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Brice Hanberry

Brice Hanberry

Research Ecologist
8221 Mt. Rushmore Rd.
Rapid City
South Dakota
United States

Phone: 605-716-2205
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Current Research

I am a Research Ecologist with the Maintaining Resilient Dryland Ecosystems program of the Rocky Mountain Research Station. My interests include understanding ecosystems under different drivers and integrating ecosystem changes with ecosystem and wildlife management at multiple scales across many extents. Current research involves historical ecosystems of open forests maintained by fire, tree biomass simulations under climate change, and juniper tree encroachment in grasslands and shrublands.

Research Interests

Analysis and management of disturbance effects including fire and fire exclusion, climate change, and land use on terrestrial ecosystems, natural resources, and wildlife at multiple scales, with particular focus on open oak and pine ecosystems. Oak and pine savannas and woodlands are part of a continuum between grasslands and closed forests. The unique bipartite characteristics of grasslands with a tree overstory are not recognized and therefore, undervalued for conservation and management.

Past Research

My past research ranges across many topics, including forests, wildlife, fire, and climate during postgraduate work at University of Missouri and graduate work at Mississippi State University.

Why This Research is Important

Open forests and grasslands have decreased by >98% in the eastern US, while in the Great Plains and western US, open forests and grasslands also have decreased. Birds, pollinators, plants, and other associated species have decreased with habitat loss and fragmentation at landscape scales, and degradation within remnants.


  • Mississippi State University, Ph.D. Forest Resources 2007
  • Southern Illinois University, M.A. Biological Sciences 2003

Professional Experience

  • Research Associate, University of Missouri
    2008 - 2016

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Research Highlights


Energy Development in the Great Plains

U.S. coal, oil, natural gas, and wind energy are concentrated in the grassland states. As energy demand continues to increase, increasing press ...


New Products Improve National Response to Drought on Rangelands

The epic droughts of 2018 in the Southwestern U.S. devastated landscapes and economies alike. The Rangeland Production Monitoring Service was ...


Plateaus Science Synthesis: A Scientific Foundation for Future Land Management Planning

The Northeastern California plateaus bioregion science synthesis (Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-409) has a northeastern California focus on sagebrus ...


Last updated on : 11/17/2021