systems.

Past Research

Reproductive biology of Atriplex spp. Blackbrush reproduction and establishment. Floral biology of alpine meadow plants. Effects of VA mycorrhizae and biological soil crusts on growth of selected desert plant species.

Why This Research is Important

Resource managers need sound data and information in order to manage rare species and maintain the biological and recreational resources for future generations. Plant communities are under pressure from invasives and increased fire frequency, particularly shrub communities in the Western US. Research information is required to restore and maintain these communities.

Education

  • Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, B.S., Botany, 1977
  • Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, M.S., Botany, 1981
  • Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, Ph.D., Biological Sciences, 1990
  • Featured Publications

    Publications

    Pendleton, Rosemary L.; Pendleton, Burton K.; Meyer, Susan E.; Richardson, Bryce A.; Esque, Todd; Kitchen, Stanley G., 2015. Blackbrush (Coleogyne ramosissima Torr.): State of our knowledge and future challenges [Chapter 10]
    Meyer, Susan E.; Pendleton, Burton K., 2015. Evolutionary drivers of mast-seeding in a long-lived desert shrub
    Richardson, Bryce A.; Kitchen, Stanley G.; Pendleton, Rosemary L.; Pendleton, Burton K.; Germino, Matthew J.; Rehfeldt, Gerald E.; Meyer, Susan E., 2014. Adaptive responses reveal contemporary and future ecotypes in a desert shrub
    Pendleton, Burton K.; Chambers, Jeanne C.; Brooks, Matthew L.; Ostoja, Steven M., 2013. Ecosystem stressors in southern Nevada [Chapter 2] (Executive Summary)
    Solem, Stephen J.; Pendleton, Burton K.; Giffen, Casey; Coles-Ritchie, Marc; Ledbetter, Jeri; McKelvey, Kevin S.; Berg, Joy; Menlove, James S.; Woodlief, Carly K.; Boehnke, Luke A., 2013. Final Program Report for 2010-2012: Monitoring and evaluation for conserving biological resources of the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area
    Chambers, Jeanne C.; Pendleton, Burton K.; Sada, Donald W.; Ostoja, Steven M.; Brooks, Matthew L., 2013. Maintaining and restoring sustainable ecosystems in southern Nevada [Chapter 7]
    Chambers, Jeanne C.; Pendleton, Burton K.; Sada, Donald W.; Ostoja, Steven M.; Brooks, Matthew L.., 2013. Maintaining and restoring sustainable ecosystems in southern Nevada [Chapter 7] (Executive Summary)
    Miller, Sue; Meyer, Susan E.; Richardson, Bryce A.; Pendleton, Rosemary L.; Pendleton, Burton K.; Kitchen, Stanley G., 2013. Science You Can Use Bulletin: Upwardly mobile in the western U.S. desert: Blackbrush shrublands respond to a changing climate
    Pendleton, Burton K.; Chambers, Jeanne C.; Brooks, Mathew L.; Ostoja, Steven M., 2013. Southern Nevada ecosystem stressors [Chapter 2]
    Ostoja, Steven M.; Brooks, Mathew L.; Chambers, Jeanne C.; Pendleton, Burton K., 2013. Species of conservation concern and environmental stressors: Local regional and global effects [Chapter 6]
    Ostoja, Steven M.; Brooks, Matthew L.; Chambers, Jeanne C.; Pendleton, Burton K., 2013. Species of conservation concern and environmental stressors: Local, regional and global effects [Chapter 6] (Executive Summary)
    Chambers, Jeanne C.; Brooks, Matthew L.; Pendleton, Burton K.; Raish, Carol B., 2013. The Southern Nevada Agency Partnership Science and Research Synthesis: Science to support land management in Southern Nevada
    Solem, Stephen J.; Pendleton, Burton K.; Woldow, Julie A.; Coles-Ritchie, Marc; Ledbetter, Jeri; McKelvey, Kevin S.; Berg, Joy; Gilboy, Amy; Menlove, Jim; Woodlief, Carly K., 2012. 2011 Annual Report: Monitoring and evaluation for conserving biological resources of the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area
    Ford, Paulette L.; Chambers, Jeanne C.; Coe, Sharon J.; Pendleton, Burton K., 2012. Disturbance and Climate Change in the Interior West (Chapter 6)
    Pendleton, Rosemary L.; Pendleton, Burton K.; Meyer, Susan E.; Carlson, Stephanie L.; Morrison, Elizabeth, 2012. Viability of Blackbrush seed (Coleogyne ramosissima Torr. [Rosaceae]) following long-term storage
    Sommers, William D.; Howery, Larry D.; Pendleton, Rosemary L.; Lee, Richard D.; Pendleton, Burton K., 2011. Applying the successional weed management model for revegetating a yellow starthistle-infested dryland pasture in the Chihuahuan Desert
    Pendleton, Rosemary L.; Pendleton, Burton K.; Warren, Steven D.; Johansen, Jeffrey R.; St. Clair, Larry L., 2007. Shrub establishment in the presence of cheatgrass: The effect of soil microorganisms
    White, Carleton S.; Pendleton, Rosemary L.; Pendleton, Burton K., 2006. Response of two semiarid grasslands to a second fire application
    Ford, Paulette L.; Potter, Deborah U.; Pendleton, Rosemary L.; Pendleton, Burton K.; Robbie, Wayne A.; , 2004. Southwestern Grassland Ecology
    Pendleton, Rosemary L.; Pendleton, Burton K.; Howard, G. L.; Warren, S. D., 2003. Growth and nutrient content of herbaceous seedlings associated with biological soil crusts
    The distribution of plant species and populations will likely be reshaped as climate changes. In the intermountain West, shrub species play critical roles in desert and semi-desert ecosystem function.

    RMRS Science Program Areas: 
    Grassland, Shrubland and Desert Ecosystems