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Matt Reeves

Matt C. Reeves

Research Ecologist
800 East Beckwith Avenue
Missoula
Montana
United States
59801-5801

Phone: 406-546-5875
Fax: 406-543-2663
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Current Research

I am a Research Ecologist with the Human Dimensions Program at Rocky Mountain Research Station. I specialize in use of remote sensing and GIS to facilitate evaluation of contemporary issues facing US rangelands. I am keenly interested in facilitating management and administration of our Nations’ rangelands and am pursuing numerous efforts to partner with the National Forest System to improve the quality and usefulness of Forest Plan Revisions. An example of spatially explicit information describing rangeland trends can be found at: https://doi.org/10.2737/RDS-2017-0004. My research portfolio spans 4 themes:

  • Climate Change
  • Decision Support Tools
  • Inventory and Monitoring
  • Threat Assessment
  • I am the Forest Service liaison to the Northern Plains Regional Climate Hub, and I serve on the Sustainable Rangelands Roundtable (http://sustainablerangelands.org/) while being a member of the Resources Planning Act (RPA) scientist cadre.

    Reeves, Matthew C.; Krebs, Michael; Leinwand, Ian; Theobald, David M.; Mitchell, John E. 2018. Rangelands on the Edge: Quantifying the modification, fragmentation, and future residential development of U.S. rangelands. Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-382. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 31 p. Reeves, Matt C.; Manning, Mary E.; DiBenedetto, Jeff P.; Palmquist, Kyle A.; Lauenroth, William K.; Bradford, John B.; Schlaepfer, Daniel R. 2018. Effects of climate change on rangeland vegetation in the Northern Rockies Region [Chapter 7]. In: Halofsky, Jessica E.; Peterson, David L.; Dante-Wood, S. Karen; Hoang, Linh; Ho, Joanne J.; Joyce, Linda A., eds. Climate change vulnerability and adaptation in the Northern Rocky Mountains [Part 2]. Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-374. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 275-316. Reeves, Matthew Clark; Bagne, Karen E.; Tanaka, John. 2017. Potential climate change impacts on four biophysical indicators of cattle production from western US rangelands. Rangeland Ecology and Management. 70(5): 529-539.

    Research Interests

    Developing novel rangeland analysis tools aimed at helping managers and regional stakeholders to make more cost effective and efficacious management decisions. The latest of these is the Rangeland Production Monitoring Service (RPMS) offering both retrospective analysis and in season projections of forage. This novel new service provides unprecedented analysis across US rangelands for managers, producers and all stakeholders.  In addition, I am focused on climate change effects on rangeland and livestock; Development of simulation models for understanding effects of management and climate on vegetation performance and subsequent fuelbed properties; Use of remote sensing for wide area and inter-annual quantification of fuels on US rangelands and Inventory and monitoring of US rangelands.

    Reeves, Matt; Frid, Leonardo. 2016. The Rangeland Vegetation Simulator: A user-driven system for quantifying production, succession, disturbance and fuels in non-forest environments. In: Iwaasa, Alan; Lardner, H. A. (Bart); Schellenberg, Mike; Willms, Walter; Larson, Kathy, eds. Proceedings of the 10th International Rangelands Congress: The Future Management of Grazing and Wild Lands in a High-Tech World; 16-22 July, 2016; Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The International Rangeland Congress. p. 1062-1063.

    Reeves, Matthew C.; Ryan, Kevin C.; Rollins, Matthew G.; Thompson, Thomas G. 2009. Spatial fuel data products of the LANDFIRE Project. International Journal of Wildland Fire. 18: 250-267.

    Reeves, Matthew C.; Bagget, L. Scott. 2014. A remote sensing protocol for identifying rangelands with degraded productive capacity. Ecological Indicators. 43: 172-182.

    Past Research

    My past research has been diverse ranging from evaluating big game habitat and creating vegetation classifications in southwestern ecosystems to mapping wildland fuels for the coterminous US. I have developed a significant number of geospatial models and quantitative prediction systems using remote sensing as a primary driver.

    Why This Research is Important

    Budgets for land management activities are shrinking while escalating wildfire costs make future prioritization of projects increasingly more important. There is a paucity of decision support tools and quantitative models aimed at improving and predicting management outcomes, or climatic change. The great uncertainty regarding probable management efficacy (especially when complicated by greater climatic uncertainty), large loss of resources from wildfires, and increasing emphasis on key species such as sage grouse obviate the need for more timely, accurate and useful spatially explicit information. My research is helping improve this situation and I have developed ecological simulation and mapping protocols for understanding climatic change and management effects on rangeland ecosystems.

    Education

    • Washington State University, B.S. Rangeland Management 1995
    • Arizona State University, M.S. Environmental Resources 1999
    • University of Montana, Ph.D. Remote Sensing and Ecological Modeling 2004

    Professional Experience

    • Research Ecologist, US Forest Service
      2009 - Current
      I am a Research Ecologist specializing in rangelands
    • Instructor for Principles of Rangeland Management , University of Montana
      2012 - 2012
      I taught Principles of Rangeland Management in Fall Semester of 2012. I led students on 5 field trips evaluating rangeland health, elk habitat, monitoring techniques and ecological sites.
    • Fuels Team Leader for the LANDFIRE Project, US Forest Service
      2004 - 2009
      I was the lead spatial analyst and team leader for the LANDFIRE project
    • Consultant for rangeland wildlife habitats, Self
      1995 - 1996
      I was a consultant who worked to providing habitat assessments for elk, mule deer and lekking birds in in rangelanlds.

    Professional Organizations

    • University Of Montana, Adjunct Faculty (2012 - Current)
      Adjunct professor, sponsoring students, joint ventures and lecturer
    • Society For Range Management, Board Member (2002 - Current)
      Event organizer and active member on GIS and Remote Sensing and Inventory and Monitoring Committees

    Awards & Recognition

    • Certificate of Merit for scientific leadership of the rangeland component for the RPA Assessment, 2011
      Certificate of Merit for scientific leadership of the rangeland component for the USDA FS 2010 RPA Assessment Report from Tom Tidwell, chief of the US Forest Service
    • Meritorious award for completion of LANDFIRE project awarded by Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory, 2009
      Meritorious award for completion of LANDFIRE project awarded by Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory
    • Meritorious award for completion of LANDFIRE project awarded by Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory, 2009
      Meritorious award for completion of LANDFIRE project awarded by Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory
    • Award for outstanding service awarded by US Forest Service Fire and Aviation Management. , 2005
      Award for outstanding service awarded by US Forest Service Fire and Aviation Management.
    • Outstanding Graduate Student, 1999
      I was voted the outstanding graduate student at Arizona State Univeristy in the Department of Architecture and Environmental Design
    • Outstanding Range Management Senior, 1995
      I was voted the outstanding senior at Washington State Univeristy

    Publications

    Research Highlights

    HighlightTitleYear


    RMRS-2016-247
    Rangeland Drought: Effects and Adaptation Strategies

    There is a critical need to understand how drought affects rangelands because drought severity and drought-associated disturbances are expected ...

    2016


    Last updated on : 12/17/2018