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Nancy L. Shaw

Scientist Emeritus

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322 East Front Street, Suite 401
Boise, ID 83702
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208-373-4360
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Current Research

I coordinate the Great Basin Native Plant Selection and Increase Project and JFSP Project: Equipment and Strategies to Enhance the Post-wildfire Establishment and Persistence of Great Basin Native Plants. The focus of this research is on Wyoming big sagebrush communities disturbed or threatened by human activities. Both projects were initiated to foster the development of genetically diverse, regionally adapted native plant materials for use in the Great Basin and to provide information that will be useful to managers when making decisions about selecting appropriate plant materials for seedings. As second major objective is to provide the equipment and techniques required for reestablishing diverse native communities.

Research Interests

My research interests include native seed biology and technology, cultural practices for seed and seedling production, in situ and ex situ plant conservation, species interactions, invasive species biology, and ecological restoration.

Past Research

The cumulative impacts of livestock grazing, exotic invasives, altered fire regimes, increasing human population and climate change have adversely impacted the ecological health and functioning of native communities in the Interior West. This research will provide tools for assessing the recovery potential of disturbed ecosystems. Where active intervention is required, increased knowledge of the environmental requirements of native plants is needed to design restoration plans for repairing damaged ecosystems or moving them toward an altered, but more stable condition. With climate change greater emphasis on ex situ and in situ conservation must included in restoration efforts.

Why This Research is Important

Previous research included shrubland ecology, riparian restoration, and invasive species biology. Co-authored Restoring western ranges and wildlands, a three-volume book on plant materials and techniques for restoration of degraded rangelands in the Intermountain West. Co-editor of symposia proceedings: Sage-grouse habitat restoration and Seed and soil dynamics in shrubland ecosystems. Contributed chapters to the current version of the Woody Plant Seed Manual.

Education

  • College of Idaho, B.S., Zoology, 1965
  • Idaho State University, M.S., Botany, 1976
  • Oregon State University, Ph.D., Seed physiology and technology, 1992
  • Featured Publications

    Publications

    Shaw, Nancy L.; Halford, Anne; McAdoo, J. Kent, 2015. Establishing big sagebrush and other shrubs from planting stock
    Richardson, Bryce A.; Ortiz, Hector G.; Carlson, Stephanie L.; Jaeger, Deidre M.; Shaw, Nancy L., 2015. Genetic and environmental effects on seed weight in subspecies of big sagebrush: Applications for restoration
    Shock, Clinton C.; Feibert, Erik B. G.; Shaw, Nancy L.; Shock, Myrtle P.; Saunders, Lamont D., 2015. Irrigation to enhance native seed production for Great Basin restoration
    Daniels, Amy; Shaw, Nancy L.; Peterson, Dave; Nislow, Keith; Tomosy, Monica; Rowland, Mary, 2014. Facing climate change in forests and fields
    Daniels, Amy; Shaw, Nancy L.; Peterson, Dave; Nislow, Keith; Tomosy, Monica; Rowland, Mary, 2014. Facing climate change in forests and fields: U.S. Forest Service taps into science-management partnerships
    Kilkenny, Francis; Shaw, Nancy L.; Gucker, Corey, 2014. Great Basin Native Plant Project: 2013 Progress Report
    Taylor, Megan M.; Hild, Ann L.; Shaw, Nancy L.; Norton, Urszula; Collier, Timothy R., 2014. Plant recruitment and soil microbial characteristics of rehabilitation seedings following wildfire in northern Utah
    Karrfalt, Robert P.; Shaw, Nancy L., 2013. Banking Wyoming big sagebrush seeds
    St. Clair, John Bradley; Kilkenny, Francis; Johnson, Richard C.; Shaw, Nancy L.; Weaver, George, 2013. Genetic variation in adaptive traits and seed transfer zones for Pseudoroegneria spicata (bluebunch wheatgrass) in the northwestern United States
    Shaw, Nancy L.; Pellant, Mike; Fisk, Matthew R.; Denney, Erin, 2012. A collaborative program to provide native plant materials for the Great Basin
    Shock, Myrtle P.; Shock, Clinton C.; Feibert, Erik G. B.; Shaw, Nancy L.; Saunders, Lamont D.; Sampangi, Ram K., 2012. Cultivation and irrigation of fernleaf biscuitroot (Lomatium dissectum) for seed production
    Tilley, Derek; St. John, Loren; Shaw, Nancy L., 2012. Plant Guide: Arrowleaf balsamroot (Balsamorhiza sagittata [Pursh] Nutt.)
    Tilley, Derek; St. John, Loren; Ogle, Dan; Shaw, Nancy L., 2012. Plant Guide: Blue penstemon (Penstemon cyaneus Pennell)
    Tilley, Derek; St. John, Loren; Ogle, Dan; Shaw, Nancy L., 2012. Plant Guide: Gooseberryleaf globemallow (Sphaeralcea grossulariifolia [Hook. and Arn.] Rydb.)
    Tilley, Derek; Cane, Jim; St. John, Loren; Ogle, Dan; Shaw, Nancy L., 2012. Plant Guide: Yellow beeplant (Cleome lutea Hook)
    Richardson, Bryce A.; Shaw, Nancy L.; Pendleton, Rosemary L., 2012. Plant vulnerabilities and genetic adaptation (Chapter 4)
    Tilley, Derek; St. John, Loren; Ogle, Dan; Shaw, Nancy L.; Cane, Jim, 2012. Propagation protocol for production of Lomatium dissectum (Nutt.) Mathias and Constance seeds
    Tilley, Derek; St. John, Loren; Ogle, Dan; Shaw, Nancy L., 2012. Propagation protocol for production of Lomatium grayi (J. M. Coult. and Rose) seeds
    Tilley, Derek; St. John, Loren; Ogle, Dan; Shaw, Nancy L.; Cane, Jim, 2012. Propagation protocol for production of Lomatium triternatum (Pursh) Coulter and Rose seeds
    Hardegree, Stuart P.; Jones, Thomas A.; Roundy, Bruce A.; Shaw, Nancy L.; Monaco, Thomas A., 2011. Assessment of range planting as a conservation practice [Chapter 4]
    Cox, Robert D.; Kosberg, Lance H.; Shaw, Nancy L.; Hardegree, Stuart P., 2011. Effect of fungicides on Wyoming big sagebrush seed germination
    Shaw, Nancy L.; Newingham, Beth; Ganguli, Amy C.; Hild, Ann L.; Cox, Robert D.; Truax, Jim; Pellant, Mike; Pyke, David; Ogle, Dan, 2011. Equipment and strategies to enhance the post-wildfire establishment and persistence of Great Basin native plants
    Tishew, Sabine; Youtie, Berta; Kirmer, Anita; Shaw, Nancy L., 2011. Farming for restoration: Building bridges for native seeds
    Lambert, Scott M.; Monsen, Stephen B.; Shaw, Nancy L., 2011. Notice of release for Eagle Germplasm western yarrow (selected germplasm, natural track)
    Tilley, Derek; St. John, Loren; Ogle, Dan; Shaw, Nancy L.; Cane, Jim, 2011. Plant Guide: Fernleaf biscuitroot (Lomatium dissectum [Nutt.] Mathias and Constance)
    Tilley, Derek; St. John, Loren; Ogle, Dan; Shaw, Nancy L., 2011. Plant Guide: Nineleaf biscuitroot (Lomatium triternatum [Pursh] Coulter and Rose)
    Tilley, Derek; St. John, Loren; Ogle, Dan; Shaw, Nancy L., 2011. Plant guide: Gray's biscuitroot (Lomatium grayi [J. M. Coult. & Rose.] J.M. Coult. & Rose)
    Tilley, Derek; St. John, Loren; Ogle, Dan; Shaw, Nancy L.; Cane, Jim, 2010. Plant guide: Fernleaf biscuitroot (Lomatium dissectum [Nutt.] Mathias & Constance)
    Tilley, Derek; St. John, Loren; Ogle, Dan; Shaw, Nancy L., 2010. Plant guide: Nineleaf biscuitroot (Lomatium triternatum)
    Hardegree, Stuart P.; Roundy, Bruce A.; Shaw, Nancy L.; Moffet, Corey A.; Monaco, Thomas A.; Jones, Thomas A.; Redente, Edward F., 2009. Assessment of range planting as a conservation practice
    Scholten, Melissa; Donahue, Jacklyn; Shaw, Nancy L.; Serpe, Marcelo D., 2009. Environmental regulation of dormancy loss in seeds of Lomatium dissectum (Apiaceae)
    Hild, Ann L.; Shaw, Nancy L.; Paige, Ginger B.; Williams, Mary I., 2009. Integrated reclamation: Approaching ecological function?
    Shock, Clinton C.; Feibert, Erik; Shaw, Nancy L., 2009. Native perennial forb tolerance to rates and mixtures of postemergence herbicides
    Shock, Clinton C.; Ishida, Joey; Feibert, Erik; Shaw, Nancy L., 2009. Native perennial forb tolerance to repeated annual applications of postemergence herbicides
    Shock, Clint C.; Feibert, Erik; Saunders, Lamont; Shaw, Nancy L., 2009. Native wildflower seed production with limited subsurface drip irrigation
    Tilley, Derek; Ogle, Dan; St. John, Loren; Shaw, Nancy L., 2009. Plant Guide: Royal penstemon: Penstemon speciosus Douglas ex Lindl
    St. John, Loren; Ogle, Dan; Shaw, Nancy L., 2009. Plant guide: Hotrock penstemon: Penstemon deustus Douglas ex Lindl
    Shaw, Nancy L.; Hurd, Emerenciana G., 2008. Chamaebatiaria millefolium (Torr.) Maxim.: fernbush
    Slabaugh, Paul E.; Shaw, Nancy L., 2008. Cotoneaster Medik.: cotoneaster
    Shaw, Nancy L.; Haferkamp, Marshall R.; Hurd, Emerenciana G., 2008. Grayia spinosa (Hook.) Moq.: spiny hopsage
    Shaw, Nancy L.; Hurd, Emerenciana G.; Stickney, Peter F., 2008. Holodiscus (K. Koch) Maxim.: ocean-spray
    Shaw, Nancy L.; Hurd, Emerenciana G.; Stickney, Peter F., 2008. Philadelphus L.: mock orange
    Booth, D. Terrance; Meyer, Susan E.; Shaw, Nancy L., 2008. Purshia DC. ex Poir.: bitterbrush, cliffrose
    Shock, Clint C.; Feibert, Erik; Saunders, Lamont; Shaw, Nancy L., 2008. Subsurface drip irrigation for native wildflower seed production
    Rudolf, Paul O.; Slabaugh, Paul E.; Shaw, Nancy L., 2008. Syringa L.: lilac
    Shaw, Nancy L.; Pendleton, Rosemary L.; Hurd, Emerenciana G., 2008. Zuckia brandegei (Gray) Welsh & Stutz ex Welsh: siltbush
    Kinter, Cecilia Lynn; Mealor, Brian A.; Shaw, Nancy L.; Hild, Ann L., 2007. Postfire invasion potential of rush skeletonweed (Chondrilla juncea)
    Shock, Clinton C.; Feibert, Erik B. G.; Saunders, Lamont D.; Shaw, Nancy L.; DeBolt, Ann, 2007. Seed production of native forbs shows little response to irrigation in a wet year
    St. Clair, J. Bradley; Johnson, G. Randy; Erickson, Vicky J.; Johnson, Richard C.; Shaw, Nancy L., 2007. Seed zones for maintaining adapted plant populations
    Burgess, Leah M.; Hild, Ann L.; Shaw, Nancy L., 2005. Capsule treatments to enhance seedling emergence of Gaura neomexicana ssp
    Shaw, Nancy L.; Lambert, Scott M.; DeBolt, Ann M.; Pellant, Mike, 2005. Increasing Native Forb Seed Supplies for the Great Basin
    Shaw, Nancy L.; DeBolt, Ann M.; Rosentreter, Roger, 2005. Reseeding big sagebrush: Techniques and issues
    Shaw, Nancy L.; Pellant, Mike; Monsen, Stephen B., 2005. Sage-grouse habitat restoration symposium
    Shaw, Nancy L.; Pellant, Mike; Monsen, Stephen B., 2005. Sage-grouse habitat restoration symposium proceedings
    Chambers, Jeanne C.; McArthur, E. Durant; Monson, Steven B.; Meyer, Susan E.; Shaw, Nancy L.; Tausch, Robin J.; Blank, Robert R.; Bunting, Steve; Miller, Richard R.; Pellant, Mike; Roundy, Bruce A.; Walker, Scott C.; Whittaker, Alison, 2005. Sagebrush steppe and pinyon-juniper ecosystems: effects of changing fire regimes, increased fuel loads, and invasive species
    Monsen, Stephen B.; Stevens, Richard; Shaw, Nancy L., 2004. Chapter 18. Grasses
    Shaw, Nancy L.; Monsen, Stephen B.; Stevens, Richard, 2004. Chapter 22. Rosaceous shrubs
    Monsen, Stephen B.; Stevens, Richard; Shaw, Nancy L., 2004. Chapter 23. Shrubs of other families
    Jones, Kimberly L.; Roundy, Bruce A.; Shaw, Nancy L.; Taylor, Jeffrey R., 2004. Environmental effects on germination of Carex utriculata and Carex nebrascensis relative to riparian restoration
    Monsen, Stephen B.; Stevens, Richard; Shaw, Nancy L., 2004. Restoring Western Ranges and Wildlands, vol. 1
    Monsen, Stephen B.; Stevens, Richard; Shaw, Nancy L., 2004. Restoring Western Ranges and Wildlands, vol. 2
    Monsen, Stephen B.; Stevens, Richard; Shaw, Nancy L., 2004. Restoring Western Ranges and Wildlands, vol. 3
    Hild, Ann L.; Shaw, Nancy L.; Meyer, Susan E.; Booth, D. Terrance; McArthur, E. Durant, 2004. Seed and soil dynamics in shrubland ecosystems: proceedings; 2002 August 12-16; Laramie, WY
    Monsen, Stephen B.; Kitchen, Stanley G.; Memmott, Kelly; Shaw, Nancy L.; Pellant, Mike; Young, Stanford; Ogle, Dan; St. John, Loren, 2003. Notice to release Anatone germplasm bluebunch wheatgrass (selected class natural population)
    Wambolt, Carl L.; Harp, Aaron J.; Welch, Bruce L.; Shaw, Nancy L.; Connelly, John W.; Reese, Kerry P.; Braun, Clait E.; Klebenow, Donald A.; McArthur, E. Durant; Thompson, James G.; Torell, L. Allen; Tanaka, John A., 2002. Conservation of greater sage-grouse on public lands in the western U.S.: Implications of recovery and management policies
    Monsen, Stephen B.; Shaw, Nancy L., 2001. Development and use of plant resources for western wildlands
    Liao, Julia D.; Monsen, Stephen B.; Anderson, Val Jo; Shaw, Nancy L., 2000. Seed biology of rush skeletonweed in sagebrush steppe
    Shaw, Nancy L.; Saab, Victoria A.; Monsen, S. B.; Rich, T. D., 1999. Bromus tectorum expansion and biodiversity loss on the Snake River Plain, southern Idaho, USA
    Hurd, Emerenciana G.; Shaw, Nancy L.; Mastrogiuseppe, Joy; Smithman, Lynda C.; Goodrich, Sherel, 1998. Field guide to Intermountain sedges
    Tiedemann, A. R.; Lambert, S. M.; Carlson, J. R.; Perry, C. J.; Shaw, Nancy L.; Welch, B. L.; Driver, C. H., 1997. 'Umatilla' snow buckwheat for rangeland restoration in the interior Pacific Northwest
    Clary, Warren P.; Shaw, Nancy L.; Dudley, Jonathan G.; Saab, Victoria A.; Kinney, John W.; Smithman, Lynda C., 1996. Response of a depleted sagebrush steppe riparian system to grazing control and woody plantings
    Shaw, Nancy L.; Hurd, Emerenciana G.; Haferkamp, Marshall R., 1996. Spiny hopsage fruit and seed morphology
    Hurd, Emerenciana G.; Goodrich, Sherel; Shaw, Nancy L., 1994. Field guide to Intermountain rushes
    Stein, William I.; Danielson, Rodger; Shaw, Nancy L.; Wolff, Scott; Gerdes, David., 1986. Users guide for seeds of western trees and shrubs.
    Rangeland drills to re-establish native plants
    Sagebrush ecosystems of the Great Basin are rapidly being converted to annual grasslands dominated by invasive weeds such as cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum L.) which thrives following wildfire and competes with native plants. Restoring diverse plant communities containing perennial grasses, shrubs and forbs is an important priority in this region. Scientists in Boise have partnered with public and private agencies to evaluate the effectiveness of seeding techniques designed to re-establish native plants following fire.
    The cycle of annual weed invasion and wildfire has altered large expanses of western shrublands, disrupted ecosystem functioning, and increased wildfire size, intensity, and frequency.  These impacts are costly in terms of losses to native species and ecosystems, and also in risks to human life and property and wildfire-associated expenditures.  Post-fire rehabilitation provides an opportunity to stabilize and revegetate at-risk shrublands.

    National Strategic Program Areas: 
    Invasive Species; Resource Management and Use; Wildlife and Fish
    RMRS Science Program Areas: 
    Grassland, Shrubland and Desert Ecosystems